Hebert Conceição has revealed his post-fight battle-cry was a tribute to the rich fighting history of his home state in Brazil.
The Olympic gold medallist made a stunning start to life in the professional ranks, when stopping Danny Mendoza in the second round, earlier this month.
Probellum fighter Conceição made his debut in Uzbekistan but after halting Mendoza, he climbed onto the ropes and delivered a passionate message directly into the lens of the television cameras that had captured his performance.
And as the 24-year-old details, it was a special nod to the fighting spirit of his community, which has produced fighters including two-weight world champion Acelino Freitas and Olympic hero Robson Conceição, who faces Shakur Stevenson next month.
“In Bahia, which is my state in Brazil, all the fighters say: ‘Bahia is like a punch to the head’” Conceição said with pride.
A clip of the punches from Conceição which brought his pro debut to an end – shared on Probellum’s official channels – went viral across social media and he hopes to have won multiple new fans off the back of it.
“I feel good for the guys of my country, and the people around the world who watched my fight,” he said.
“It is special for me because I know now that the people watched my fight and I hope that that the guys watch all my fights again.
“There have been many great moments already in my boxing career, and this was another special moment in my life. I hoped very much for this moment, and I enjoyed every second of it. I am so happy.”
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