Zayas dominates Teixeira

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Photo: Emily Harney

WBO #5, WBC #7 super welterweight Xander Zayas (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Patrick Teixeira (34-5, 25 KOs) on Saturday night inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. Zayas was busier than Teixeira the whole fight and upped the pressure late. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

WBO #4, WBC #7 featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (12-0, 8 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over late sub Brayan De Gracia (29-4-1, 25 KOs). Carrington dropped De Gracia in rounds five and seven before getting a referee’s stoppage in round eight. P4P great Naoya Inoue was in attendance.

Undefeated junior welterweight and U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (13-0, 6 KOs) outworked Tarik Zaina (13-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 77-75 for Johnson.

Local flyweight Andy Dominguez (10-1, 6 KOs) took an eight round majority decision over Cristopher Rios (10-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 76-76 and 88-74, 77-75 for Dominguez.

Middleweight Jahi Tucker (11-1-1, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Quincy LaVallais (17-5-1, 12 KOs). Scores were 80-72 3x.

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  • A nice workout for Carrington.

    Carrington has rhythm, hand speed, defense and some pop. I am looking forward to a future Ramirez/Carrington scrap or a Warrington/Carrington scrap. No need to mention Inoue’s name (for now).

    Carrington clearly has talent, but he requires more seasoning before chasing those bigger sharks at 126. A very nice start for Carrington…stay patient and continue obtaining good seasoning for the boxing world.

  • Wish I could say Zayas looked good – he looked how he always does – but he had absolutely nothing in front of him. Teixeira didn’t do anything in that fight. I think he’s currently involved in that Overtime tournament, but Brandon Adams would make for a nice next opponent for Zayas imo.

    • Yes, Lucie he dominated, but something was missing. They said it was his first lefty, but I just didn’t think he (tex) presented much opposition to zayas. Still a good win and a notch in his belt, but again he is young, has time, and most importantly he still didn’t look bad.

      • Yeah, I agree: “Something was missing”. He definitely didn’t look bad and he’s 21 so you can’t be too hard on him but it was just a…. ‘standard’ performance from Zayas.

        I did just hear Zayas say that Teixeira’s mom passed a couple of weeks ago. Be that the case, full credit to Tex for even getting into the ring. He didn’t look like his mind was on fighting tonight and it shouldn’t have been.

        • Man, that’s a lot heart then. Maybe what was “missing” is a high expectation of him putting on a show stopping performance.

  • To build more experience, it was nice to see an opponent hit Zayas but nooo waaay Zayas will earn a belt at 154.

    Zayas’ hopes and dreams will eventually reach an end, so his camp should not rush this young boxer. Unfortunately, they will end up rushing Zayas to a title, anyhow.

    Fans will cheer for Zayas in a rushed title fight, but the fans are unable to help him in the ring against real deal, experienced fighters at 154; those real deal fighters WILL skillfully return fire on Zayas…is he ready for it??

    I believe Zayas should fight Mielnicki, Jr., Kelly or Lubin because the waters at 154 can get very dangerous without enough experience.

    • You’re right about Zayas. He’ll probably see a title fight, but won’t walk away with a belt.

  • I wasnt to high on Zayas before this fight, but after seeing this fight and considering how young this guy is, I was really impressed. He looked fluid and has alot more potential than the hype pushed on him. I’ll be watching from here on out. I think he has a good future. Good step up fight, but I wouldn’t rush him, but not baby him like they did with Mungia. Good prospect who needs two or three four fights like this

  • – Had a blast in NYC and at the MSG fights.
    – Ate like a pig and drank like a fish.
    – MSG was packed as there was a Billy Joel concert going on at the same time as the fights.
    – Sat in the area with the families of the undercard fighters.
    – Most of the bouts included fighters from NY, of PR decent, or both.
    – Crowd was energized but surprisingly well-behaved.
    – Met Edgar Berlanga (quiet and subdued) and Nisa Rodriguez (a full-time NYPD officer) who was on the first undercard bout.
    – Enjoyed watching Bruce Carrington, as he comes to break his opponent down then knock him out.
    – Saw an up-and-coming heavyweight in Ali Felix that looked hopeful.
    – Not much to say about Zayas; he did what he was supposed to do.
    – On the 1:30am (last) train and home by 4am.
    – Will watch the taped ESPN fights to see what I missed live…………..

    • Gary, I am shocked to see you on here. How do you see Zayas vs Berlanga turning out, if that fight is signed? Berlanga is now with Matchroom, so it is not as easy to sign as it was when Berlanga was fighting for Top Rank. I think it would be easy work for Zayas, as Berlanga is not that great of a boxer. Let me put it another. Berlanga’s boxing skills are horrible. In fact, I think Jaime Munguía is better than he is, and Munguia’s defense is atrocious.

      • “Gary, I am shocked to see you on here.”
        – I am in some kind of witness protection program???

    • That’s a great Saturday Gary. I’m glad you were able to go. I miss fights at the Garden. Whenever I travel back for business or pleasure, I always look at the schedule to see if there’s a fight. I don’t care who’s on, I’m going.

      • Peter:
        – I have been to MSG 3 times so far for live fights.
        – The place and the events are first class.
        – I am with you regarding “I don’t care who’s fighting, I’m going”.
        – Plus, I am getting tickets for less than $70, so it is also a very reasonable price.
        – Take care.
        – Gary G.

  • Good win for Xander he did what he was suppose to do, no way he was losing this fight with the type of showing Patrick put up.
    Patrick did not do ANYTHING he seemed to just show up to give Xander some rounds and activity, in other words sparring session

  • agreed just a sparring session for xander young prospect needs fights against top 10 fighters

  • I was hoping for a KO performance from Xander!! I feel the same as everyone on this message board! I don’t believe he will become champ @54 or any other weight in the future. I just think that at this level the competition is better than him. In my mind he loses to all of the top guys!! I think a good test would be against Jose Benavidez jr!

  • I would like to see Ray Ford fight Shu Shu. I think that is a very simple match to make. This is a pick-em fight.

  • Zayas dominated a slow left handed ex world champion…..I have no idea how texeira became world champion!!!!!! Anyways, I guess that it was a good sparring experience for the boricua to impress on boricua weekend! Still needs a couple of more years of exposure before any kind of championship fight unless, he fights a texeira-like quality world champion!

  • I don’t know why Brayan accepted this fight with 10 days notice, he couldn’t win , impacted whatever little stocks he had, and I don’t think he was handsomely paid

    • Probably wasn’t paid too well, but I think sometimes these guys hope they can put on a decent effort against a prospect or a fringe contender to keep earning a paycheck. I think brayan had a few moments, but was outclassed by Shu.

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