Let the Puerto Rican parade begin! Xander Zayas dominates Patrick Teixeira by unanimous decision in New York

Let the Puerto Rican parade begin!  Xander Zayas dominates Patrick Teixeira by unanimous decision in New York

Xander Zayas crowned an evening full of Puerto Ricanism inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden by dismantling Brazilian Patrick Teixeira on Saturday for 10 rounds to score a victory by unanimous decision by scores 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.

In this way, Zayas retained the NABO belts of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and, in turn, of the NABF, both at 154 pounds. Zayas also received the Miguel Cotto Award, which is awarded to a figure who appears in the historic venue.

Hollywood stars such as Rosie Perez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Liev Scheiber and Heather Locklear, among others, as well as the legendary Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran and multiple world champion Naoya Inoue attended to watch the Puerto Rican boxer continue his rise within the division. middle junior.

For Zayas, it was his first test headlining a boxing card on the eve of the traditional Puerto Rican Parade through the main avenues of the Big Apple. and judging by the judges’ scores, the 21-year-old passed with solid grades.

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