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CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA - JANUARY 29: Robson Conceicao is victorious as he defeats Xavier Martinez during their super featherweight fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on January 29, 2022 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

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Rocking Robson: Conceição Defeats Xavier Martinez in Tulsa Main Event

Robson Conceição did not experience a world title defeat hangover. Less than five months removed from a close decision loss to WBC super featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez, Conceição earned a one-sided decision over the previously undefeated Xavier Martinez in a 10-round WBC super featherweight title eliminator Saturday evening at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs), ranked No. 3 by the WBC, won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92. He outlanded Martinez (17-1, 11 KOs) in each of the final five rounds.

After the fight, Conceição called out for a rematch against Valdez.

CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA – JANUARY 29: Robson Conceicao (L) and Xavier Martinez (R) exchange punches during their super featherweight fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on January 29, 2022 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

“I learned a lot from that Oscar Valdez loss, and that’s why I was able to dedicate myself,” Conceição said. “I wasn’t discouraged by what happened that evening. I know who I am, and I knew if I put in the work, I could have this type of performance. But my mind is set on Valdez, and I definitely want that shot.

“To be honest, I think Xavier Martinez punches harder than Oscar Valdez. I felt his punches, but I know this is the type of fight I needed to prepare myself because I’m a world champion level fighter. And I definitely want Oscar Valdez.”

Martinez had pockets of success, stunning Conceição in the fourth and ninth rounds. But the heavy blows were few and far between, as the 2016 Brazilian Olympic gold medalist ultimately showed his class.

Martinez said, “I thought it was closer. I know I didn’t do enough to win. I sat back too much. I didn’t listen to the game plan fully. It is what it is. I’m not going to be a sore loser. He did his thing tonight. It wasn’t my night. I’m not done. This is just the beginning.”

CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA – JANUARY 29: Giovanni Cabrera (L) and Rene Tellez Giron (R) exchange punches during their junior welterweight fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on January 29, 2022 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA – JANUARY 29: Giovanni Cabrera is victorious as he defeats Rene Tellez Giron during their junior welterweight fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on January 29, 2022 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Cabrera Cruises Past Giron

Giovanni Cabrera(19-0, 7 KOs), who is trained by Freddie Roach, authored a one-sided boxing exhibition with a unanimous decision over Rene Tellez Giron (16-2, 10 KOs) in the eight-round junior welterweight co-feature (scores: 77-75 and 78-74 2x). Cabrera, from Chicago, returned to action for the first time since 2019 and ended Giron’s three-bout winning streak.

Giron rose to prominence with his 2019 knockout win over Karlos Balderas, but he showed up five pounds overweight Friday for his originally scheduled showdown against Luis Melendez. He was then matched with Cabrera, who weighed in at 138.6 and hopes to campaign as a lightweight moving forward.

Cabrera outlanded Giron, 141-122, and pulled away on the judges’ cards down the stretch.

In undercard action:

Middleweight Nico Ali Walsh (4-0, 3 KOs) returned to the venue where he made his pro debut last August and once again scored a devastating stoppage. Ali Walsh took care of Jeremiah Yeager(1-2-1, 1 KO) in the second round, knocking him down for the first time with a right-left combination.

Just before the second knockdown, Ali Walsh broke out his grandfather’s patented Ali Shuffle and finished things off with a left hook.

CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA – JANUARY 29: Nico Ali Walsh (L) and Jeremiah Yeager (R) exchange punches during their middleweight fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on January 29, 2022 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Ali Walsh said, “I think the main thing was staying calm, which I did. Another thing was head movement and defense, which I felt like I did improve on. I fought last month, so if I can make those small improvements in this such a short amount of time, who’s telling what I can do in my next fight?
 
“I didn’t plan {the Ali Shuffle}. It was emotional, of course. So much has been going on, but yeah, I didn’t plan on doing that. It’s just something that happened.”

CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA – JANUARY 29: Tiger Johnson is victorious as he defeats Xavier Madrid during their welterweight fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on January 29, 2022 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Cleveland-born welterweight Tiger Johnson (2-0 1 KO), who represented the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics last year, lived up to his blue chip billing with a one-sided, four-round decision over Xavier Madrid (3-1, 1 KO). All three judges scored it 40-36 for Johnson, who had Madrid stunned on a few occasions in the fourth. The Albuquerque native fired back and saw the final bell.

St. Louis-born heavyweight Stephan Shaw (16-0, 12 KOs) shined in his Top Rank debut, stopping Philadelphia’sJoey Dawejko(21-10-4, 12 KOs) in the eighth round. Shaw never had Dawejko seriously hurt, but referee Gerald Ritter stopped the fight on the advice of Dawejko’s corner. 

Featherweight sensation Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (2-0, 1 KO), from Brownsville, Brooklyn, knocked out Steven Brown (1-1, 1 KO) in the second round with a devastating offensive assault. Carrington pinned Brown to the ropes and unloaded with four clean shots. The final blow, a left uppercut, crumpled Brown to the canvas.

CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA – JANUARY 29: Pink Tyson (L) and Carla Torres (R) exchange punches during their junior lightweight fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on January 29, 2022 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Carla Torres (7-6) used her pinpoint accuracy to edgePink Tyson (11-3, 2 KOs) via eight-round majority decision in a junior lightweight affair. The scorecards read as follows: 76-76, 77-75 and 80-72.

Featherweight prospect Haven Brady Jr.(5-0, 3 KOs) went the six-round distance for the first time as a pro, shutting out Mexican veteran Diuhl Olguin (15-21-5, 10 KOs) by identical scores of 60-54.

Light heavyweight Dante Benjamin Jr.(1-0, 1 KO) had a successful pro debut, knocking out Emany Rendon(2-1) at 2:05 of the opening round. Benjamin knocked Rendon down twice, ending the fight with a short left hook.

Credit: Top Rank

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