On a month that featured countless highly touted prospects taking important step-up fights. With a wide array of outcomes and multiple high-level prospects taking the first “L” of the career. On one particularly prospect loaded card, one prospect put forth the most spectacular performance of his young and impressive career. On a Top Rank Card, that featured their entire stable of high-level Puerto Rican Prospects. However, one man stole the show via a first-round knockout, and it wasn’t the one with the incredible 1st round knockout streak, rather, 18-year-old phenome Xander Zayas, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, scored a devastating first-round stoppage of 8-1-1 prospect Demarcus Clayton, a hard-hitting 6’2 welterweight, on the undercard of Navarette- Diaz, running his record to 8-0 (6) and capturing our Prospect of the Month Award for April.
Xander Zayas reminds you such much of Felix Trinidad. both are tall rangy Puerto Ricans with a dynamite right-hand and lethal left hook who stands upright and patiently wait then explodes the moment the opportunity arises. That’s exactly what happened on the 24th at the Silver Spurs Arena, in Florida. That’s exactly what the undefeated phenome did. Just moments into the opening stanza Zayas walked Layton down, backed him into the ropes ducked a shot, and threw a picture-perfect left hook that caught Layton’s attention the Puerto Rican then unleashed another left hook that rocked his opponent, seizing the moment Zayas unleashed a barrage of power shots and a ferocious left-hook landed on the button putting Layton down and out. Giving Xayas the 8th consecutive win of his young and promising career win of Since the departure of Miguel CottoPuerto Rican fights, fans have patiently awaited the arrival of their next megastar. The next Island native that can carry the torch of their impressive legacy. At 18 Zayas appears to be that guy. The next great Puerto Rican star.
The 147-pound division has long been considered the “talent division” many of the sports best fighters and pound-for-pound elites have spent years campaigning in the division. With young upstarts, like Vergil Ortiz, Jarron “Boots” Ennis, Connor Benn, Jesus Ramos, and now Zayas the division appears to be in great hands for the future. At just 18 the Puerto Rican could be the most skilled of the bunch of young 147-pounders and has the potential to grow into a massive box office draw and multi-weight division belt holder. Despite being just 18 he appears to be ready for the step-up in completion and fights with the likes of rugged veterans such as Brad Solomon, Julius Indongo, Kendo Castenada or Jovanie Santiago are all possible opponents, having Top Rank connections and are winnable fights that would make sense for Zayas. Wins against this caliber of opponent would help propel him into contender status in 2022, fast-tracking the teenager to a world title shot.