BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing Exclusive) Frank Galarza is more than a boxer. He is a survivor and inspiration to those that fear being lost to the streets is inevitable.
When the 29-year-old undefeated super welterweight steps into the ring against Raul Munoz in a slated eight-round affair Friday night at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, New York, he knows nothing that Munoz can dish out in the ring can or will effect him.
That’s because he has been through hell and back and he is still standing. In fact, he is standing taller then he ever has, not only because of his faith, but his outlook on life.
Galarza (15-0-2, 9ko’s) by his own admission is an old soul, but he is realistic and he understands he is fortunate to be here at this point in his life. He is blessed to be alive and he is making sure he can save some souls along the way.
He already has won in life and if he can win some more in the ring, well that is just a bonus.
“My faith is what really saved me, my faith is what said me and got me back to my boxing realm. I want to show people that you can conquer your dreams through hard work and dedication. I never thought I would be here in this place in boxing where I am at right now, or even alive for that matter,” Galarza said exclusively to Journeymen Boxing on Thursday.
Less than 24 hours before Galarza takes on Munoz (23-17-1, 16ko’s) he seems at peace with himself and his life despite the fact he has been knocked down more times in the game of life than most can handle in ten lifetimes.
When most kids were enjoying their childhood, Galarza was to busy becoming a man because the streets took both his parents away.
At the age of seven, he lost his father, a former boxer, from complications from a gunshot wound and two years later his mother passed from a drug overdose.
With the loss of both his parents, Galarza found himself getting in more and more trouble on the streets and he was finding himself getting locked up.
He never once blamed anyone for his setbacks and struggles.
“Stuff like that, it shows where I was at, and I never want to go back to that point again. I do not feel bad or pity and it was an experience that I lived through, and I take all that stuff in with me in the ring. You know the pain, the struggles, I take that into the ring. I really look at it as what can my opponent do to me that has not been done to me already. What is the worse that can happen, I get knocked out, I will get back up.”
Listen below to hear the full interview with Frank.