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Shakur Stevenson says he has been looking forward to facing Robson Conceicao for a long time

Shakur Stevenson. Photo credit: Adam Hunger/Associated Press

WBC and WBO super featherweight champion Shakur ‘Fearless’ Stevenson 18-0 (9) is confident he will have the measure of Robson ‘Nino’ Conceicao 17-1 (8) when they meet at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Friday night.

Southpaw Stevenson, 25, is fresh off his wide unanimous decision win over previously undefeated Oscar Valdez 30-1 (23) in Las Vegas in April.

Brazilian Conceicao, 33, won lightweight gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. His lone loss was to Valdez on points in September last year before rebounding with a 10-round points win over then-undefeated Xavier Martinez 18-1 (12) in Tulsa in January.

Stevenson says he has been ready to face Conceicao for a long time.

“I’ve been waiting for this a long time. This is a big milestone in my career. I’m fully prepared, I’m ready,” Stevenson said to FightHype.

“I’m ready to show out and do what I got to do in front of my fans. I think I’m the person that brings boxing back to Jersey. I think I’m the big star from Jersey and the best fighter that came out of there in a long time.

“I’m putting my city on my back and my fans on my back. Come September 23rd, I’m going to show out and put on an amazing performance.

“I don’t feel like I’m facing an undefeated fighter. He let his foot off the gas in that fight, and that’s the price he got to pay for it.

“You leave it close in the judges’ hands, you can’t cry and call robbery. He showed ways that he can be beat. I think he showed his true colours in that fight. He let his foot off the gas pedal in the sixth round and he did it in a couple of other fights.

“What’s the guy’s name that Robert Garcia trains? He did it in that fight too. He just seemed like an amateur. Amateurs that come into the pros, they show a lot of skills and ability, but nine times out of ten, they be front-runners at that time.

“I am going to be the first person to dominate him. I know I’m going to dominate him. He’s a good fighter and has a difficult style. He’s good at being difficult, but I don’t see him beating me.”