Xander Zayas benefitting from world class training

LAS VEGAS — When Xander Zayas turned expert in 2019, he dealt with the very same problems that every other fighter deals with. Boxing is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sport, and he required to show himself over and over.

He needed to discover methods to enhance while managing the myriad out-of-the-ring needs positioned upon him, such as making weight and dealing with the media.

Zayas, however, had one issue to compete with that the majority of his peers did not:


Zayas was just 16 when he turned professional and was still in high school. Therefore while a number of his peers at Plantation High School were delighted about homecoming and the senior prom, Zayas needed to complete his research and get his work in.

He finished in 2015 and is now prepared to kick into Stage 2 of his profession. A welterweight, Zayas has actually been sparring with present and previous world champs and is making a collective effort to step up in competitors.

He is 6-0 with 5 knockouts and is considered among boxing’s brightest potential customers. On Saturday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN) at the MGM Grand Conference Center, he’ll face his hardest difficulty as a professional when he satisfies 6-1 James Martin.

Zayas still has lots of advancement ahead of him, however he’s taken advantage of sparring with world champ Gervonta Davis and previous world champs Daniel Jacobs, Adrien Broner and Robert Easter.

“He’s very good fundamentally and he has all the basics,” Leading Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman stated of Zayas. “He’s still very young, but he’s well-schooled and has a good teacher. He’s sparred top-notch guys and I think that will help him a ton. Once he gets older and develops his man-strength, that experience will be even more valuable to him.”

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 11: Referee Sparkle Lee (r) raises the hand of Xander Zayas after winning a unanimous decision against Corey Champion on January 11, 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JANUARY 11: Referee Shimmer Lee (r) raises the hand of Xander Zayas after winning a unanimous choice versus Corey Champ on January 11, 2020 at the Acid Rock Hotel & Gambling Establishment in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Picture by Edward Diller/Getty Images)

Zayas is a personalized and charming boy who loses his smile just when the bell rings and he’s in the ring with gloves on his hands. He plainly enjoys what he does and has that type of raw appeal which will bring in fans to him.

Zayas stated running out high school has actually made a considerable distinction in him as a fighter.

“I see things from a different perspective now,” Zayas informed Yahoo Sports. “I have a profession now and I’m doing what I love and I’m focusing everything on that. It’s easy doing what I love and now, I don’t have to worry about school and on dividing my focus. Now, it’s boxing, boxing, boxing.

“I can wake up in the morning and go to the gym and train and try to get better. I’ve gotten better already in so many ways since I have done this [full-time]. I have better footwork, better combinations, I’ve added more power to my shots, I’ve increased my speed and improved my defense. Honestly, I think everything has gotten better since I can concentrate on it totally. I study the game every day because I love to learn and I want to be the best I can be.”

When merged light-weight champ Teofimo Lopez was 6-0, he was a couple of months far from being called Yahoo Sports Possibility of the Year after contending in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Zayas is not rather as advanced as Lopez was at that point, however he’s actually recently kicking things off.

Goodman aspires to evaluate Zayas’ development. Lopez was older when they had the very same variety of battles and more physically fully grown.

If Zayas establishes that method, Leading Rank will have something unique.

“With all of these young guys, you have a tough time judging them until they’re facing the better competition,” Goodman stated. “However having the principles and the methods down at an early age is a good idea. When he grows, we’ll have a much better concept of what he is going to end up being.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.