Fighter Robson Conceição, 35, missed the opportunity to become the first Brazilian Olympic and world boxing champion in the early hours of this Friday (17).
The fight between the Bahian from Salvador and the Mexican Emanuel Navarrete, valid for the world boxing title in the super featherweight category (up to 59 kg) of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), ended in a draw. The fight took place at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, in the United States.
Conceição’s greatest career achievement is gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.
If he had won against Navarrete, who kept the belt, the Brazilian would have joined a select group of fighters who were Olympic and world champions, such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
It was the third time that the Brazilian competed for the world title in the sport. He was also defeated in 2021, in a controversial fight against Mexican Oscar Valdez, and in 2022, against American Shakur Stevenson.
As a professional, Conceição now has 17 wins, two losses, one draw and one ‘no contest’ (fight without result).