Unbeaten prospect Xander Zayas will celebrate Christmas surrounded by his family after a busy 2021.
It will be the first time in two years that the young boxer will taste typical Puerto Rican dishes during a Christmas Eve dinner prepared by his parents Yaitza Castro and Orlando García.
“It was a year (2021) where I was quite busy with boxing. Now I have time to be with the family especially in such important weeks celebrating Christmas and the farewell to the year," shared Zayas to Carlos Gonzalez.
“We have always had a Christmas with Puerto Rican food. It is a tradition. This time I can have it and I am willing to eat to gain a little weight and then suffer."
2021 was productive for Zayas in the paid ranks of boxing. He won six bouts to improve to 12-0 with nine knockouts. In addition, he fought at 154 pounds and is under consideration for the "Prospect of the Year" award from various boxing publications.
“If I start to give thanks, I won't finish. I am grateful to my team, my family for keeping me focused to achieve everything I set out to do, ESPN and Top Rank. At 19 I had my first fight at Madison Square Garden (New York). I am grateful above all because my family is healthy and is seeing that I am fulfilling my dream," Zayas said.
At the moment, Zayas does not have a solidified plan for next year, although he announced that one of his main objectives is to fight for at least one regional belt.
“I have not sat down to discuss what the goals will be in the new year. I want a regional title. If it happens, it would be good for my career," Zayas said.