The highly touted Welterweight prospect from San Juan, Puerto Rico, 🇵🇷🇺🇸Xander Zayas (3-0-0, 2KO), made his third professional appearance in the ring Saturday night in a four round bout against 🇺🇸Corey Champion (1-2-0, 1KO) of Charlottesville, Virginia. This fight is kicked off what should be a busy year for the 17 year old, 11 time Puerto Rican and U.S National Champion, who is looking to build off of a year in 2019 where he went 2-0 winning both bouts by first round knockout.
Record: 3-0-0, 2KO
From: San Juan, Puerto Rico
KO rate: 67%
Signed: Top Rank
Debut: October 26, 2019
Years pro: 1
Trainer: Javiel Centeno
1-11-2020: Corey Champion (W, UD 4)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
11-30-2019: Virgel Windfield (W, TKO 1/4)
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
10-26-2019: Genesis Wynn ( W, KO 1)
Reno Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada
Jan 11, 2020 / W UD (40-36, 40-36, 40-35)
Fight Review: Zayas was able to get some rounds in here as Champion took a beating, but was able to hold his ground enough to go all four. The mismatch on paper was just as clear in the ring, but Champions style was awkward enough to give Zayas some solid work, and that’s what it’s all about for the 17 year old at this point. Zayas worked his jab well as he walked Champion down, and continued to find him with clean right hands up top. Zayas delivered strong hooks to the body, and used his 73″ length well, not smothering his shots. Displayed good patience in the ring, didn’t get sloppy trying to throw homerun shots in order to deliver a knockout. Showed his closing abilities in the last 30-45 seconds of the fourth round as he opened up a flurry of power shots that Champion was able to survive. Solid performance overall.
Jan 8, 2020
THE OPPOSITION: Zayas will be taking on 21 year old Corey Champion, who like Zayas, made his professional debut in 2019, winning his debut in July by knockout, and losing his last fight in November by decision. Both contests took place small local shows in his hometown of Virginia. Champion also carries a background in MMA where he went 10-3 as an amateur and is 1-0 as a pro. Champion, who stands 5’6″ will be at a 4 inch disadvantage to the 5’10” Zayas.
Jan 8, 2020
OUTLOOK: This is a fight to keep Zayas busy in the ring, which is what we should expect for quite a while as he continues to build as a pro fighter. Early on he has displayed a calm aggression against opponents he knows he is levels above, stalking while delivering working his way in behind the jab, delivering a sharp right hand and hard left hooks to the body. It’s very likely that this will end in the same fashion as his first two fights, and Champion won’t make it to see the second round.