Xander Zayas stays undefeated with decision victory over Quincy LaVallais
Xander Zayas improved to 13-0 after outclassing the overmatched Quincy LaVallais.
It was a long night for Quincy LaVallais, as he had no answers for the speed and combinations of Xander Zayas at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
Zayas (13-0, 9KO’s) came out aggressive and pressed forward from the opening bell, while LaVallais (12-3-1, 7KO’s) utilized the ring and fought on the defensive for most of the night.
A solid right hand from Zayas sent LaVallais against the ropes and into survival mode in the second round. Chants of “Boricua! Boricua!” began to ensue from the pro heavy Puerto Rican crowd, with the 19-year-old sensation unleashing a barrage of punches.
“Man it was an amazing experience,” said Zayas, of the crowd for his second fight at MSG in New York City. “I had fun, I enjoyed it. And I can’t wait to do it again.”
All the 28-year-old LaVallais could do is use head movement as Zayas tagged him with right hands upstairs, followed by left hooks to the body. Fighting off the ropes for nearly one minute, a left uppercut sent the Louisiana native back into trouble.
Referee Eric Dali shouted at LaVallais to show him something, with another onslaught of right hands and left hooks incoming. Although the Puerto Rican prospect had his opponent in danger several times in the fight, he picked his punches carefully.
Ringside Physicians took a look at the battered up underdog prior to round seven after he absorbed more punishment the previous round.
Following eight one-sided rounds, two of the judges scored the fight 80-72, while another had it at 80-71; all in favor of Zayas for the unanimous decision victory. By CompuBox stats, Zayas connected 262 out of 573 total punches (46%) compared to LaVallais’ 66 out of 398 (17%).
“Trying to make everything count, and I think I did that today,” said Zayas. “It was a tough guy, he (LaVallais) took it. He went to the hospital. I already spoke to his team, everybody’s good. And I’m just glad he’s healthy.”