Brazil’s Patrick Teixeira (25-0, 21 KOs) makes his LA Fight Club debut tonight in a 10-round main event against Houston’s Don Mouton (13-9-1, 11 KOs).
Teixeira, a Lucas Matthysse training partner, will look to showcase his hard-hitting boxing ability against a middleweight who is no stranger to stiff competition in the division.
His opponent has faced the likes of former titlist Anthony Dirrell and current champion Badou Jack. Tonight, Teixeira will look to add another win to his undefeated record. I caught up with him prior to his bout for a little Q and A.
Round By Round Boxing: So how was camp, Patrick?
Patrick Teixeira: Camp was great. I spent six weeks in Argentina for training and worked out a lot with Lucas Matthysse and that helped out a lot.
RBRBoxing: So you had your opponent switched out on you pretty last minute, does that affect you in any way?
PT: Not at all, I actually trained with a variety of opponents that brought different styles so I’m not worried at all. I trained hard so I’m ready for anything.
RBRBoxing: I know you’re ranked in the top 10 by the IBF and a few other rankings, but your opponent has faced some pretty hard competition including Badou Jack and Anthony Direll. Do you think that the experience he’s had with tough competition is an advantage for him?
PT: That does not faze me actually, I feel like overall I have more experience in the ring. I’ve faced the best possible guys that would get in there with me and I plan on continuing that on Friday.
RBRBoxing: You were given a chance to fight on the Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov undercard and scored an impressive secnd-round KO and now you’re fighting on the LA Fight Club. How does it feel to be so young and to be put on such large platforms?
PT: Well I’m very happy to be fighting at this level and I’m very grateful for all the opportunities that I’ve received. Regardless of the stage all I know is that I’m always looking for the win.
RBRBoxing: You’re one of the better-known fighters right now that hails from Brazil. Is there any added pressure to succeed because of that?
PT: No, not at all. I feel very blessed to represent my country, but I don’t let myself get distracted. Like I said I do my best in every fight and I train very hard to get the win. (Golden Boy Representative yells in the background, “He’s a silent killer!”)
RBRBoxing: What are some of the long-term goals you have for yourself?
PT: Well my goal with Golden Boy is to become world champion. That is my ultimate goal.
RBRBoxing: My final question, what can we expect Friday night?
PT: Well I’m coming in to this fight extremely prepared and I want to show the fans in LA a great show. I want people to see an explosive performance from Patrick Teixeira.
RBRBoxing: Awesome, we look forward to seeing you in action and good luck.
PT: Thank you.
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