Editor’s note: Shakur Stevenson failed to make weight on Thursday and was stripped of his titles.
Shakur Stevenson puts his WBC and WBO junior lightweight world titles on the line against Robson Conceicao at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday (ESPN/ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET, with prelims at 5:55 p.m. ET on ESPN+).
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs), of Newark, returns home as a champion for the first time. He won the belt against Jamel Herring in 2021 in Atlanta, and defended the title once, against Oscar Valdez in April in Las Vegas.
Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs), from Brazil, is a 2016 Olympic gold medalist who lost his only title fight a year ago, a decision to Valdez in Tucson, Arizona.
Stevenson, 25, looked impressive in his past two outings, being more aggressive and showing his speed, power and reflexes on defense.
Can Conceicao, 33, keep Stevenson away and frustrate him enough to land his punches and score the upset? Or will Stevenson impose his will and dominate the fight on the inside for the victory?
I break down the title fight and pick the winner.
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