Alexis Santiago's nickname came from a childhood joke. On Tuesday night, his fists continued to silence any laughs.
Alexis Santiago is now more than six years into a professional career that, save for one brief lull, has continued on a steady ascent. Yet as the 118-pound fighter gets ready to pursue his 10th win a row, a world title opportunity still seems well off on the horizon.
How does a fighter best prepare for an opponent who can bring pressure in one moment, then switch on a dime and box from the outside? He recruits two sparring partners who are adept at simulating both styles.
Prefer your boxing served up like a sampler platter, so you can enjoy a little taste of everything? Then you might want to consider clearing your calendar on February 16.