Steven Luevano: 36-1-1 (15 KO), Rated #2 at Featherweight by the BTBC
Height: 5′ 7 “
Career Achievements: Reigning WBO Featherweight Champ (4 Defenses)
Notable Opposition: Cristobal Cruz (Win via UD), Nicky Cook (Win via KO 11), Mario Santiago (Draw), Billy Dib (Win via UD)
Bernabe Concepcion: 29-1-1 (16 KO), Rated #5 at Jr. Featherweight by the BTBC
Height: 5′ 4″
Career Achievements: WBC International Featherweight Title
Notable Opposition: None
Paulie the Sicilian’s Prediction: There’s no doubt that Luevano is the better, more accomplished pro boxer. He’s not really outstanding in any one area, but he’s well-schooled…and that goes a long way these days.
Concepcion is a ball of energy, but, on paper, doesn’t even belong in the ring with Luevano.
However, this fight ain’t just on paper…
Luevano doesn’t like to be pressured; He has serious issues when fighters press him and don’t give him the space and time to execute his gameplan. And, unfortunately for him, he just doesn’t have the one-punch power to keep an aggressive opponent off him…
Luevano will go into the second half of the fight with a slight lead and Concepcion will be pressing the entire time. Eventually, Concepcion’s pressure and the will of the pro-Filipino crowd will weigh on Luevano and he will tire.
Concepcion stops an exhausted Luevano in the 10th or 11th.