"I'm heading back to the gym tonight. Every fight that I take is always an experience. I see my bad habits and what I need to fix and I go right back to the ring and fix it. There is no need to take off 2 or 3 weeks. My thing is I just like to stay hungry. Staying in the gym helps me keep that hunger and helps me perfect my craft. This is my passion and I just like being in the gym and just learning my craft," stated jr. middleweight contender Frank Galarza, who talked about his recent victory, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on the knockout win on the Broner/Malignaggi undercard. How do you feel?
FG: I feel good. I feel like we sharpened up a few things and we are much more together. I kept my composure and it was a good fight.
PC: I understand you trained in New York; you switched it up a little bit. Did you feel a difference in that sense?
FG: Yeah! My balance was a lot better. Training in New York helped because it always comes with a lot of sparring. It's a boxing environment. Taking nothing away from Danbury, but I'm always in a boxing environment there. And while I was there, I was picking up new tricks and new ideas and stuff like that.
PC: Was it important for you to turn right back around and fight and erase the memory of that bad draw that you received in your previous fight?
FG: I'm never gonna erase it. You know what it is? To be honest with you, I'm never going to erase the moment; I need the taste still there because it was a humbling experience of never get too big in what you are. Always know that a guy that's 1-4 or 4-5, those guys are tough and sometimes tougher than the guys that are 9-0. It just keeps me humble and always wanting to constantly work harder and don't underestimate anyone.
PC: You have been a part of a few of these events at Barclays. What was the atmosphere like there last Saturday night?
FG: The energy was live, man. It was exciting. There were a lot of egos involved, and I'm talking about the people that weren't even in the ring; Broner fans and Paulie fans. A lot of Brooklyn came out to support Paulie and a lot of people from Ohio came out to support Broner.
PC: Talk us through your fight and what you saw, and the knockout.
FG: I started a bit slow because I wanted to figure out the guy. I had never seen anything on the guy, but I heard that he was aggressive and he comes to fight a little wild and strong, so I didn't want to get into his kind of fight. I didn't want to waste everything out in the 1st round. I wanted to figure him out and whatever adjustments we made, we made it throughout the round. So we did start off slow, but it was based on him. I'm learning to not get caught up in my opponent's fight. I need to fight the way I want to fight, which is using the jab and my distance and keeping my composure and not getting into these brawls. I don't want to be dying out the 4th or 5th round. It was a slow start, but we capitalized and we made adjustments according to the opponent and we did what we had to do to get him out of there. We hit him with a body shot where I saw he didn't take it very well and then from there, I noticed he started dying out once I started going to his body and he was wearing down a little bit. He was still a strong and very dangerous fighter, so we just started our combinations off. Once I touched up his body, I started going to his head. I was back and forth, breaking him down and confusing him.
PC: How soon would you like to be back in there?
FG: I want to say end of July or August. I know we have something; my promoters, New Legend, One Promotions, and Old World Boxing have a show in September, so I know we will definitely be looking to fight in September, but if I can get something before that, that will be great. I also don't want to burn myself out. So we will hopefully get in there end of July or beginning of August.
PC: Is it right back to the gym or are you taking some time off?
FG: I'm heading back to the gym tonight. Every fight that I take is always an experience. I see my bad habits and what I need to fix and I go right back to the ring and fix it. There is no need to take off 2 or 3 weeks. My thing is I just like to stay hungry. Staying in the gym helps me keep that hunger and helps me perfect my craft. This is my passion and I just like being in the gym and just learning my craft.
PC: You scored a 4th round knockout in a scheduled 6-rounder. Is that the statement you needed to make in not only stopping your opponent, but showing your power holds up throughout the fight?
FG: Absolutely. In my previous fight, that was one of my bad habits is that I started to actually push my punches. And we looked to work on my balance because it was off and I kept my composure; those things helped me to maintain my power throughout. I actually felt that I was getting stronger and the rounds progressed and that's what we have been working on and that's why we had the slow start because we didn't want to blow everything out in 1 or 2 rounds. We took it for what it was and now we are just executing now. As long as I am cleaner and sharper, the power is always gonna be there. It's all how we keep under control and that's what I have been doing, controlling myself and keeping that energy level up.
PC: A draw is not a loss, but it's a blemish. There is never a good time for a blemish on your record, but do you feel you needed that at that point in your career?
FG: Yeah, I needed that. I'm pretty sure if I woulda won, I kind of would have stuck with the same program. I realize that I needed that because the draw humbled me and brought me back to reality to never underestimate an opponent, one, and to always give my best at all times. Always give the best of what I can do at all times. I can't go in there too relaxed or comfortable and give more than what I can, but to give everything.
PC: Congrats again my man and we will talk before your next one. Is there anything you want to add?
FG: I just want to thank you guys for always showing support to me, and I want to thank A.J. Galante for being in my corner as my manager, and my promotion for giving me the right fights and opportunity to fight on the cards like the Barclays. They are doing an amazing job and we look forward to the future.
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