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Teixeira Named WBO 154-Pound Champ After Munguia Vacates

Patrick Teixeira couldn’t have picked a better time to turn in the best performance of his career.

Four days after handing Carlos Adames his first loss and picking up an interim title, the Brazilian junior middleweight was upgraded to “full” champion by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) during the ratings portion of its annual convention Thursday morning Wednesday evening stateside time) in Tokyo, Japan.

The move came after previous claimant, Mexico’s Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27KOs) formally vacated the title as he will now officially campaign in the middleweight division.

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Teixeira (31-1, 22KOs) placed himself in position for an upgrade following a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision win over Dominican Republic’s Adames (18-1, 14KOs) in their ESPN+ streamed bout Nov. 30 from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. A major momentum shift came in round seven, when Teixeira was beginning to fall behind in the fight, only to rally back to rock and drop Adames in the final 30 seconds of what will go down as a Round of the Year candidate. The sequence paved the way for the lean Brazilian boxer to control the tempo down the stretch and emerge victorious, thus extending his current five-fight win streak.

The bout was originally slated as a final eliminator but quickly advanced to an interim title fight once the sanctioning body was notified of Munguia’s tentative plans to abandon the division. That move became official on Thursday, with Munguia set to make his middleweight debut in a non-title bout versus Ireland’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan on Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

As for the near 6’0” Teixeira, he is content with remaining put for the time being.

“We’ll keep at 154,” Teixeira—who turns 30 on Thursday—told “Regarding my next opponent, I don't think about it at the moment. My manager Patrick Nascimento with my promoter Golden Boy will take care of this.”

The WBO actually took care of that, as Argentina’s Brian Castaño (16-0-1, 12KOs) was officially named as his mandatory challenger. The appointment came from a unanimous vote from the WBO committee upon a request from Sean Gibbons, who was on hand to represent Castaño on behalf of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions.

A mandatory title fight will be ordered by the WBO upon conclusion of the annual convention, with Castaño’s team instructed to begin negotiations for a title fight in early 2020. The ruling will be fully honored, with the Argentinean’s team expected to land the bout.

“We have plenty of dates on real TV,” noted Gibbons. “Fox, Showtime, PBC has plenty of dates.”

For now, the plan is to rest and revel in serving as Brazil’s lone-reigning world champion,

“I am very happy to bring a world title back to Brazil,” notes Teixeira. “I want to make boxing bigger in Brazil. Soccer is our biggest sport, and this is a great moment for boxing in my country.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The3 on 12-07-2019

Duh , He won the WBO interim... Interim belt is like if anything happen to the champion you become the champion

Comment by Bob Haymon on 12-07-2019

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;20232220]Yes. I think those were threats to the WBO to get their **** together. Look at all the money Fox is putting into the sport. Do they really want to continue to be beholden to Arum and miss out…

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 12-06-2019

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;20230732]Do you think Al will go for it? I mean if Castano wins a WBO title will PBC start acknowledging the WBO in other contexts?[/QUOTE] Yes. I think those were threats to the WBO to get their **** together. Look…

Comment by bballchump11 on 12-05-2019

I don't recognize the WBO

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-05-2019

Brian Castaño is the mandatory for Teixeira and is with PBC. I thought PBC didn't recognize the WBO, doe?

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