Albert Baker
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Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira 26-0 22KO’s improved his stock after notching a seventh round KO victory over journeyman Don Mouton 13-10-1 of Houston Texas.

Teixeira throws a ton of punches and dominated Mouton throughout the fight with a nice jab, straight left hands, and impressive body attack from his southpaw stance. Mouton made it interesting in the sixth round when he rocked Teixeira with a hard right hand that put the Brazilian on spaghetti legs for the second half of the round.

Showing good composure Teixeira came out for the seventh like it never even happened and put Mouton to rest as referee Raul Caiz Jr. jumped in to call a merciful halt to the fight after Mouton stopped returning fire.

Puerto Rican, Brooklyn native Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa 13-0 6KO’s looked impressive stopping perennial gate-keeper Alejandro Rodriguez 24-18-1 14KO’s in the third with a flurry of punches. Rodriguez went down from a nice right hand left hook combination at the end of the second round to signal the beginning of the end.
Ochoa came out for the third with intent to do harm but still fought measured using a well-tuned jab and crisp shots to put Rodriguez down again with a hard right hand. Rodriguez beat the count and referee Zack Young allowed him to continue but Ochoa smelled the blood in the water and went for the kill. A quick flurry of punches from the young New Yorker and Rodriguez was down again prompting referee Young to call a halt to the action.

Ochoa looked good and displayed some sharp skill that promoter GoldenBoy has to be pleased with- an increase in difficulty for Ochoa should be on deck as they look to progress their young future star. After the fight Ochoa said: “I’m really pleased with the victory and my performance, and ability to stay calm and not get too comfortable. A win against a vet like him says a lot about where we are and where I’m headed.”

Coming off of his first loss Antonio Gutierrez 19-1-1 8KO’s took on the other blemish on his record Victor Fonseca 9-6-1 7KO’s in a rematch of their draw in 2012. Winning a unanimous decision on scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice Gutierrez exacted a modicum of revenge but he didn’t look good doing it in a sloppy fight that he should have dominated.
Los Angeles product Francisco Ochoa 3-0 2KO’s picked up an impressive quick knockout victory after he stopped Isaac Avalos 0-1 with a sharp right hand to the body in the first round. Avalos didn’t actually touch the canvas but was hurting badly, referee Zack Young gave a standing eight then promptly called the fight as Avalos looked in no condition to continue.
Pablo “The Shark” Rubio 3-0 2KO’s won a majority decision against tough as nails, prospect truth tester Adrian Rodriguez 1-8-1 on scores of 38-38, 39-37, and 40-36. Despite the woeful record Rodriguez is a tough assignment for any young fighter and he comes to win. During his last appearance on GoldenBoy’s LA Fight Club he gave prospect Rafael Gramajo all he could handle. Rubio stayed composed and boxed better than the tough Mexican to earn the victory.
Joshua Franco 2-0 1KO of San Antonio, Texas stopped a game Saul Hernandez in the third round with a right hand. Hernandez beat the count but referee Raul Caiz Jr. had seen enough and mercifully called a halt to the action.
Abraham Lopez 2-1 1KO of Rowland Heights, California made short work of Andrew Gomez 0-3 out of Mission, Texas- stopping him with a right hook at 28 seconds into the second round.