Robson Conceicao wants a place in a select group of Olympic and world boxing champions | battle
Joe Fraser. George Foreman. Sugar Ray Leonard. Muhammad Ali…and Robson Conceicao. The Brazilian Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, amongst these boxing legends? That’s precisely what might occur subsequent Friday when he takes on American Shakur Stevenson for the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization tremendous light-weight belts (as much as 58.9kg) in New Jersey, USA. O Battle broadcast the match stay on a card from 23:00 (Brazil time).
Olympic champion Robson Conceicao is aiming for skilled boxing belts
The report of Spectacular sport (watch the video above) spoke with the 33-year-old Bahian fighter throughout his time in Las Vegas, the place he accomplished the camp for the battle for the 2 belts. If he wins, he’ll enter the select group of Olympic and world boxing champions.
– This is a cause for me to be very proud to know that Muhammad Ali was a nice athlete not solely on high of the ring, but in addition beneath, representing his origin, defending, combating, so I’ve that motivation in him and I will probably be very grateful , that I will be in the identical select group, him, the Olympic champion and the world champion. It will probably be a supply of nice delight and happiness.
Robson Conceicao wants belts from the Council and the World Boxing Organization subsequent Friday — Photo: Evelyn Rodriguez
But earlier than speaking in regards to the doable achievement, Robson Conceicao recalled the best second he is skilled thus far in his profession in the Wonder City.
– Until right this moment, there was no such second. I, after collaborating in two earlier editions, Beijing and London, with the viewers in opposition to him, I used to be capable of be at this third version and at dwelling with the help of the viewers, the household, the crew that was additionally current, so it was a cause for a distinctive feeling and a sense of achievement,” mentioned Robson, who gained 4 fights to change into champion in opposition to Frenchman Sofian Umiha.
But Olympic boxing solely admits beginner boxers. And after three Olympics, the Brazilian modified the course of his profession and debuted in skilled boxing. Since then, he has 17 wins, eight by knockout, and only one loss, final 12 months to then-super light-weight champion Oscar Valdez of Mexico in a contested battle. The battle was definitely worth the World Boxing Council belt. And though Robson obtained the higher of the opening rounds, the Mexican retained the title by choice. Coach Luis Dorea assured that his pupil was forked.
– The choose was very unsuitable, the world noticed it. We did our half, gained the battle, 12 rounds. I consider we clearly gained 9 to 10 rounds (…). May the most effective in the ring win. The champion is made in the ring, so referees cannot make up champions like they did. Robson is definitely the WBC World Boxing Champion and they modified the rating and gave the win to Oscar Valdez who then fought Shakur and misplaced.
Robson Conceicao and his crew closed camp in Las Vegas earlier than going to battle in New Jersey — Photo: Evelyn Rodrigues
In January of this 12 months, Robson defeated Xavier Martinez by unanimous choice. And a 12 months after that defeat, he may have one other likelihood to win not one, however two world titles directly. Shakur Stevenson continues to be undefeated in his profession with 18 wins in 18 fights. Robson assessed the opponent.
– My opponent shouldn’t be straightforward, he’s very tough. He was a silver medalist on the 2016 Rio Games, a world champion in two classes, a younger athlete who has to go all of it. But, sadly, our paths crossed and there can solely be one champion that will probably be Robson Conceicao “O Brabo” – Robson shot revealing that they even educated collectively.
– We met in Rio de Janeiro, we even educated collectively, we had six sparring periods. And we at all times meet at these occasions that occur, even as a result of we’re promoted from the identical firm and we battle now and again (…). It was (coaching) very relaxed. We went six rounds effectively exchanged however each of them developed from there to right here, there’s a lot of battle, a lot of expertise and I’m positive on the twenty third it may be a nice battle, a nice battle,” he concluded.
Robson Conceicao fights for 2 world boxing titles — Photo: Combate
Robson Conceicao has fought for 2 world boxing titles