A step up in category is in keep for Xander Zayas’ 2021 debut.
The rising 18-12 months ancient prospect will subsequent fight Feb. 13 on the undercard of a top Rank Boxing on ESPN telecast, his first combat of the brand new yr. Zayas will face Philadelphia’s James Martin, two sources with talents of the condition have counseled BoxingScene.com.
Zayas (6-0, 5KOs) will return to Nevada for the first time for the reason that enjoying the first two fights of his career in late 2019. Zayas signed with desirable Rank as a 16-year old high college scholar, which restricted the locations the place he could fight as a pro.
the continued coronavirus pandemic threatened to slow down Zayas’ growth, besides the fact that children the teenaged Boricua nevertheless managed to get in 4 fights in 2021. His remaining two fights have come after graduating from Plantation (Florida) excessive faculty ultimate may, having relocated to South Florida from San Juan, Puerto Rico as a baby.
the primary of the two fights came actually hours before Zayas’ 18th birthday last September, scoring a 1st circular knockout of Orlando Salgado as part of a Telemundo telecast from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Zayas returned to the venue six weeks later, desiring simply 0:56 to tear via Anthony Curtiss for his newest win.
A stiffer problem is anticipated versus Martin (6-1, 2KOs), a four-year pro from Philadelphia. The 23-yr historical welterweight has fought completely in his home state of Pennsylvania, the lone loss of his career coming in June 2019, with a 1st round knockdown proving the difference on all three scorecards in a six-circular defeat to Kashon Hutchinson.
Martin will were out of the ring for precisely fifty two weeks with the aid of combat night, having now not fought on account that a six-circular aspects win final February in his Philadelphia native land.
The bout will serve in supporting skill to a up to now announced ESPN card from Las Vegas headlined by way of the vacant gentle heavyweight title fight between former title problem Joe Smith Jr. (26-3, 21KOs) and Russia’s Maksim Vlasov (forty five-3, 26KOs). additionally on the reveal, former light-weight titlist Richard Commey (29-3, 26KOs) will face Dominican Republic’s Jackson Mariñez (19-1, 7KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox