Name: Cleiton Conceicao
Birthplace: Cruz das Almas, Bahia, Brazil
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Jorge Padilla
Cleiton Conceicao started boxing at the young age of 11 in his hometown of Cruz Das Almas, a small town in the state of Bahia, where boxing at the time was not popular. Even though there was no gym or training equipment, he was determined to become a great boxer and he trained with his friends whenever and wherever he could.
When he turned 17 he migrated to Sao Paolo, Brazil searching for better opportunities and hoping to help his family have a better living. Once in Sao Paolo, he continued his training at the boxing academy “Corinthians” where he learned his basics and prepared for his amateur career.
In 1998 he began fighting, defeating his opponents in every fight and becoming a National Amateur Champion. He traveled and fought in International events where he grew stronger and experienced in countries such as Cuba, Mexico and the US among others.
Two years after his amateur debut he struggled to convince the Brazilian Olympic team managers that he was ready for the team. After several turndowns, he finally got the opportunity to try-out in a Pre-Olympic event in Buenos Aires, Argentina winning a highly sought after spot on the Brazilin Boxing Team for the Olympic Games of Sydney 2000 defeating his opponent, Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga (now 17 – 2 – (16).
Conceicao fought alongside Brazilian boxers such as Valdemir Pereira, 24 - 1 (15), Aguinaldo Nunes, 15 – 1- 1 (8), Kelson Carlos Pinto, 23 – 2 (21), Laudelino Barros, 24 – 1 – 1 (22), Jose Dede, 6 – 1 – 2- (3), And he fought American, Jeff Lacy 21 – 1 (17).
Upon his return from the Olympiads he decided to continue training and growing as an amateur boxer traveling and fighting around the world for three more years.
On November 27, 2003 he changed his status to Professional Boxer and began his search for the dream of a World Championship. His debut was victorious, defeating his opponent Jose Inacio De Sa by TKO in the first round in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
His professional career has taken him to a total of 11 fights, 9 won, 7 by KO and 2 losses, the last one being a controversial stoppage at the 1:18 minute of the 6th round, where the audience booed the referee’s decision to stop the fight before confirming if Cleiton had recovered. It was a very good match with both fighters owning similar knock out records and potential, where Cleiton landed outstanding punches through out the fight but lost in the 6th and last round.
Nowadays, Conceicao trains in California and keeps preparing to offer boxing fans exiting fights and continue his personal search of becoming a World Champion.
- 2000 fought as a Midleweight for the Brazilian Olympic Team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Results were:
- Lost to Jeff Lacy (USA) RSC 3
- 1998- Forja del campeones Championship. (BRA)
- 1998- 1999- 2001 Sao Paulo State Championship (BRA)
- 1998- 2000- 2002 Brazilian National Championship (BRA)
- 1999-2001-2002 Tournament of Champions “Championship”(BRA)
- 1999- Silver Gloves Champion (BRA)
- 2000- Pre Olympic Championship (ARG)
- 2000- Eduardo Garcia International tournament (CUB) First Brazilian ever to win a tournament in Cuba
- 2001- Bronze medal in the Pan American Championship (PUR)
- 2001- Silver medal in the Eduardo Garcia International tournament (CUB)
- 2002- Campeon del Circuito Olimpico Internacional (BRA)
- 2002- Campeon del Juegos Abiertos del interior de Sao Paulo (BRA)
- 2003- Campeon del Circuito Olimpico Internacional (BRA)
Also competed in various championships in France, Ireland, Chile, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina.