Robson Conceição has already represented his home nation of Brazil with great distinction, having delighted the home fans in Rio with an Olympic lightweight gold medal five years ago.
Now Conceição is hoping to emulate his amateur glory in the pro ranks when he challenges WBC super-featherweight champion Oscar Valdez at the AVA Amphitheater in the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona, on September 10.
The first Brazilian to ever win a boxing gold medal, Conceição (16-0, 8 KOs) is plotting to defy the odds again and overthrow the division’s No.1 Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) in two months’ time. Mexican Valdez, who thrillingly KOed compatriot Miguel Berchelt in 10 rounds to win the WBC crown in February, spent part of his childhood in Tucson and will enjoy the support of the local fans.
“I’ve been waiting my whole life for this opportunity and that’s why I’m training with great determination,” said Conceição (16-0, 8 KOs).
“I will represent my family and Brazil. I already won a gold medal for my country and now I will bring home a world title. With great determination, I will deliver a great performance. It will be a true spectacle!”
In the 10-round chief supporting contest, unbeaten Californian 130-pounder Gabriel Flores Jr. (20-0, 7 KOs) will test his credentials against capable Mexican Luis Alberto Lopez (22-2, 12 KOs), who upset Andy Vences last July.
The undercard will also feature Japan’s WBO flyweight king Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16 KOs) in action against Puerto Rico’s former world champion Angel Acosta (22-2, 21 KOs).