Shakur Stevenson dominates Robson Conceicao in 130lb final

The top 135lb fighters will soon have their hands full.

Shakur Stevenson put on another dominating performance in his last bout at 130, surpassing Robson Conceicao in front of a crowd of 10,107 at the Prudential Center on Friday in Newark, New Jersey, Stevenson’s hometown.

The official results were 118-108, 117-109 and 117-109. Boxing Junkie also scored 118-108, 11 rounds to one.

“I’m still locked up [but] I still have a lot to prove,” Stevenson said afterwards.

Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) lost his two 130-pound titles on Thursday on the scales, coming in at 1.6 pounds.

As such, the belts were only at stake for Conceicao, who could have pulled out of the fight – and claimed his full purse – and fought someone else for the now vacant titles. Instead, he decided to continue the fight.

Things didn’t go well for him.

Stevenson, a brilliant southpaw, chose Conceicao (17-2, 8 KOs) aside from the opening bell with hard lefts to the head and body that won him round after round.

Conceicao, a 2016 Olympic champion, has never stopped trying. He just couldn’t land his punches accurately because of his opponent’s uncanny defensive skills.

The Brazilian went down from a body shot in the final seconds of Round 4. And Stevenson lost a point for slamming it on the canvas in round 9.

However, these moments did not affect the result. When the last bell rang, no one doubted who would raise their hand.

The only thing Stevenson failed to do was take out his overwhelmed opponent, which should be due in part to Conceicao’s scuffle tactics – including lots of grappling – throughout the stretch.

It also underscored the perception that he doesn’t have the knockout power of some of his peers.

But dominance is dominance. Stevenson has also made a strong statement without a break.

“I did what I was supposed to do,” he said. “I came and hit him. That’s what I came for.”

What’s next for the 25-year-old? Possibly much bigger things.

Stevenson has expressed interest in fighting former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko, who remains at 135 pounds.

And of course, undisputed champion Devin Haney is also in Stevenson’s sights. Haney will face former champion George Kambosos Jr. in a rematch on October 16.

And there are other attractive options if Stevenson can’t get Lomachenko or Haney right away.

The bottom line is that he’s coming. And that doesn’t seem like good news for the top 135 fighters, based on Stevenson’s success at 126 and 130.

“I think whoever I fight, it’s going to be a big fight…in this lightweight class,” he said. “These are all big names. I’m ready to fight whoever.”

Story originally appeared on Boxing Junkie

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