Stevenson-Conceição will air Friday (10 pm ET/7 pm PT) LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ from the Prudential Center
Shakur Stevenson they are two days away from defending their titles at home. The WBO, WBC, and Ring Magazine junior lightweight king will defend his belts on Friday night against Robson Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) at the Prudential Center. Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, is a Newark native fighting on home soil as a first-time world champion.
Before Stevenson and Conceição took the microphone, the Newark City Mayor’s office presented Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) with a proclamation declaring September 21, 2022, as Shakur Stevenson Day in the city. . That was followed by a special plaque from the Quitman Street School students. Stevenson attended Quitman Street Elementary School and the building is less than a mile from the Prudential Center.
In the eight-round lightweight co-feature, the United States Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (5-0, 4 KO) steps up in opposition against omar Store (25-5, 18 KOs).
This was what the fighters had to say during the press conference:
“Honestly, I’m ready to fight. I don’t really focus on pressure. I don’t care about all that. I’m more focused on doing my job this Friday night. All things considered, I’m ready to fight. I can only think about fighting and putting on a great performance. That’s all I have in mind.”
“He is a good fighter. But I think he lost against Óscar Valdez. If you left it up to the judges, you lost. I fought Valdez and beat him up. I have no excuse. He says that he had Covid or something before his last fight. But I’m just hearing excuses. I am ready to fight. Tell him to have no excuses this Friday night. I’m ready to beat him up.”“I never leave it in the hands of the judges. I go into the ring and grab everything I want.”
• Robson Conceicao
“It was very moving the welcome I received from my community here. I understand very well that Shakur is a native, but I also feel at home here.”
“I’m very motivated. I’ve trained my whole life for this moment. The world could see that he was better than Óscar Valdez. I should have won. Therefore, he is not defending two titles because one of them should have been mine. I am a champion without a crown, and I am ready for this Friday.”
“Shakur is someone that I really respect. He is a great athlete. It shows that he is young, perhaps too excited and that is why he talks too much. But this Friday there will only be one champion and that champion will be me.”
“This is what boxing is about. Shakur and Robson made their first professional fights with Top Rank. Now, they are fighting for a world title on the big stages in front of millions of people on television and around the world. A little while ago they saw the young people who will be participating in the support. Soon they will be taking this place themselves, fighting on the big stages and in main events. This is how boxing should be. That’s why I’m still doing it at the age of 90.”
• Keyshawn Davis
“Keyshawn will continue to be Keyshawn and he’s going to have fun. The talent that Shakur and I have is extraordinary. Both of us will have the opportunity to show our talent consecutively. As I said last time in Vegas when I fought alongside him, the fans will be the winners at the end of the night. And that’s definitely what happened. We look forward to giving the fans what they paid for and came to see.”Will it be my toughest opponent to date? I don’t know. We’ll see. I hope it will be a great fight to keep improving and developing. I am more than ready for this match both mentally and physically.” • Omar Store
“I am happy to be in the co-main event of an event of this class. We are excited and happy to come and do our job. What do we bring different? Well, obviously experience, more work and more strength. And we have big surprises for the whole night”.“You know why I have the nickname ‘The Hero.’ 13 years in the middle of the rescue, doing different rescues internationally. Not only in 2008. Also in 2010, 2014 and the last one in 2016. They have been very important rescues where life is at risk, where we know that we are going to go to work and we do not know if we are going to return to see our family. So, this for me is work, enjoy, joy. We came to surprise and the name of the ‘Hero’ is going to sound again”.
“Joining Top Rank is the best move I have ever made. I am happy to be part of this team. The sky is the limit and I am ready to continue showing my skills. I just want to get in the ring and show off my talent so everyone can see what I’m capable of. Top Rank is the best place to be able to show that.”
• Jahi Tucker
“I want to thank God for the opportunity to be here. This is a testimony of all the great work we have done and this Friday we are going to show the result of that work. This means the world to me.”
FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (10 pm ET / 7 pm PT)Friday, September 23
Shakur Stevenson vs. Robson Conceição, 12 rounds, WBO/WBC/Ring Magazine Jr. Lightweight Titles
Keyshawn Davis vs. Omar Tienda, 8 rounds, Lightweight
ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT)
Andy Vences vs. Henry Lebron, 8 rounds, Jr Lightweight
Bruce Carrington vs. Jose Argel, 6 rounds, Featherweight
Pablo Valdez vs. Noe Alejandro Lopez, 6 rounds, WelterweightJahi Tucker vs. Jose Luis Sanchez, 8 rounds, Welterweight Orlando Gonzalez vs. Misael Lopez, 8 rounds, Featherweight Floyd Diaz vs. Juan Hernandez Martinez, 6 rounds, Jr Featherweight Antoine Cobb vs. Jaylan Phillips, 4 rounds, Welterweight
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