[Interview by Pattee Mak – February 16, 2013]
On Sunday, February 24, 2013, professional heavyweights Alexis Santos (7-0-0, 6 ko’s) from Lawrence, Massachusetts steps into the ring against Keith Thompson (6-1-0, 4 ko’s) from Mississippi at the Dorchester Armory in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The card is being promoted by Danny Kelly Promotions and will not only have hard hitting professional fights but amateur fights as well. People come out to support your local fighters.
Pattee Mak: Seven fights, seven wins… and six by way of knock out.. congrats. Your fight is coming up very shortly. Just a little under two weeks away. Tell me how’s your training coming along?
Santos: Thank you Pattee for the opportunity and the time you’re putting in to make this interview with me. Training is coming along just great. I’ve been working out mornings, afternoons and late nights just to be as much prepared as possible.
Pattee Mak: You were originally scheduled to fight someone other than Thompson, why the change?
Santos: The change of the opponent to be honest I have little knowledge as to why or what specifically happened but none the less I don’t care I think it was a blessing. I’m currently scheduled to fight a guy 6 and 1. That’s a much better record then the previous opponent. He is willing to travel to my backyard to fight me, it says a lot about this fighter. It shows me that he is not only tough but serious about his career as well, so I’m expecting a good fight. This excites me because I know a good fighter will bring out the best of me.
Pattee Mak: What do you know about Thompson?
Santos: I currently don’t know much about Thompson. I hear he’s a firefighter and is currently 6 and 1 as a pro fighter. I’m sure he’s a great guy but he’s my enemy until I beat him on the 24th, so good civilian, husband or not etc really does not matter to me, I’m in this to win by any means.
Pattee Mak: I agree with you. This isn’t day camp. Get in there and do your thing.
Pattee Mak: What outcome are you looking for with this match up?
Santos: LOL Well obviously a win. I’ll take it however it comes but I sincerely wish it ends up being a great battle. I feel I need a good test to bring out the best of me. I’ve had my last four fights end by KO in the first or second round so a good hard fight that goes the distance will be more beneficial for me to grow as a fighter in the long run.
Pattee Mak: I’m sure all your fans from Massachusetts will be on hand to watch you do what you do. What would you like to say to your fans?
Santos: I feel I’m a product of my environment. I am who I am today because this is what I’ve grown to know and perceive as life, I am a Lawrencian. I was born and raised here so every time I step in the ring whether it’s in my backyard or across the world, I am representing my city. With my people behind me I can achieve greatness, so support me in any way you can because I represent Lawrence as a whole not individually so help me be complete. Fighters fight the fight but family and friends propel us to wanna be great and successful in that ring.
Pattee Mak: Are you selling tickets? And if so where can someone purchase them?
Santos: I am selling tickets. I would love for people to show support and come check out the fight, February 24th at the Dorchester Armory. People can contact me via facebook. Also my manger Jim Jajuga Jr. has tickets. His contact info is on Facebook, as is my trainer and co-manager Sean Farley. $25.00 each and I guarantee it will be well worth it.
Pattee Mak: I was curious about a previous fight that was scheduled back in October at TwinRiver. What happened at the weigh in’s with your scheduled opponent John Harris? I was looking forward to seeing you fight that nite.
Santos: I don’t know what to tell you or anyone else about the TwinRiver’s fight. Josh Harris and I both weighed in and then he decided he didn’t want to fight. That was a first for me. I am a man of my word and if I say I will fight and I sign on the dotted line, you can bet I’ll be in that ring. But I guess Josh doesn’t adhere to such principles.
Pattee Mak: Out of all your seven fights which fight was your toughest?
Santos: Toughest fight was the only fight I’ve had and went to a decision. It was a cruiserweight fight in Atlanta against Clint Hester. He is currently on the Ultimate Fighter reality show for the UFC. Number one choice by team Jon Jones. He was quick and overall a tough opponent. But, truth is I’m a heavyweight and cutting down under 200 lbs just isn’t good for me.
Pattee Mak: What is your amateur record?
Santos: 18 and 2 as an amateur, but my style definitely fits better in the professional format. I have never been knocked out, lost two decisions and DON’T plan on losing at all as a professional.
Pattee Mak: Did you win any amateur titles?
Santos: Yes I won numerous amateur titles, including New England titles etc, but I am now solely focused on progressing as a professional and eventually as Heavyweight Champ!
Pattee Mak: Now after this fight you are scheduled for two more. March 16th at TsongasCenter in Lowell, Massachusetts and April 20th in Derry, New Hampshire. Are these fights under contract or is it still in the talking stages? And can you name any opponents?
Santos: Both fights are tentatively scheduled. No contracts or opponents, but my managers Jim Jajuga Jr. and Sean Farley handle that aspect. I trust their collective judgment and if all goes well, I will be 10 and 0 come May.
Pattee Mak: You are only 23 years old and you are definitely being kept very busy. Where do you see yourself in 2014?
Santos: Where do I see myself in 2014? Rising through the ranks and if I continue to
train hard and win, I will have a new belt to hold up my pants. I could see putting myself in title contention at that point. And whoever holds the title, I’m coming for YOU!
Pattee Mak: Recently I interviewed Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (28-2-1, 21 KOs) about his participation in the Great American Heavyweight Box-Off. What are your thoughts on this event?
Santos: I think any event that raises people awareness toward boxing is a positive. Getting fights and continuing toward a goal is the most important aspect. So the more cards/events, the better.
Pattee Mak: Thank you sooo much for taking the time to chat with me. I wish you the best of luck on your next three fights all scheduled back to back. This is an exciting period in your life and you have a great future ahead of you.
Santos: My pleasure, I am looking forward to continuing my rise. And make sure you come and see two BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS fighters on the 24th. Undefeated fighter and fellow Lawrence native, who is also managed by Jim Jajuga Jr., Augustine Maurus, 4 and 0 and Sean Farley is also fighting. So mark the date in your calendar, get your tickets and enjoy the show. I won’t disappoint! Thank you.
Also fighting that night are pro fighters:
Michael Mclaughlin vs. Jimmy Leblanc – 6 Rounds Welterweights
Agustine Mauras vs. Johnny Frazier – 6 Rounds Lightweights
Greg Vendetti vs. Rafael Justino – 4 Rounds Junior Middleweights
Felix Rodriguez vs. Huston Crayton – 4 Rounds Light Heavyweights
Reynaldo Rodriguez vs. Borngod Washington – 4 Rounds Super Middleweights
All bouts are subject to change.
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