At the age of 29, Robson is a one-year pro. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he was an elite amateur at the international level before his debut – a three-time Brazilian Olympian who, in 2016, became the first boxer from his country to win an Olympic gold medal.
He fought eight times in his first 19 months as a pro.
In his last fight on June 30 in Oklahoma City he won by third-round TKO against Gavino Guaman.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Robson Conceicao knocked out Ecuador native Gavino Guaman, fighting out of River Falls, Wisconsin, in the third round of their scheduled six-round fight.
Conceicao dropped Guaman when he leaned into a right hand with about 20 seconds left in the first round. He dropped him twice more in the second round, first with a right hand that knocked Guaman off balance before he went down on a delayed reaction with about 15 seconds left and then with a five-punch combination that sent him to his rear end as the bell ended the round.
In the third round, Conceicao floored Guaman again with an overhand right in the opening minute. When Guaman was unsteady getting to his feet, [the] referee waved it off at 53 seconds. [End Rafael item]
In is post-fight interview, Robson said, “I was very calm during the fight because I had a great training camp with Pedro Diaz in Miami. I had great sparring there.
“Step by step, I’m showing that I’m ready for the better fighters in my division. I want to face the champions. I know I’m ready. I want to bring a world title to Brazil.”
When Robson signed a promotional contract with Top Rank in September, 2016, 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 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.
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.” [End Rafael item]
Manager Sergio Batarelli said, “Robson started boxing with a trainer in Salvador named Bel, and then Bel took him to Luis Carlos Dorea and Dorea has been his trainer since his first amateur fight. Robson was 13 years old. The Brazilian Olympic team had other trainers at the Olympic Games in Rio, but Dorea was also there in the dressing room with Robson for all of his fights.”
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 was announced as the winner of his fight against Vasiliy Lomachenko, but in a very unusual move, governing body AIBA later changed the result to a win for Lomachenko.