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Top Rank’s Puerto Rican Day: 2 Parlay Picks You Can’t Miss!

Top Rank’s annual celebrations of the Puerto Rican Day parade is a tradition that will reach its 19th anniversary this weekend, and they’ve positioned a prosperous boxer from the Island of Enchantment at the top of their card as the undefeated Xander Zayas will look to climb the junior middleweight rankings further when he clashes with a Brazilian veteran in Patrick Teixeira.

Elsewhere on the card, a co-main event banger will highlight another unbeaten prospect, Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington, a former United States Olympic Trials champion who’s set to face a short-notice replacement fighter, Brayan De Gracia, in a featherweight bout.

Top Rank’s Puerto Rican Day: 2 Parlay Picks You Can't Miss!
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As preparations to celebrate the sweet science during the Puerto Rican Day parade are underway, we’ve evaluated the boxing odds and formulated our best parlay picks for Saturday’s showcase Top Rank event.

 

Zayas vs. Teixeira Event Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, June. 8, 2024 – 07:30 p.m. ET  
  • Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • Promotion: Top Rank
  • Scheduled Bouts: 9
  • How to Watch: Box Live and ESPN+
  • Main Event Bout: Xander Zayas vs. Patrick Teixeira
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Bruce Carrington vs. Brayan De Gracia

 

Zayas vs. Teixeira Betting Odds

 

Durability Reigns Supreme: Bet Over in Zayas vs. Teixeira

Holding an undefeated record with 18 wins and 12 knockouts, Puerto Rico’s Xander Zayas has quickly etched a path to superstardom since signing with Top Rank promotions as a young, 16-year-old teenager. With less than five complete years of professional experience, he’s already collected a regional championship, and as he flies the flag for a nation proud of its boxing heritage, Saturday’s main event on parade day weekend will be his first in the spotlight and an opportunity to mark his position at light middleweight.

Don’t for one second think Patrick Teixeira will be a walk in the park for Top Rank’s rising prospect, though. The Brazilian is a game veteran with 34 wins and 25 knockouts, and the 33-year-old southpaw is a former WBO junior middleweight champion with experience fighting significantly more proven boxers than Zayas.

 

Parlay Pick Leg 1: Over 8 ½ Rounds (-115)

Despite winning the WBO title as a huge underdog, Teixeira couldn’t keep pace with the division’s elite and suffered continuous setbacks. However, with a return to the regional scene, he’s built himself back with three straight knockout wins, and we mustn’t neglect how this impeccably tough southpaw can be a menace in the ring.

Zayas is known for his calm in-ring attitude and style of fighting that sticks to the fundamentals. He won’t be foolish enough to get into a brawl with the Brazilian. Behind a high guard that racks up the points with mixed offenses up top and to the body, he can take advantage of Teixeira’s defensive flaws while avoiding the incoming bombs that would cause him harm.

It’ll be his most challenging fight to date, but it isn’t easy to look beyond Zayas having the cleaner, more proficient work across 10 rounds. That said, as he isn’t known as a power puncher and Texiera owns a granite chin, we shouldn’t expect this fight to end inside the distance, and while blood might be scattered, both men will reach the scorecards in this highly anticipated main event clash.

 

 

  • Zayas has won 50% of his previous six fights by decision.
  • Teixeira has been knocked out in just 1 of his 38 pro bouts.
  • Teixeira has gone the distance in 6 of his previous 8 bouts outside of Brazil.

 

Carrington vs. De Gracia: Short Notice Doesn’t Bode Well for Underdog 

With Enrique Vivas unable to obtain a visa, America’s Bruce Carrington will now face a short-notice opponent in Brayan De Gracia (29-3-1, 25 KOs).

Overall, Top Rank has done a great job bringing De Gracia on short notice. While he isn’t quite the step up in competition as Vivas, he’s a tough S.O.B. who recently went the distance and lost to Edward Vazquez, who was notably an opponent who took Joe Cordina to the judges last year.

The problem for De Gracia is that he’s facing “Shu Shu” with less than a week to prepare. Carrington holds a huge advantage of having a complete camp in preparation for Vivas, and while the opponent has changed, the goal hasn’t, and the readiness remains.

 

Parlay Pick Leg 2: Carrington by KO/TKO (-300) 

Carrington’s goal of reaching a championship level will be perfectly tested this weekend as he faces the diversity of fighting a short-notice challenger, but can he avoid a potential banana skin in this spot?

I believe he can, and the sportsbook odds are clearly in agreement, pricing him at a whooping -2500 moneyline. Interestingly, he’s riding a two-fight win streak by KO/TKO, and all but three of his 11 pro career bouts ended in the same fashion, and it’d be surprising if he couldn’t extend this trend versus the Panamanian.

Do I expect “Shu Shu” to finish the fight inside the first half like he traditionally has? No, the toughness of De Gracia is notable. However, eventually, the man who’s arguably the hottest prospect in the featherweight division will prove how important a full fight camp is, and a swarm of unanswered shots will force the referee to call this fight by KO/TKO.

 

 

  • Carrington has won 8 of his 11 pro boxing bouts via KO/TKO.
  • Carrington has won 4 of his previous five pro bouts via KO/TKO.
  • Eduardo Ramirez stopped De Gracia in Round 9.

Weekend 2-Leg Boxing Parlay (+150)

Parlay Odds: +150

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions Of The Day

What are the odds on Xander Zayas to win this weekend?


The current odds on Xander Zayas to defeat Patrick Teixeira are -1665, but you can also find Zayas to win by decision at +130 or by KO/TKO for -150.

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