Top Rank's Puerto Rico Day event will feature Xander Zayas Vs. Patrick Teixeira – Boxing News 24

Rising 154-pound star Xander Zayas is set to headline his first tournament when he faces former WBO junior/middleweight champion Patrick Teixeira (34-4, 25 KOs) on Saturday night, June 8 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square -Garden, live. on ESPN.

Nineteen years ago, Top Rank began a weekend tradition at the Puerto Rican Day Parade when Miguel Cotto defeated Muhammad Abdullaev by TKO in the 9th round to retain the WBO super lightweight title. Now undefeated 21-year-old Xander Zayas will follow in the footsteps of his idol.

Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, then 16-year-old Xander Zayas signed his professional boxing contract with Top Rank in March 2019. Seven months later, the highly touted prospect made his professional boxing debut with a first-round knockout victory. over Genesis Wynn.

In his first sixteen professional fights, Xander Zayas has shown steady growth while also demonstrating the fact that he checks all the boxes. Zayas has a strong jab, elite hand speed, good power and excellent placement.

Besides having all the physical tools, Zayas has ring intelligence and is a young fighter with good poise. When Zayas competed on the undercard of Luis Alberto Lopez-Joet Gonzalez back in September 2023, he faced Roberto Valenzuela Jr.

In the first round of the fight, Zayas landed a tricky left hook, causing Valenzuela to fall to the canvas. Valenzuela was able to get up, but with 52 seconds left in the first round, Valenzuela fell a second time. Zayas landed a left hand in the third round that cut Valenzuela's nose.

Despite the fact that the cut on the bridge of Valenzuela's nose was bleeding heavily, the fight continued. As blood continued to flow from the wound, Zayas continued to land accurate punches, and the referee decided to stop the fight in the fifth round.

In his last fight against Jorge Fortea, Xander Zayas dominated, stopping Fortea when he landed a clean body shot in the fifth round. Now Zayas is close to facing the man who is a former world champion.

In November 2019, in the 32nd fight of his professional boxing career, Brazilian boxer Patrick Teixeira defeated Carlos Adames to win the interim WBO junior middleweight title. After becoming a full champion, Teixeira lost by unanimous decision to Brian Castano.

In his last fight in March 2024, 33-year-old Patrick Teixeira scored a fourth-round TKO victory over Edison Saltarin. Now the former world champion is ready to face the number 7 contender in the WBC rankings. A win over Zayas is exactly what Teixeira needs to get his name back in world title contention.

Xander Zayas and Patrick Teixeira were originally scheduled to face each other on February 16, but an undisclosed injury forced Zayas to pull out of the bout. After a short delay, the two boxers will finally face each other in June as their bout is headlined.

Rising star Xander Zayas (18-0, 12 KOs) is about a month away from fulfilling his dream of headlining Puerto Rican Day weekend. Zayas appreciates this opportunity and is ready to put on a show.

“Representing Puerto Rico on a day that celebrates and honors the Boricua culture represents the sacred commitment I have to my people,” Zayas said. “On June 8, I will fight not only for myself. I will fight for every Puerto Rican who will always persevere when the going gets tough.”

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