Alexis Santiago was born on September 26th, 1990 in Phoenix, AZ. He is the third born of four children, having an older brother and sister, as well as a younger sister. They were a close-knit family with both of their parents being very supportive of all four of their children. There is no question that fighting has always been second nature to Santiago. Before he was knocking down opponents in the ring, fighting in the streets of Phoenix, Arizona was the norm for him. His love for fighting kept him in trouble growing up. He would take any opportunity he had to fight in the rough streets of his neighborhood. At the age of 16 Santiago was introduced to boxing when began training with Rudy Mata at Mata’s Boxing Gym in Phoenix. It was there where he honed his skills, not just as a fighter, but a boxer who strategizes before striking. The sport quickly took a hold of Santiago’s life and he hasn’t let go since. His desire to box outweighed his love for street fighting. At that point he had one goal in mind: to become a world champion.
Santiago went on to participate in 130 amateur fights in the U.S. and Mexico. He made his pro debut on October 2009 against Aaron Fernandez inside the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Santiago picked up the first win of his career by unanimous decision. On July 1st, 2011 after participating in just eight professional fights, Santiago found himself in a battle against Randy Caballero for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental super bantamweight title. Unable to come away victorious, Santiago was motivated more than ever to work even harder.
In 2012, Santiago and his older brother left their hometown and decided to move to Las Vegas, NV. With the support of his family, Santiago shifted all of his focus to boxing. He was determined to become part of the Mayweather Promotions team. Santiago frequented the Mayweather Boxing Club and began training with Roger Mayweather.
On September 21st, 2013, Santiago returned to his hometown to win the vacant WBC United States bantamweight title after defeating Alex Rangel by way of TKO. A year later, he successfully defended his title against Hanzel Martinez in a 10-round bout. In March of 2015, Santiago went on to win the WBO NABO bantamweight title when he defeated Antonio Tostado Garcia at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel in Glendale, Arizona. His victory ranked him 6th in the world by the World Boxing Organization.
After participating in 22 fights as a professional boxer, Santiago was officially signed to Mayweather Promotions in 2015. Santiago had a successful 2015 by winning all three of his bouts. He currently holds a professional record of 20-3-1 with 8 KO’s and trains with Ismael Salas at Bones Adams Gym in Las Vegas, NV.
The only thing more important than boxing to Santiago is his family. He considers them his biggest supporters and inspiration. He admires his parents for all of their sacrifices and hard work in helping him turn his dream into a reality. His motivation stems from the overwhelming amount of support from the people in his hometown. It’s impossible for him to even imagine his life without boxing. For Santiago, this is it.