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Patrick Teixeira vs Brian Castano purse bid ordered by WBO for Jan. 29

The sanctioning body ordered the two to fight after elevating Teixeira from interim to regular champion

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Nearly two months after first ordering the two to go at it, the WBO has scheduled a January 29th purse bid for super welterweight champion Patrick Teixeira’s inaugural title defense against mandatory challenger Brian Castano. The minimum bid is $200,000; Teixeira will receive a 75/25 split if it is held in his native Brazil and an 80/20 split if not.

Teixeira (31-1, 22 KO) went from busted prospect to interim world champion last November when he overpowered favored prospect Carlos Adames in Vegas, riding a seventh-round knockdown to a one-point victory on two scorecards. Around a week later, Jaime Munguia formally vacated his title ahead of his middleweight debut opposite Spike O’Sullivan, Teixeira received full champion status and his first mandatory in Castano (16-0-1, 12 KO).

Teixeira is Brazil’s first world champion since the great “Popo” Freitas lost his lightweight title in 2007.

Castano, a highly decorated amateur, has emerged as Argentina’s strongest pugilistic export since the Maidana-Matthysse-Martinez triumvirate. He defeated Michel Soro and Cedric Vitu in successive WBA title defenses before battling Erislandy Lara to a draw; unfortunately, he ended up vacating his title over a dispute with Soro, whose team had won a purse bid.

He was last seen in November, stopping Wale Omotoso on an injury.

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