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24-year-old southpaw Patrick Teixeira is considered to be Brazil’s top candidate for world title honors in the coming years, and he hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of great Brazilian champions
24-year-old southpaw Patrick Teixeira is considered to be Brazil’s top candidate for world title honors in the coming years, and he hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of great Brazilian champions of the past like Eder Jofre and Acelino Freitas, something his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, firmly believes in. “American fans unfamiliar with the hard-hitting power and one-punch knockout potential of Patrick Texiera will soon know his name - and so will his opponents in the super welterweight division," said De La Hoya. "We look forward to a long relationship with Patrick that ends with him reaching his full potential of winning a world championship belt." A ferocious puncher with 13 wins in two rounds or less, Santa Catarina native Teixeira turned professional in his adopted hometown of Sao Paulo on August 11, 2009, knocking out Fabio Pardinho in two rounds. From there, it was primarily knockout after knockout for Teixeira, who tore up the Brazilian scene and even made visits to Florida and California to show off his skills on United States soil. On March 6, 2012, Teixeira won his first professional title, stopping Samir Santos Barboza in the first round to take the WBA Fedecentro middleweight belt. Next up were four fights and four wins in Mexico highlighted by an eighth-round technical knockout of Omar Vasquez that earned him the WBC Youth Intercontinental super welterweight crown. Teixeira has gone on to win five more bouts, earning the interim WBO Latino title and knocking out seasoned 28-4 veteran Ulises David Lopez along the way. In 2015, Teixeira tacked on two more knockouts to his tally, defeating Patrick Allotey via second round knockout on April 18 and Don Mouton via seventh round technical knockout in October. Opening the HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast of Canelo vs. Khan on May 7, 2016 Teixeira his first career loss from tough Brooklyn bomber Curtis "Cerebral Assassin" Stevens. Both fighters began the fight with high intensity, exchanging blows during the first round. At the beginning of the second round, Stevens landed shocking hits to Teixeira, knocking the wind out of him and earning a victory via knockout.