Almost a year after his points loss to Shakur Stevenson, Robson Conceicao has secured another 130-pound title shot on Stevenson’s next undercard.
A 12-round bout between Conceicao and WBO junior lightweight champion Emanuel Navarrete was announced during ESPN’s boxing broadcast Friday night from American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mexico’s Navarrete (38-1, 31 KOs) and Brazil’s Conceicao (17-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC) have been scheduled to meet in ESPN’s 12-round co-feature November 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Stevenson (20-0, 10 KOs), a two-division champion from Newark, New Jersey, and Dominican southpaw Edwin De Los Santos (16-1, 14 KOs) will fight for the WBC lightweight title in ESPN’s main event November 16. ESPN will air the Stevenson-De Los Santos/Navarrete-Conceicao doubleheader on a Thursday night in conjunction with the network’s coverage of Formula One’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, scheduled for November 18-19 through the streets of Las Vegas.
The 28-year-old Navarrete outworked Oscar Valdez (31-2, 23 KOs) in his last fight, an entertaining 12-rounder he won by unanimous decision August 12 at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Conceicao, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, was supposed to meet Mexico’s Humberto Galindo (14-3-1, 11 KOs) on the Luis Alberto Lopez-Joet Gonzalez undercard Friday night. He was removed from that show Thursday by Top Rank once he agreed to challenge Navarrete next.
The 34-year-old Conceicao’s only action since his 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to Stevenson last September 23 at Prudential Center in Newark quickly resulted in a no-contest June 10.
Nicolas Polanco couldn’t continue beyond the second round of their 10-rounder that night after an accidental clash of heads apparently left him disoriented. Their junior lightweight fight ended in a no-contest because the Dominican Republic’s Polanco (20-4-1, 11 KOs, 1 NC) couldn’t answer the bell for the third round on the Josh Taylor-Teofimo Lopez undercard in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Conceicao’s only loss before Stevenson beat him was a closely contested points loss to Valdez, who won their 12-round fight for Valdez’s WBC super featherweight title in September 2021 in Tucson, Arizona.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.