Zayas cruises past Teixeira in first ESPN main event

Zayas cruises past Teixeira in first ESPN main event

In his inaugural ESPN main event, 21-year-old rising star Xander Zayas triumphed over former champion Patrick Teixeira in a commanding fashion across 10 rounds.

Zayas (18-0, 12 KO) appeared on track for an early victory, consistently snapping Teixeira’s (34-5, 25 KO) head back with precise shots and following up with powerful body punches. Teixeira, who had not weighed in below the middleweight limit in over three years, seemed awkward and ineffective, landing less than 10% of his power shots in the initial rounds while absorbing most of Zayas’s offense.

Remarkably, Teixeira managed to endure the onslaught. Zayas maintained accuracy, focusing on the body and landing numerous power shots round after round. However, he struggled to put Teixeira away, coming close in the final rounds but never managing to finish him off completely.

Zayas ultimately secured a dominant victory with two shutout scores and a 99-91 on the judges’ cards. While a strong performance on paper, there seemed to be a missing element – a lack of that extra gear, ferocity, or substantial power necessary to shine in a highly competitive division.

Post-fight, Zayas issued challenges to Erickson Lubin, Josh Kelly, and newcomer Vito Mielnicki Jr. However, the likelihood of facing any of them in the near future is uncertain due to potential promoter conflicts and Top Rank’s strategic planning.

In another exciting bout, Top Rank favorite Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington showcased his skills as one of the top featherweight prospects by defeating the resilient Brayan De Gracia.

De Gracia (29-4-1, 25 KO) stepped up on short notice after visa issues sidelined Jose Enrique Vivas, displaying readiness from the outset and impressing with early pressure and solid shots against Carrington (12-0, 8 KO).

Carrington swiftly adapted to De Gracia’s style, utilizing a tight shoulder roll to counter his opponent’s attacks and land heavy blows. Despite De Gracia’s continued aggression, Carrington gained momentum and ultimately secured a decisive victory with a fifth-round knockdown.

Throughout the fight, Carrington maintained control, delivering punishing punches and showcasing his accuracy and killer instinct. While his callout of Naoya Inoue may have been premature, Carrington’s performance underscored his potential as a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division.

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