Jerry Glick reporting: “I’m ready for whatever comes along,” said young, undefeated middleweight prospect Frankie Galarza, 7-0 (4 KOs). He will participate in a true step up fight against another unbeaten prospect who is also 7-0 (3 KOs), Alantez Fox from Forestville, MD. They will be facing off for the vacant NYS Light-Middleweight Belt in Queens, NY.
The Barclays Center isn’t the only venue with a historic first card of boxing in New York. There’s another first in the City, not in Brooklyn, this one is in Queens at the first Casino in New York history, and now it will host its inaugural boxing show.
“Fighting at the Casino is a wonderful feeling for me,” said Galarza. “For me it is finally doing something positive and seeing where I want to go with my career. It’s a great feeling and it’s amazing.” The great thing about this kid is that he could have continued fighting lesser opponents to build up his record and he was offered the chance to do that but that’s not what he wanted. As soon as the unbeaten Fox was mentioned he said that this was the opponent he wanted.
New Legend, Old World, and W.O.N. Promotions will be promoting the first show at the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Raceway on Saturday, September 22nd. On Tuesday at the same venue they held a press conference to announce the show with four of the young prospects who will appear in competitive fights.
Also on hand were Elton Dharry, 9-5-1 (4 KOs), Rafael Vasquez, 8-0 (6 KOs), and Angel Garcia, 2-1 (2 KOs). The main event will be Joe Smith Jr., 10-1 (10 KOs), against Yasin Rashid, 7-2 (2 KOs) in a light-heavyweight battle.
Felipe Gomez of New Legend Promotions is happy to be a part of this unique threesome. “At the end of the day we are looking to build something positive,” explained the former NYC police officer and former amateur fighter. “You got three brains working together. Aside from the financial aspect of it, where people don’t realize the cost of putting on a professional boxing card, we are sharing the cost and we are sharing the profit. With the Casino, I think things are going quite well.”
So far they have not lost their shirts, but he admitted that they have not made any money either. He fully expects to turn that corner now. “Even if we break even to continue doing shows, I’m happy about that,” he added. “We are trying to build up these young local fighters who are not getting the chance to show what they can do by other promoters.”
If you ask any young fighter in New York boxing about Gomez you will get a positive response. “I’m an ex-fighter,” said Gomez. “I can relate to their needs. I build that relationship with them. Usually promoters can’t do that. They know that we are trying to do the right thing. If you have a good heart and try to do the right thing you are accepted.”
New Legend’s Kevin O’Sullivan, also a former police officer, Felipe’s partner, was very excited about the chance to be a big part of boxing history. “I think it’s going to be an exciting night,” said O’Sullivan. “We have a great venue, a great opportunity here. Most of the time fans have to travel to Manhattan or Long Island or to New Jersey to have attend a venue such as this. This will open a lot of doors, not only for us, but for the fighters.