Shakur Stevenson met face-to-face with Robson Conceicao at Wednesday’s final press conference – and it got intense.
Stevenson and Conceicao had a calm press conference at Newark’s Prudential Center until both boxers began to take verbal jabs at one another. They had to be separated during the face-off after continuing to spew words at one another.
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“I’m very motivated. I’ve trained all my life for this moment. The world was able to see that I was better than Oscar Valdez. I should have won,” Conceicao said through a translator.
“So, he’s not really defending two titles because one should have been mine. I’m a champion without a crown, and I’m ready for Friday night.”
To which Stevenson responded:
“He’s a good fighter. But I think he lost against Valdez. If you left it in the judges’ hands, then you lost. I fought Valdez, and I beat the s– out of him. I don’t have any excuses.
“He’s talking about having COVID or something before his last fight. All I hear are excuses. I’m ready to fight. Tell him not to have any excuses on Friday night. I’m ready to beat him up,” Stevenson said.
“I never leave it in the hands of the judges. I go in there and take everything that I want.”
Conceicao responded by saying that he can tell that the Newark native is young and “probably overly excited and speaks a little too much,” but assured the crowd that he will come out the victor come Friday night.
Before the official presser, Conceicao, of Brazil, told FIGHT SPORTS that he doesn’t believe in favorites.
“We’re both the same. We have two arms, two legs and this Friday there will be one champion, and that’ll be the one that’s better prepared,” Conceicao said through a translator.
“My biggest advantage is my determination [and] motivation. I actually have a motto that says, ‘Never underestimate a man who’s thirsty to win,’ and that man is me.”
Stevenson will defend his WBC and WBO super featherweight titles against Conceicao in the main event on Friday. The undercard will air on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET and the main event is targeted for 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.