Patrick Teixeria putting Brazilian boxing on the map
In soccer, MMA and even basketball to some degree, Brazil produces some of the best athletes in sports.
In regards to Boxing however, the country has never really produced a big-time star. Eder Jofre is the most famous Boxer from Brazil, winning the Bantamweight and Featherweight championships in the 60's and 70's. Acelino Freitas was also a pretty good Lightweight in the early 2000's, winning the WBO Lightweight championship.
Freitas fought some big names like Diego Corrales, Joel Casamayor, and Juan Diaz, but he never really became a big star in the sport. It's kind of odd considering not only how many fighters the country has produced, but how many champions in Mixed Martial Arts.
Many of the biggest names in the sport have come from Brazil. Some credit the lack of Boxing gyms in Brazil, as well as the growing phenemenon of MMA as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but still it seems odd that one of the biggest countries in South America, a continent deeply embedded in the roots of boxing has produced so few fighters.
Tonight, Brazilian Middleweight contender John Teixeria is looking to change this outlook as he takes on a very tough Curtis Stevens on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan. Teixeira, 25, signed with Golden Boy Promotions last year, and he is very much regarded as one of the hardest-hitting prospects in Boxing.
If Teixeira can prove himself against a very tough Curtis Stevens, he could vault himself in the Middleweight rankings and start facing some of the elites of the weight class. The UFC has been selling out Soccer stadiums in Brazil, it's a very big market that Boxing could break into.... They just need a star fighter.
Could Teixeira be the guy who opens up the warp-hole?