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Xander Zayas Stops Orlando Salgado In 1st Round On Eve Of 18th Birthday

Xander Zayas spent his final moments as a 17-year old in style.

The highly-touted welterweight prospect made quick work of Orlando Salgado, scoring a 1st round knockout in their Telemundo-televised clash Friday evening at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Zayas scored the bout’s lone knockdown, a laser-like left hand at the tail end of a flurry of unanswered blows which floored Salgado and prompted an immediate stoppage.

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The night marked the first ring appearance for Zayas since this past February, having managed four bouts in as many months to start his pro career before the ongoing coronavirus brought the sport to a grinding halt. With it came a gap of more than six months between fights for the recent high school graduate, with Friday’s affair coming on the eve of his 18th birthday.

Zayas was never a risk to squeeze in one last victory prior to that milestone in his young life. Salgado—whose lone career fight prior to Friday was a first-round knockout win—saw fit to take the fight directly to the blue-chip talent. Zayas obliged, remaining patient and pumping a purposeful jab in the grill of his foe.

The bout only grew even more lopsided. A left uppercut by Zayas had Salgado in bad shape, remaining poised in picking apart the Colorado-based welterweight. A series of jabs and right hands had Salgado (1-1, 1KO) in trouble, with a final straight right against the ropes forcing him to collapse to the canvas.

No count was necessary with the fight waved off immediately upon impact.

Zayas cruises to 5-0 (4KOs) with the win, the first in his home state of Florida where he relocated at age 11 from San Juan, Puerto Rico. It comes barely an hour prior to the 18th birthday for the South Florida-based Boricua, who is promoted by Top Rank and managed by Peter Kahn. His placement on the card came with special permission from the Florida State Boxing Commission, waiving its age restriction given the few hours difference along with the show serving as the summer season finale of Boxeo Telemundo.

The bout served as the chief support to a regional welterweight title fight between Antonio ‘Tono’ Moran (24-4-1, 17KOs) and Luis ‘Muecas’ Solis (25-10-4, 21KOs).

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Boricua181 on 09-06-2020

You're right Ricardi, I did get carried away, but I saw some really good moves, and power in his 5th fight. I do want to see him fight more seasoned fighters going forward. No more opponents under 10 pro fights,…

Comment by Ricardi on 09-05-2020

[QUOTE=Boricua181;20745043]Xander Zayas looked sensational for a fighter in his 5th pro bout. His opponent didn't fight as bad as I thought he would, he actually looked strong, was sturdy, and did try to win. readers of his thread will say…

Comment by Boricua181 on 09-05-2020

Xander Zayas looked sensational for a fighter in his 5th pro bout. His opponent didn't fight as bad as I thought he would, he actually looked strong, was sturdy, and did try to win. readers of his thread will say…

Comment by Bronx23 on 09-05-2020

Pretty talented and polished for a 17 year old. He probably won’t be at 147 long he’s probably not done growing. In about two years people on this thread we be crying that this kid needs to “step up &…

Comment by YNG on 09-05-2020

He's really good for a 17 year old. Accurate, good speed, good technique and he seems to pack a punch.

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