At the age of 28, Robson made his pro debut in November, 2016. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he was an elite amateur at the international level – a three-time Brazilian Olympian who, in 2016, became the first boxer from his country to win an Olympic gold medal.
In his last fight on July 21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he won by first-round knockout against Bernardo Gomez.
Boxingscene.com’s Miguel Rivera reported [excerpts]: Brazilian Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao blew away Bernardo Gomez in the first round with a powerful combination.
The series of punches left the Gomez on the ground for several minutes in a fight that was stipulated for eight rounds at 133 pounds.
When Robson signed a promotional contract with Top Rank in September, 2016, ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [Sept. 2, 2016 – excerpts]: Robson Conceicao, who thrilled the home fans by becoming the first Brazilian boxer in history to win an Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month, has signed a professional contract with American promotional giant Top Rank.
As talented as the 27-year-old Conceicao is – he was also an Olympian in 2012 and 2008 – Top Rank president Todd duBoef sees him as a fighter with a built-in fan base at home who can become a major box-office star.
“The most important thing to me was the incredible connection he has to those fans in Brazil,” duBoef said. “That was A, No. 1. The fighting style, his speed, his power, what he does with his right hand or his left hand – I will leave that to my matchmakers. But his marketability is sensational, absolutely over the top.”
DuBoef said that Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman, who attended the Olympics, was blown away by the reaction he saw from the Brazilian fans when Conceicao boxed.
“He said he had never seen anything across the board in terms of enthusiasm in the arena as Conceicao progressed in the Olympics, and especially when he won the gold medal,” duBoef said.
“Obviously, his skills at that level speak for themselves, but the marketability and coming from Brazil, which is a massive country that supports its sports stars, make this the perfect combination for us.
“He’s mature, and he’s going to jump right into six-rounders and maybe into eight-rounders after two fights,” duBoef said. “We may see quicker transitions to the pros than we have after previous Olympics because of the new rules in Rio.”
Conceicao’s signing is the second major Brazilian one for Top Rank. Following the 2012 Olympics, it signed middleweight Esquiva Falcao, the country’s first-ever boxing silver medalist. Falcao is one of Top Rank’s top prospects.
“This is step No. 2 of our long-term investment into Brazil and the boxing category,” duBoef said. “They’re huge fans of MMA, but it’s also a fertile place for boxing.”
As an amateur, Robson had impressive wins against Oscar Valdez of Mexico, who currently holds the WBO featherweight world title, and Jesus Cuellar of Argentina, who went on to win the WBA featherweight world title. In the 2011 World Championships, Robson lost a very close 19-18 decision against Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, a two-division world champion as a pro who currently holds the WBO junior lightweight world title, and is universally considered one of today’s top fighters “pound-for-pound.”