The bout, which will take place at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University, will be the 20 year-old Santiago’s 3rd start of 2016,
This year, Santiago has stepped up the competition to face battle tested opponents that has given the young fighter from Philadelphia so much needed in-ring knowledge.
“I know Tapia has a long resume of 28-16-4,”said Santiago of Tapia, who has faced nine undefeated opponents which includes world champion Jesus Cuellar and world title challengers Fernando Saucedo and Mattias Rueda.
“I have fought experienced guys before, and I have been in with veterans. I have prepared very well for this fight and I have been sparring with Danny Garcia.”
When asked about fighting on such a high-profile card in his hometown, Santiago is eager to put on a great performance.
“This is a blessing and a great opportunity. I know my time will come, but I am taken one fight at a time. Fight by fight.”
Santiago knows that 2017 could be a big year and by the end of next year, he feels that he will be ready for bigger opportunities.
“I feel that I am 4 or 5 fights away from starting my way up the rankings.”
I am just so excited for Saturday. I will be fighting on a big card in front of family and friends. there are lots of great fighters and with a big crowd, this will be tremendous exposure for me and I am looking for a great fight.