Junior middleweight prospect Xander Zayas will look to become a solid contender in 2023.

During the current year, he raised his record to 15-0 after securing three victories and picked up two regional titles along the way.

Zayas last saw action earlier this month, when he picked up an eight round unanimous decision over Alexis Salazar.

“2022 was a year of a lot of experience. We learned and evolved a lot. We couldn't do one of the four fights we had planned. It was a bit of frustration with me. Then I analyzed and understood that my team made the right decision. I took it as something that was not in my hands and not lose heart for the next. More doors opened. Two regional titles with just 20 years. Already ranked in three world boxing organizations. This 2022, despite the fact that one of those fights was not given to me, we learned a lot and achieved everything we wanted,” Zayas told Jorge Loza.

Right now the junior middleweight division is ruled by Jermell Charlo, who owns the WBO, IBF, WBA, WBC world titles.

Zayas wants to step up his level of competition, with fights against veterans and former champions. He hopes to gain a world title eliminator by the end of the year.

“Many people consider me a prospect and others consider me a world championship contender. I'm going to do my job. 2023 is going to be a great year for me. I want four fights. Hopefully I will be given the opportunity to fight in Puerto Rico. I want to fight former champions, former contenders or world title contenders, and end the year with an eliminator fight to start 2024 on the right foot and knocking on the doors to a world championship,” Zayas said.

“I wouldn't say it's premature (already fighting for a world title) but we still need to keep raising the level of opponents, keep learning and evolving. I know that when I am given the opportunity, because well, with all the organizations there is only one champion in the division (154), many other names fighting for the title, it is a bit difficult for 2023 but I know that in 2024 we will be in the perfect position."