Santiago, still just nineteen years-old, will headline for the first time since his professional debut 30 months ago as he has established himself as a big ticket seller in the Philadelphia.
According to his handlers at Battlestrong Boxing, this is by far the most tickets that young Santiago has sold in what will be his 15th outing.
“The demand has been off the charts, ” said Santiago’s co-manager Moz Gonzalez. Gonzalez, along with his partner Eddie Woods are scrambling around looking for more tickets for Santiago’s many fans.
“It is a great problem to have. We sold out our allotment of tickets very quickly and we are looking for tickets as we keep taking calls from people who want to come on Friday.”
“Everything is good. I am on weight, and now I am getting ready for the fun part and that is to fight,” said Santiago.
In Alvarez, he is fighting a capable opponent who has a record of 7-4-2 with three knockouts. Alvarez was undefeated in his first eight bouts that included big wins over undefeated Kevin Nieves (6-0) and Israel Arellano (7-1).
“I know he is from the Dominican Republic. He is tough, In-shape and comes to fight, so I have to be prepared for anything.”
Santiago is excited to once again have top-billing. He cites many reason’s for the extreme interest in this bout.
“It feels awesome to be the headliner. Everyone is coming to watch you, and it’s a blessing and I know have to show the people what I got. It’s terrific to be the first headliner at the SugarHouse. I feel that Philly fans come to support their own. My record is continuing to grow and be built and I am back with my father training me, so I think there are plenty of good reasons for the great support I will have on Friday.”
Santiago expects to fight a couple more times this year and with a big win on Friday, he sees the competition to be stepped and bigger rewards on the way.
“I am hoping to fight for a small title by the end of the year. Then next year, I am looking to get ranked and fighting ten round bouts. All that will help my name get out more. I just want to thank everyone for their support and I am looking to impress everybody.