Yamaguchi Falcao, Patrick Teixeira win
Brazilian 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and middleweight prospect Yamaguchi Falcao unanimously decisioned Argentina’s Martin Fidel Rios on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, representing a rematch of their controversial no-contest.
Their first fight in January, the professional debut for Falcao (3-0, 1 KO), ended in a double disqualification. Both Rios (13-3-2, 7 KOs) and Falcao were warned for repeated fouls before referee Jose Bezerra disqualified both of them.
Falcao, 26, had previously been in action for a third-round stoppage of Jesus Cruz in July that followed a unanimous decision over Fernando Najera in April.
Rios, 22, had a record of 10-0-2 with five knockouts before fighting Falcao the first time but has since gone 3-2 with three knockout victories. In his previous bout in August, Rios was stopped in the seventh round by Cristian Fabian Rios.
As part of an event matching several Brazilians and Argentines, junior middleweight Patrick Teixeira (24-0, 20 KOs) of Brazil won a clash of southpaws by third-round knockout over Ulises David Lopez (28-5, 16 KOs) in the main event.
Teixeira, 23, was coming off a unanimous decision over Mateo Damian Veron in August and Lopez, 36, had scored a second-round knockout over Osvaldo Leonardo Acuna in September. Lopez is 2-3 in his last five fights.
In a third bout, Brazilian middleweight Carlos Nascimento (10-1, 7 KOs) stopped Alejandro Valori (16-6, 12 KOs) of Argentina in the first round.