Stevenson, Conceição hit Newark, NJ

WBC/WBO junior lightweight world champion Shakur Stevenson kicked off fight week Tuesday afternoon at Newark, New Jersey’s Boylan Street Recreation Center, where he met several dozen local children and was greeted by Councilwoman LaMonica McIver and other politicians from Newark and the surrounding areas. Stevenson trained at Boylan as a youngster and always makes a point to return to his roots.

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Earlier that day, his challenger Robson Conceição received a hero’s welcome at Mantena Global Care, a Newark-based nonprofit that serves the Latino community in the city. Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood is home to one of the nation’s largest Brazilian populations. Many local dignitaries, including East Ward Council Member Michael J. Silva, were on hand to support Conceição.
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Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs), a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, will defend his belts against Brazilian Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs) on Friday evening at Prudential Center. ESPN will televise.

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  • This boring piece of rat shit should show the council woman and all the politicians a video of him kicking the crap out of that poor chick in the parking lot that was caught on tape. Such a coward fights like a scared safety first boxer but a real warrior fighting chicks.

  • Looks like a nice buildup. I did not figure Conceição would get just as much support as Stevenson in Newark. Somebody did a brilliant job marketing this fight in Ironbound section to the Hispanic community.

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