Redemption for Alexis ”Beaver” Santiago
This Thursday night at the El Zaribah Shriners Auditorium in Phoenix, Beaver Santiago (10-2-1) will look to redeem himself coming off of a loss to veteran fighter, Evaristo Primero which happened here at home a little under 2 months ago. His fight against Primero also happened to be his first fight fighting under famed trainer, Roger Mayweather. And just like that, Santiago turns right around to make things right and will be facing Luis Angel Paneto this Thursday night on ”Thursday Throwdown” on a fight card brought to you by Alma Canez in association with Estrella Promotions. With the weigh-in coming up less than two days from now, and the fight taking place 3 days from today, I reached out to Beaver earlier today to chop it up and get a few words from Beaver before fight night.
Alright Beaver, how would you compare this camp to your previous camp, did you focus more on anything in particular this time around?
Beaver- This camp was more relaxed, I didn’t have to worry about anything other than the actual fight this time around, and getting ready for the fight. Everything that we have been doing up to now is the same hard training we did the last time. The difference this time is that now I am taking my time more and not rushing anything, basically going back to my boxing.
In your last fight here, you lost the fight on the cards. Many fans however felt that it could have gone either way. The fight was back and forth. A fighter always knows when he won and when he lost. How did you feel exactly after the bell rang to end the final round?
Beaver- My last fight was a good close fight against a veteran fighter. When the last bell rang, I really thought that I had done enough to take the fight. My corner team, they told me that I won. But as you can see, it didn’t go that way, I learned a lot from that fight, and I want to fight him again to show and prove that I won that fight.
I noticed during your last fight that early on in the fight, your opponent clipped you and I could see that you were visibly hurt to me. But you masked it very well and kept on fighting, that was very impressive. Where does that fighting heart of yours come from? Do you have any relatives that boxed? When did you realize that you were a fighter?
Beaver- Like I said, that fighter was a veteran, and I feel that he knew that going low was something that he wanted to do to try and slow me down. During the whole fight I felt at least 6 low punches, yeah a couple of them did hurt me, especially the first one. But I did not want to show it at all that I was hurt. Ever since I was small I have always been a fighter. I never gave up even if I was hurt, always kept moving forward. I am the only boxer in my family past or present.
You mentioned your corner, so let me ask you this, in your eyes, what makes Roger Mayweather a great trainer?
Beaver- Roger is really smart with his boxing, Roger knows how to send the message to his fighters on exactly how you can break down your opponent. And training wise, Roger is great.
Tell me about your opponent, Luis Angel Paneto, have you seen any tape on him yet?
Beaver- I honestly haven’t seen anything on my opponent, I remember him fighting out here in AZ once against Rafael Valenzuela. But I wasn’t able to watch the fight because I was in the dressing room getting ready for my fight which happened to be my pro debut.
Floyd Mayweather is someone that you have seen while in camp, I’m sure that you have been taking some notes as you observe him. What would you say is the best thing that you have taken away from being able to watch Floyd do his thing in camp?
Beaver- Watching Floyd get ready for Cotto has been amazing. Being there as he prepares himself for the fight is something else. Floyd is so smart. I have learned a lot in just watching Floyd.
Out here in AZ, the boxing talent pool is starting to really pull forward, especially in or around your fighting weight class. There are too many to really name, but next week on an Iron Boy Promotions card at the Celebrity Theatre, two fighters that you are familiar with will lock horns. Emilio ”Milo Time” Garcia against Jesse Ruiz. I’m hearing that both fighters are looking very good in camp, Since you are very familiar with both fighters, who do you got winning that fight? After all, who knows, one day you may end up facing the winner later on down the road.
Beaver- I have Emilio winning that fight easy, especially because Jesse isn’t a 122 pounder. If I’m correct, Jesse has never fought over 115 pounds. Not to take anything away from Jesse, I mean Jesse is a good fighter but not at that weight. As far as me facing the winner, I am ready to face them anytime. I already fought Emilio twice in the amateurs, so I’m not worried about anything, Emilio is a good little fighter.
Ok B, thanks for your time and before I let you go, tell everyone out there why they should all come out this Thursday night to come see your fight, oh and also, tell Floyd I got him stopping Cotto in 9 rounds.
Beaver- Thank you Albert, and everyone please come out and support all AZ fighters. It’s going to be an all around great show. You all know that I always show up to give you guys a great fight. I am so pumped up for this, and also since my opponent Paneto is Puerto Rican, it will be Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, so you already know that in our tradition we can not lose to a Puerto Rican fighter. And also, come out and check out my boy Lanell Bellows, he is also on the card, Lanell is from Vegas.
The weigh-in will take place at Los Armandos Mexican Seafood, 5820 W. Mcdowell rd. at 5 pm on Wednesday April 11th.