USA Boxing National Tournaments
2018 Youth National Championships - 1st
2018 Western Regional Open - 1st
2018 Eastern Regional Open - 1st
2018 National Junior Olympics - 3rd
2017 Junior Open - 1st
2017 National Silver Gloves - 2nd
At the age of six, Zayas had his first amateur fight. He wound up winning his first 20 bouts. From there, Zayas built a 118-14 record as an amateur. Today, he stands as an 11-time Puerto Rican and United States amateur champion, including back-to-back national titles in 2017 at 125 pounds and in 2018 at 152 pounds. Zayas was also named the most outstanding boxer of last year's competition.
Zayas was faced with a difficult decision, though, after the 2018 national amateur championships: Wait to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics because his 17th birthday on Sept. 5 falls 45 days short of being eligible for the 2020 Games or make the jump and turn pro at an age when teenagers are thinking about getting their driver license, hanging out with their friends and going out on dates?