Zayas Eases Past Teixeira To Remain Undefeated

Xander Zayas maintained his undefeated record with a comfortable unanimous decision victory against Patrick Teixeira.

The junior middleweight clash could have presented Zayas with some problems. He faced his first-ever southpaw and a veteran who was coming into form. Teixeira had stopped his last three opponents. However, Zayas prevented his opponent from gaining a foothold.

As early as round two, Zayas landed a big left hook to rock Teixeira’s head. Zayas’ increased output showed, with 14 body shots to finish that round. While Teixeira showed his determination, Zayas stepped on the gas. A right uppercut, followed by a left, stung Teixeira in round three. Zayas was dominating, breaking down Teixeira’s guard. 

After the halfway stage, Zayas was looking for a stoppage. In round eight, a left-right combo followed by a later uppercut hurt Teixeira. Once the eighth ended, doctors checked Teixeira to see if he could continue. While the fight was allowed to go on, the result was inevitable, with Zayas taking the win with the judges: 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91. 

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“I felt it was a tough test, but I passed it with flying colors. Like everyone at Top Rank tells me, before you go 12, you have to go 10. I did it today. I graduated. Those were the rounds I needed. I’m ready for whatever they throw at me now. I have to work on that angle to the lefty, getting to the outside, working the body. I felt my distance was key today. I’ve been saying it, Josh Kelly. (Top Rank) also just signed Vito Mielnicki, a good friend of mine, but he’s 154 pounds and he’s form Jersey. It’s a fight we can make happen in the future,” Zayas said

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