Robson Conceicao Scored Impressive Saturday Win
Jr. Lightweight contender Robson Conceicao wants back in the world title picture and Saturday night in the Top Rank Boxing/ESPN main event in Tulsa, OK, he scored an impressive 10 round decision that he believes will help him get there.
Conceicao, now 17-1, 8 KOs, was faster, more effective and dominated previously unbeaten Xavier Ramirez in 10 round unanimous decision with scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) January 30, 2022
The Brazilian Conceicao, who won a Gold Medal in front of his home fans at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, is looking to get a rematch with WBC 130 lb. champ, Oscar Valdez. Valdez rallied in their October meeting and scored a close 12 round decision win over Conceicao. A fight that the Brazilian believes he had banked enough rounds early to win.
Back to Saturday night at the Hard Rock Casino, Conceicao said through an interpreter of his work/victory,
“I learned a lot from that Oscar Valdez loss, and that’s why I was able to dedicate myself,” Conceição said. “I wasn’t discouraged by what happened that evening. I know who I am, and I knew if I put in the work, I could have this type of performance. But my mind is set on Valdez, and I definitely want that shot.
To be honest, I think Xavier Martinez punches harder than Oscar Valdez. I felt his punches, but I know this is the type of fight I needed to prepare myself because I’m a world champion level fighter. And I definitely want Oscar Valdez.”
The unbeaten Valdez appears to be in line for a Unification bout at Junior Lightweight with rising, unbeaten star and Top Rank promoted WBO World champ, Shakur Stevenson.
Meanwhile, in the co-feature for Top Rank Saturday, Giovanni Cabrera out of Chicago, 19-0, 7 KOs, who had not fought in over 800 days going back to 2019, put on a one-sided boxing exhibition. He scored a unanimous decision over Rene Tellez Giron in their eight-rounder at Junior Welterweight. Cabrera was quicker and landing the more impactful blows and ended Giron’s three-bout winning streak.
The bout was contested at the 140. lb. limit because Giron showed up five pounds overweight Friday for his originally scheduled showdown against Luis Melendez. He was then quickly matched with Cabrera, who weighed in at 138.6, but hopes to campaign as a Lightweight moving forward.