Shakur Stevenson doesn’t know if he will remain at 130lbs.
Stevenson is set to defend his WBC and WBO 130-pound championships against Conceicao on September 23 at Prudential Center in his hometown. The fight will air on ESPN and although Stevenson has said he wanted to become the unified 130lbs champion, he says he may move up to 135lbs after this fight.
“We gotta see,” Stevenson told BoxingScene.com before a recent press conference at Prudential Center. “It’s all up in the air right now. It’s all depending on how I’m feeling. Going up to 135 is not out the way and staying at 130 is not out the way. It’s all depending on what I feel and how I feel after this fight. So, we’re gonna see. Maybe I’ll go up to 135 for one fight, and then come back down to 130. You never know. I can play with it like that. I feel like I’m that good.”
Shakur Stevenson is 18-0 and coming off the win over Oscar Valdez and is one of the best up-and-coming fighters in the sport. He also holds notable wins over Jamel Herring, Joet Gonzalez, Alberto Guervara, and Christopher Diaz.
Ahead of his fight, Stevenson is also confident he will defeat Conceicao and get a stoppage win.
“I’m expecting him to try to box and be technical,” Stevenson told BoxingScene.com. “But he gonna have moments when he try to get out of line. I’m going in there to beat him up. I’m not about to play around with him. I feel if you wait with them Olympic-style fighters, them boxers, you give them confidence and you allow them to get into the fight. I think that’s where [Oscar] Valdez made a mistake. He didn’t put the pressure on [Conceicao] and didn’t try to start beating him up until rounds six, seven. I think that’s where he went wrong. With me, from round two and three, you’ll see a lot of me trying to beat him up. I wanna get him out of there.”
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