Just 24-years-old with only 12 professional bouts under his belt, Lawrence heavyweight Alexis Santos ranks 45th nationally and 130th in the world.
That all changes Monday night.
“I see Monday night’s fight doing for Alexis what the Marvis Frazier fight did for Mike Tyson,” said Santos’ manager/trainer Sean Farley. “This is his coming-out party before a national television audience on his home turf.”
Santos, now 12-0 with 10 knockouts, will take on Sylvester Barron (8-3, 2 KOs) of Anacortes, Wash., in a six-round bout Monday night on the annual St. Patrick’s Day fight card at the House of Blues in Boston.
The six-rounder, promoted by Oscar Dela Hoya’s Golden Boy Productions, will be televised nationally, beginning at 8:30 on Fox Sports Net 1.
Santos knows little about his opponent, now 39, only that he took his first pro first at age 36.
“That’s not my job. My job is to train as hard as I can and be as ready as I possibly can when I step in that ring, no matter who I’m facing,” said Santos. “I’ve done that, and I am ready.
“This is a nationally televised fight. You never know who is watching. But whoever is going to watch, I’m going to make sure they see me and they pay attention.”
Things have been a bit quiet for Santos, who last fought in November, going six rounds in a unanimous decision over 4-7 Kevin Franklin.
“We took a break for the holidays, but got right back at it, and I feel like I’m in great shape,” said the 218-pound wrecking ball Santos. “This is the fight that every fighter dreams about. It’s opportunity. I get the chance to show the nation who I am. The people in Lawrence and around here know who I am. This is a chance to show the country.”