60-SE­COND IN­TER­VIEW

Paul Wheeler talks to one of Brazil’s most suc­cess­ful ac­tive box­ers

Boxing News - - Contents - Pa­trick Teix­eira

‘I USED TO WATCH THE BRUCE LEE MOVIES, WHICH AROUSED MY IN­TER­EST IN FIGHT­ING’

When and why you started boxing:

I got into the sport when I was 13 years old. I started boxing be­cause I used to watch the Bruce Lee movies, which aroused my in­ter­est in fight­ing. I found a boxing gym nearby, and it all started from there.

Favourite all-time fighter:

Evan­der Holy­field. He’s my favourite be­cause he was a very tech­ni­cal fighter.

Best fight you’ve seen:

I saw Lu­cas Matthysse fight Rus­lan Provod­nikov live, as I boxed on the un­der­card against Pa­trick Al­lotey [w ko 2 – April 2015].

Per­sonal ca­reer high­light:

Win­ning three pro­fes­sional ti­tles – WBO Latino, WBC Youth In­ter-con­ti­nen­tal [both su­per­wel­ter­weight] and WBA Fede­cen­tro [mid­dleweight] – and be­ing highly ranked by the WBO.

Tough­est op­po­nent:

Curtis Stevens [l rsf 2 – May 2016]. That was my last fight at mid­dleweight. I feel much more com­fort­able now that I’m fight­ing at my ideal weight of 154lbs.

Best and worst at­tributes as a boxer:

My best at­tributes are my strength and punch-power. Some­times I swap too many shots with my op­po­nents, though!

Train­ing tip:

Mas­ter the fun­da­men­tals, stay fo­cused and re­main ded­i­cated.

Favourite meal/restau­rant:

I like hav­ing pasta at Ital­ian restau­rants. I also en­joy eat­ing Mex­i­can food.

Best friends in boxing:

I have a lot friends in boxing. I couldn’t choose a ‘best’ friend out of all of them!

Age: 27 Twit­ter: @alen­teix­eira Height: 5ft 11½ins Na­tion­al­ity: Brazil­ian From: Sao Paulo Stance: South­paw Record: 28-1 (22) Di­vi­sion: Su­per­wel­ter­weight Ti­tles: WBO Latino & WBC Youth In­ter-con­ti­nen­tal su­per­wel­ter­weight / WBA Fede­cen­tro mid­dleweight Next fight: Teix­eira is aim­ing to con­tinue his rise up the WBO rank­ings.

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