Tuesday, May 21st 2024

Junior Middleweight Contender Xander Zayas to Receive Sports Star Honor at 2024 Puerto Rican Day Parade

Zayas to kick off parade weekend against Patrick Teixeira on Saturday, June 8, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden LIVE on ESPN

NEW YORK (May 21, 2024) – The Puerto Rican Day Parade Committee has selected junior middleweight contender Xander Zayas as the recipient of the prestigious “Sports Star” honor for the 2024 Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.

One of boxing’s fastest-rising stars, the 21-year-old Zayas has captivated audiences with his exceptional talent, dedication, and unwavering commitment to representing Puerto Rico. Born and raised in San Juan, he has already become a beacon of inspiration for countless youth at home and across the globe. Zayas (18-0, 12 KOs) hopes to follow in the footsteps of Puerto Rican legends such as Wilfredo Gomez, Felix Trinidad, and Miguel Cotto.

He will face his toughest challenge to date on Saturday, June 8, on the eve of The Parade, in an ESPN-televised main event against former world champion Patrick Teixeira at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

“Being named the ‘Sports Star’ of the 2024 Puerto Rican Parade in New York City is an incredible honor that will drive me to work even harder for my dreams and continue raising our flag and making it shine in and out of the ring. That is my sacred commitment to my people,” Zayas said. “Representing Puerto Rico on such a grand stage fills me with pride and gratitude.”

“We are thrilled that Xander Zayas is being honored as this year’s ‘Sports Star’ of the Puerto Rican Day Parade,” said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum, Xander’s promoter. “His extraordinary talent, determination, and pride in his Puerto Rican heritage make him a shining example for all aspiring athletes. We proudly celebrate his achievements and look forward to watching him soar to even greater heights.”

For more information about the parade and its honorees, please visit www.nprdpinc.org.