Shakur Stevenson conceded defeat after weighing in a pound and a half over the super featherweight limit on Thursday.
The talented two-weight world champion lost his WBC and WBO world titles after failing to meet the 130-pound stipulation.
Stevenson weighed 1.6 pounds and had to explain himself for the fight to continue. Conceição is eligible to win the titles after reaching a monetary and dehydration agreement after lengthy talks.
If Stevenson wins, the titles are vacated.
Despite the furor, Stevenson is ready to win and move up in weight.
“I gave it my all. I’ve been pro my whole career and gained weight, but my body can’t do 130 anymore.
“My health has to come first. I will go up to 135 in my next fight,” she said.
As fight night approaches, Stevenson is ready for Conceicao’s challenge.
“Honestly, I’m ready to fight. I’m not really focused on pressure. I don’t care about all that.
“I’m really focused on working on Friday night. I am ready to fight at the end of the day.
“All I can think about is fighting and performing. That’s all I have in mind.
“He is a good fighter. But I think he lost against Valdez. If you left it in the hands of the judges, you lost. I fought Valdez and gave him a beating.
“I have no excuses. He is talking about having COVID or something before his last fight. All I hear are excuses. I am ready to fight.
“Tell him to have no excuses on Friday night. I’m ready to hit it.
“I never leave it in the hands of the judges. I go there and take whatever I want.”
Conceição said: “I am very motivated. I’ve trained my whole life for this moment. The world could see that I was better than Oscar Valdez. I should have won.
“I am an uncrowned champion and ready for Friday night.
“Shakur is someone I really respect. He is a great athlete. I can tell he is young, probably too excited and talks too much.
“This coming Friday, there will only be one champion, and that champion is me.”
In the eight-round lightweight co-feature, US Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (5-0, 4 KOs) steps up in his class against Omar Tienda (25-5, 18 KOs).
Shakur Stevenson vs. Robson Conceicao heavyweights:
• Shakur Stevenson 131.6 vs. Robson Conceição 129.6 (WBC/WBO/Ring Magazine junior lightweight world titles—12 rounds)
• Keyshawn Davis 136.2 lbs vs. Omar Tienda 136.4 lbs (Light Weight— 8 Rounds)
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• Henry Lebron 130 lbs vs. Andy Vences 129.8 lbs (junior lightweight – 8 rounds)
• Bruce Carrington 126.6 lbs vs. Jose Argel 126.8 lbs (Featherweight – 6 Rounds)
• Pablo Valdez 153.6 pounds. Noah Alexander Lopez 152.2 lbs (Junior Middleweight – 6 rounds)
• Jahi Tucker 147.8 lbs vs. Jose Luis Sanchez 148.2 lbs (Welterweight — 8 Rounds)
• Orlando Gonzalez 127 lbs vs. Misael Lopez 126.2 lbs (Featherweight— 8 Rounds)
• Floyd Diaz 122.8 lbs vs. Juan Hernandez 123 lbs (Junior Featherweight— 6 Rounds)
• Antoine Cobb 144 lbs vs. Jaylan Phillips 141.8 lbs (Welterweight — 4 Rounds)
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