Xander Zayas overcomes the first obstacle in his boxing career

Xander Zayas had to withdraw from his boxing match in June due to illness but will be back in the ring against Elias Espadas on August 13th at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Since Xander Zayas signed a professional boxing contract with Top Rank at the age of 16, everything has been going smoothly for the promising young man. In June, Zayas faced his first significant career obstacle.

Zayas (13-0, 9 KOs) was preparing for a June 11 matchup at Madison Square Garden. He traveled to Australia to train with stablemate and former unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr.

It’s been an exciting time for the 19-year-old from Sunrise, FL. It was his first time traveling internationally and he was a part of it boxing Story written between Kambosos and Devin Haney.

“This was my first time in Australia,” Zayas told FanSided. “It was my first time in an international country. I’ve never flown internationally.”

Zayas lived it while working hard for his own scheduled event. Seeing a new, far-off place was exciting and added to the mystique of his preparation for battle.

“It was incredible,” said Zayas. “I mean, overall I love the country. The people there were amazing. The training camp was great. I looked really good. I looked hot.”

Zayas was three days away from flying to New York for his fight, but that’s when his illness began. He thought he had allergies, so he took it easy with training.

When Zayas woke up later that day after a nap, he knew something was wrong.

“I have arrived at the hotel. I went to sleep,” Zayas said. “And when I woke up that same day, I just couldn’t move. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t do anything.”

Zayas called his father in the States for advice. His symptoms worsened and there was only one decision to make: call off the fight.

Watch Xander Zayas vs. Elias Espada on Saturday, August 13 on ESPN at 10:00 p.m. ET

“I couldn’t speak,” Zayas said. “I couldn’t swallow. I couldn’t do anything. So it was hard to breathe. So you know, my father and my team made the decision. They say hey we don’t fight We will stop the fight.”

It was a crushing disappointment for Zayas. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zayas had hopes demonstrate their talents in front of his Puerto Rican fanbase in New York during the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

“I was angry because I wanted to fight,” Zayas said. “I’m a fighter. You know, I spent eight weeks out in another country, away from my family, not to fight. I didn’t want that.”

It was a huge blow to Zayas but his thoughts are with his family and fans. He didn’t want to let them down and tell them why he couldn’t physically fight.

He published a video statement via Top Rank’s social media accounts to get the message across.

“I wanted my fans to understand what I’m going through,” Zayas explained. ” That I didn’t want to fight. You know I didn’t want to let her down.”

Zayas tried his best not to get emotional during the video, but his emotions were strong and rising to the surface. He shed agonized tears as he addressed his fans.

“And it was funny because in the video they asked me if you want to do the video? And I think let’s do it,” Zayas said. “And I didn’t cry. I do not cry. Then as I said the first word, the first tear came and I was like, hey, they’re already here. The count is already running. Let’s just get it over with.”

Watching Zayas’ raw emotions helped the public empathize with the young fighter. His sadness was clear and moving.

Zayas showed his humanity and passion for the sport. Today, Zayas says he’s in phenomenal form and fights Elias Espadas in undercard Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa at Resorts World Las Vegas on Saturday, August 13th.

“We bet [in] eight weeks of training camp,” said Zayas. “The coaches, my dad, my family and my team like what they see in sparring.”

Zayas has overcome the first obstacle in his career and is ready to pick up where he left off.

“We’re fighting a veteran who has never been stopped,” Zayas said. “I just want to go out and put on a show. Show the world that I’m on a whole different level and that I come for everyone in my department.”

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John Verrall

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