Zayas Dominates Cruz; Conceicao vs Polanco Stopped Early

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(L-clockwise) Xander Zayas, Robson Conceicao, Nicholas Polanco, and Omar Rosario on the Taylor vs Lopez undercard
(L-clockwise) Xander Zayas, Robson Conceicao, Nicholas Polanco, Omar Rosario

Zayas Decisions Cruz, Conceicao Fight Halted and Rosario Gets Close Victory

Junior middleweight Xander Zayas (16-0, 10KO) cruised to a victory over Ronald Cruz (18-3-1, 12KO) in dominating fashion.

This fight almost ended early, as Zayas came out firing and dropped Cruz in the first thirty seconds of the fight. The young fighter didn’t get the stoppage, but his power remained a huge factor in the contest.

Zayas hit his opponent with every punch as he was coming forward behind the jab on the front foot. The Puerto Rican never lost momentum and Cruz was in retreat mode the entire fight. The judges’s scorecards of 80-71 in favor of Zayas was a reflection of how one-sided of a fight it was.


Junior lightweight Robson Conceicao’s (17-2, 8KO) fight with Nicholas Polanco (20-4-1, 11KO) ended in a disappointing No-Contest.

The fight started to heat up early as Conceicao was working off the jab and was landing the right hand. Polanco was up for the moment and was coming forward with heavy return-fire.

In the second round, the two fighters collided heads, resulting in Polanco falling to the canvas. Regardless of experiencing dizziness and blurry vision, the Dominican insisted his corner do not stop the fight.

Unfortunately, the ringside doctor and referee overheard Polanco say he was dizzy and decided to put the fighter’s safety first and called a halt to the fight.


Junior welterweight Omar Rosario (11-0, 3KO) remains undefeated after narrowly defeating Jan Carlos Rivera (8-2, 6KO).

It was a good scrap featuring two prospects looking to make a mark in the division. Rosario’s accuracy and boxing ability were on display early in the fight as he used the jab to maintain distance. In addition, he fought well in the pocket by landing sharp counterpunches.

Rivera struggled in the early portion but started to come alive in the second half with body shots and uppercuts. Moreover, he found a home for the straight lefthand as the two began to fight in a phonebooth.

The fight was getting harder and harder to call down the stretch as both guys were landing thudding shots. In the end, the judge’s scorecards of 77-75 were in favor of Omar Rosario. 3Kings Boxing had the fight a draw.

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