Xander Zayas Roughs Up And Stops Dan Karpency In Four!

Xander Zayas forces Team Karpency to toss in the white towel!

Xander Zayas flexes at weigh-in for super welterweight fight with Dan Karpency
Xander Zayas | Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Xander Zayas forces Team Karpency to toss in the white towel!

In his most recent in-ring assignment, super welterweight Xander Zayas (11-0, 8 KO’s) picked up his eleventh professional win. He accomplished this by stopping the relatively unknown Dan Karpency (9-4-1, 4 KO’s) in the fourth round of their contest. The outing marked the talented prospect’s fifth prizefight of the year.

From the very announcement of this bout, it was evident that Karpency was in a tough spot. Even worse, he was coming in off a loss to a fellow low-level fighter named Cody Wilson. In fact, the highlight of his career is winning the NABA-USA junior middleweight title against Ohio native Jaime Walker back in 2019.

Zayas has been inked as Top Rank’s future since being signing to the legendary promotional company back in 2019. He has been one of the most active fighters in the stable and continues to give fan-friendly performances. Safe money suggested that in this showcase the Puerto Rican star would end the night early and that turned out to be spot on.


The young Puerto Rican prospect continued to impress throughout the opening period of this contest. Zayas did so by responsibly setting up his shots from behind a very crisp and sharp jab. Along with the jab, Zayas pursued Dan Karpency with a methodical two-fisted attack that targeted the head and body with equal distribution. To his credit, Karpency defended himself enough to let it be known he was not there simply to lie down. The second was nearly identical to the first.

With the coming of the third, Zayas did begin devoting greater attention to the body. For the first thirty or forty seconds, the Puerto Rican star strafed his ribs with a series of piercing hooks and uppercuts. Karpency left zero doubt that he was one tough customer due to the damage he was absorbing but he remained woefully outclassed and outgunned. In the final moments of the round, Karpency demonstrated that he was starting to wilt. During the fourth, Karpency did little outside of move, eat shots and bleed from his nose.

In a sudden change of events, Karpency’s corner halted the match before the fifth round could begin. While very predictable, this was a great showcase win for the developing pugilist who stopped a fighter who had always gone the distance.

By: Bakari Simpson

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