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Zayas with convincing victory over former world champion Teixeira

Puerto-Rico’s prodigy Xander Zayas (19-0, 12 KOs) continued the path to a world title fight.

Zayas on Saturday night (June 8) in “Madison Square Garden”, New York, convinced against former world champion, Brazil’s Patrick Teixeira (34-5).

21-year-old dominated throughout the fight and in the end all three judges saw him as clear winner. Two judges scored the fight 100:90 in favor of Zayas, and one 99:91 also in favor of Puerto-Rican.

For Zayas it was the first time that he fought 10 rounds.

“Since I was five years I’ve been dreaming about this, and it is happening,” Zayas said. “(Teixeira) was tough, obviously knowing that he was a veteran, he knew how to survive in there. It was sometimes difficult to find the body, but with the experience, he hid it. I was trying to land the hook, and he was ducking underneath”.

“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.”