Fighter Of The Week: Patrick Teixeria

This week was supposed to be a quiet week before the big fights coming up the next two weeks. It ended up being anything but that, the weekend’s action certainly outperformed its hype. Oscar Valdez was dropped and in serious danger against a late minute replacement. Hotshot prospect Joe Cordina was in the toughest fight of his young career and world champ, Zolani Tete was dethroned in what was supposed to be a tune-up against rugged Filipino John Casimero. However, the weekends best action came when an all-out brawl broke loose in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas between Patrick Teixeira of Brazil and Carlos Adames of the Dominican Republic. It was the Brazilian who survived the 12 rounds of warfare to capture the upset victory, the WBO interim 154-pound belt and our fighter of the week award.

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Patrick Teixeira was supposed to be a test for Carlos Adames, a test that pushed him, but a test he ultimately would pass. Teixeira proved to be far too difficult a test, however. Bleeding profusely through both eyes pretty early on and well behind on the scorecards through six, Texiera, a heavy underdog, dug deep and rallied back starting in the seventh, Adames rocked Teixeira with three uppercuts and was gunning for the stoppage when Teixeira, suddenly, out of nowhere rebounded with thuddings rights hooks one after another followed up with a perfectly placed straight left hand and dropped Adames. Adames was in serious trouble and saved by the bell. The tough Dominican tried to battle back but never fully recovered, He had moments but was outboxed in the second half of the fight, eating shots from a variety of angles from the southpaw. Teixeira seized control of the fight and took the majority of the rounds in the second half to capture the close but clear unanimous decision victory by scores of 114-113 twice and 116-111. Post-fight the newly crowned and proud interim champ said “I am very happy to bring a world title back to Brazil. I want to make boxing bigger in Brazil. Soccer is our biggest sport, and this is a great moment for boxing in my country.”

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Teixeira captured the WBO interim belt and will likely be upgraded to full champion status when Jaime Munguia, who is already scheduled to fight in a middleweight bout in Texas against Gary O’Sullivan in January, vacates the strap in the upcoming weeks. Top Rank heavily promoted Adames and had high hopes for him in the crowded 154-pound division and wants to get him a title, when Teixeira is upgraded to full champ status, Bob Arum will certainly push for the rematch and it will be met with little objection from the boxing world given how competitive the first fight was. The other lucrative options would be unification bouts with either the winner of the Harrison-Charlo bout or Julian Williams given he gets by Jeison Rosario next month in Philadephia.

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