The Homecoming: Newark Native Shakur Stevenson to Defend Unified Junior Light-weight Title Towards Robson Conceição September 23 at Prudential Heart LIVE on ESPN – Light-weight sensation Keyshawn Davis set to return within the co-feature
Brick Metropolis’s boxing celebrity, Shakur Stevenson, is the junior light-weight king. He’ll quickly return house to defend his throne.
Stevenson-Conceição and Davis’ bout will air reside on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (simulcast) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Promoted by Prime Rank, tickets beginning at $50 go on sale TODAY, July 25, at 2 p.m. ET and will be bought at Ticketmaster.com.
“The sensational Shakur Stevenson is a as soon as in a era boxing expertise, and he’s again house in Newark as a world champion towards a worthy contender in Robson Conceição,” mentioned Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “I can also’t wait to see younger skills like Keyshawn Davis and Bruce Carrington carry out on such a major card.”
“Prudential Heart is extremely proud to accomplice as soon as once more with Prime Rank and ESPN to host Newark’s personal Shakur Stevenson in his homecoming bout, as he defends his junior light-weight world titles on this thrilling matchup versus Robson Conceição”, mentioned Dylan Wanagiel, VP of Sports activities Properties & Particular Occasions for Prudential Heart. “Having Shakur again house means an amazing deal to this metropolis, as his presence alone is an inspiration to our subsequent era. We sit up for one other historic evening as we add to the wealthy historical past of fight sports activities in our nice state of New Jersey. We welcome all combat aficionados to affix the distinctive pleasure of a Newark crowd, which we are going to share with the worldwide audiences of ESPN and ESPN Deportes.”
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) returns to Prudential Heart following a career-best efficiency in April over Oscar Valdez. He unified two junior light-weight titles in a near-shutout over 12 rounds and vaulted up the pound-for-pound rankings. Stevenson, a former featherweight world champion, gained the WBO junior light-weight strap final October with a knockout over long-reigning champion Jamel Herring. In 18 skilled fights since capturing a silver medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Stevenson has misplaced a small handful of rounds, establishing himself as the game’s premier defensive practitioner. The southpaw stylist comes again to Brick Metropolis intent on sustaining his dominance.
Stevenson mentioned, “I’m coming house to Newark and I’m again as a unified champion. I’ve at all times proudly represented Newark, and I’m able to carry out in entrance of my hometown followers at Prudential Heart on September 23. Robson Conceição gave Oscar Valdez a troublesome combat. Lots of people felt like he gained, however we’ll see how good he actually is when he fights me.”
Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs) made historical past as Brazil’s first Olympic boxing gold medalist, turning professional underneath the Prime Rank banner lower than three months after the 2016 Rio Video games. He entered the Valdez final combat final September with a 16-0 file, however the oddsmakers gave him little shot at dethroning the champion. Twelve rounds later, he misplaced a detailed factors verdict however finally proved himself as a worthy title contender. Lower than 5 months after the Valdez combat, he traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and upset the beforehand undefeated Xavier Martinez over 10 rounds. Conceição, who fought the likes of Valdez, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Joe Cordina and Josh Taylor as an newbie, now will get the possibility to battle one other embellished newbie turned skilled world champion.
Conceição mentioned, “Shakur Stevenson is a wonderful athlete and has my respect for all the things he has achieved. Our paths are crossing, and there’ll solely be one champion. I assure the most effective efficiency of my life. It will likely be the combat of the yr and an amazing present for the viewers and my Brazilian followers, those that by no means surrender!”
Davis (5-0, 4 KOs), from Norfolk, Virginia, shined within the Stevenson-Valdez co-feature, knocking out Esteban Sanchez in six rounds. The 23-year-old nicknamed “The Businessman,” is a rising star who has but to lose a spherical within the paid ranks. The one-time newbie celebrity was one of many fistic stars of Tokyo 2020. Davis ran roughshod by way of the light-weight bracket till the championship bout, the place he misplaced a aggressive resolution to Cuban prodigy Andy Cruz.
The undercard, streaming reside and completely on ESPN+, is highlighted by the fifth skilled outing of featherweight Bruce Carrington, who hails from Brownsville, Brooklyn. Carrington (4-0, 3 KOs) will combat Chilean veteran Jose Argel (8-4, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder. Carrington has gained three straight by knockout since turning professional with a call victory final October on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III undercard.
In different undercard motion:
Lengthy Island-born welterweight prospect Jahi Tucker (8-0, 5 KOs) steps up in school towards New Mexico’s Jose Luis Sanchez (11-2-1, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Sanchez went the space towards prime junior middleweight prospect Xander Zayas final September.
A pair of Puerto Rican contenders, junior light-weight Henry “Moncho” Lebron (16-0, 10 KOs) and featherweight Orlando Gonzalez (18-1, 11 KOs), will see motion in separate eight-rounders.
Floyd “Cashflow” Diaz (6-0, 2 KOs), from The Bronx, N.Y., fights in a six-rounder at junior featherweight, whereas well-liked Puerto Rican prospect Armani Almestica (6-0, 6 KOs) goes for knockout quantity seven in a six-rounder at light-weight.
Common New York Metropolis welterweight Pablo Valdez (6-0, 5 KOs) makes his 2022 debut in a six-rounder.
Here’s what the fighters needed to say on the press convention.
Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing Operations, Prime Rank
“Shakur Stevenson final fought right here in July 2019. He now returns as a two-time world champion and a unified 130-pound champion. He’s on everybody’s pound-for-pound listing. He’s among the finest fighters on the earth. And when all of us journey, and also you run into any individual and ask, ‘The place are you from?’ And also you say, ‘Jersey.’ They’ll say, ‘What exit?’ However you recognize what, we are saying that it’s going to vary to, ‘That’s the hometown of Shakur Stevenson.’ That’s how far he’s going to go. And he’s not even near his prime.”
“For all the youngsters, you’ve obtained to maintain attempting to be nice. Maintain striving to be higher. I wish to be an instance for you all. I wish to guarantee that I do my half. I’m going to come back in form and able to combat on September 23. I’m going to placed on a present for the youngsters, and for the town of Newark. I wish to offer you all a hell of a efficiency. I’m going to do my half, and I’m going to come back in form. I admire the assist. I’m locked in, and September 23, I’m going to placed on a present.”
“I really feel like Prime Rank has the most effective prospects within the recreation. That is undoubtedly one of many playing cards to observe. I really feel like that is going to be one other ‘Oscar Valdez’ kind of an evening. I really feel like that is going to be one other Shakur Stevenson vs. Jamel Herring combat. I really feel like combat goes to be about six rounds proper right here. However not solely the primary occasion. I really feel just like the undercard goes to placed on a spectacular efficiency, too. I don’t actually see any of us going all the rounds as a result of I really feel like we ought to be getting stoppage that evening. As for me, the enterprise man goes to do what he do. I’ve been placing on nice performances ever since ya’ll been seeing me combat.”
“I do know you’ll all be within the constructing on September 23. You already know I’m bringing my folks on September 23. We’re going to placed on a present. An enormous shout out to all of the boxers right here. Floyd ‘Cashflow’ Diaz is within the constructing. ‘Flashy’ Keyshawn Davis is within the constructing. We’ve obtained Jahi Tucker. He’s within the constructing. And then you definitely’ve obtained the person himself, Shakur Stevenson from Newark, New Jersey. He’s going to placed on a present. And you recognize me as nicely, I’m going to placed on a present, too. I’ll see you on September 23.”
“On September 23, I’ll have a superb efficiency for you all. It’s my first time preventing in Jersey. I’m going to make it a memorable one. Shakur is a superb fighter. That is his hometown, so I’ve obtained to come back robust. I’m going to be right here September 23, and I’ll see you all.”
“I simply wish to ensure that I placed on a present for everyone. I wish to present all people that I’m scary at 122. And it’s what it’s. On September 23, me and my guys are going to placed on a present. We’re right here to take over.”