Xander Zayas came out aggressively and ended Demarcus Layton’s night in round 1 via TKO. It only took Zayas 56 seconds to earn his eighth victory.
Young boxing welterweight Xander Zayas took a step up in competition on Saturday, April 24, against Demarcus Layton. He also showed increased punching power as he stopped Layton by TKO in round 1.
Zayas (8-0, 6 KOs) captured his eighth victory in magnificent fashion. The 18-year-old Zayas seemed pumped up from the opening bell. Originally from Puerto Rico, Zayas moved to Florida when he was eleven. He fought Layton at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida, which has a large Puerto Rican population. Zayas had the crowd in his corner, and they loved his performance.
Fans let out a great cheer as Zayas and Layton traded punches early. Zayas got clipped a few times but got the better of the action. He caught Layton with a left hook to the head that hurt the 6-foot-2 welterweight.
Xander Zayas mauled Demarcus Layton to score a round 1 TKO finish
With Layton along the ropes, Zayas continued to work and caught Layton with another left hook that sent him down to the canvas. Layton made it back to his feet, but the referee waved off the fight awarding Zayas the TKO win in 56 seconds of the first round.
Layton (8-2-1, 5 KOs) received his second loss. He had one previous TKO loss on his record coming into his contest with Zayas.
Zayas signed with Top Rank when he was just 16 years old. He fought for the first time at 17 in 2019 when he knocked out Genesis Wynn in round 1. Zayas now has a 75 percent KO rating as he continues to win fights.
Zayas talked to FanSided before his bout with Layton and discussed his experiences sparring former world champions Daniel Jacobs, Robert Easter Jr., and Adrien Broner. It looks like all that work at the Sweatbox Boxing Gym is paying off as Zayas polished off Layton in a flash.