Dennis “The Surgeon” Galarza: It’s a movement

By Xavier Porter,

January 9, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – On January 13, at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Miami, FL, Team SOHK (School of Hard Knocks) will be front and center, ready to take another step towards one day fighting for a world title. For this fight it will be Dennis “The Surgeon” Galarza (13-2, 8 KOs) stepping into the ring against an opponent who has yet to be determined.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, fighting out of Orlando, FL, the twenty-four year old Puerto Rican-Italian discussed his early start to boxing.

“I’ve been boxing since I was eight years old. One day my uncle was babysitting me. He said come with me to the store. Instead of going to the store he brought me to the gym and signed me up to fight. At first I thought I was taking a ride to get ice cream and the next thing I know I was in a ring fighting. I had no experience and but I gave it my all.”

“Once I put the gloves on and had my first fight there was nothing else that I wanted to do. I fell in love with it. Growing up I enjoyed playing other sports like football and baseball but boxing became my passion, it became my love.”

Galarza, originally signed to Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions, is now working with Pro Box Management and has Premier Boxing Champions Al Haymon as his advisor. He explained the reasons for the change in management for his career.

“Originally when I turned professional I signed with Mike Tyson (Iron Mike Productions). After a year of being with the company it closed down and formed Pro Box Management. There’s a lot of talent within the management team’s roster. There are several good fighters signed under the banner, along with myself.”

Coming off a split decision loss this past September, Galarza has made the necessary adjustments to ensure that he’s successful in being victorious for his upcoming fight.

photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

“Making weight is hard work but I’m consistent. I train every day. Staying in the gym helps me to maintain my weight. Every day I do something different in the gym. Nelson Rodriguez is my strength/ conditioning coach and my father Jason Galarza is my trainer.”

“I trained hard for my last fight but the high altitude took its toll on me. I have no excuses. I tip my hat to him. It was a learning experience. I would like to have a rematch with him. If we were to fight again, on the east coast, I feel I could stop him early.”

“For this fight I’m getting back to the back to the basics. I’m moving up to 135lbs. I’m smarter, wiser, and faster. I’ve been sparring with my brother Erickson Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs). I helped him prepare for his last fight. I’ve had to stay on my toes. After working with him, fighting against any other 135 pounder doesn’t relate.”

Galarza, at 5’10, has undeniable talent. Fighting out of the School of Hard Knocks Boxing Academy he has great reach with good power in both hands. He presents a problem for any 130 and 135 pounder.

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“I would like to win a world title at 130 pounds. If the opportunity presents itself then I would take it. I’m solid and I’m still growing. I am a contender at 135 pounds. For now I plan to remain at 135 pounds.”

“SOHK represents everything from where we’ve came from, to where we’re at now, to where we’re going. As a team we work hard and we put everything on the line. We used to train in my parents garage. Our coaches put a great plan and together we’ve recently opened our own gym. It’s not only a gym it’s a movement. SOHK is a movement and we’re here to stay.”

As stated previously Galarza’s next fight will take place on a Premier Boxing Champions – Spike TV broadcast on January 13. He is envisions having a successful fight, in hopes of appearing on more televised fights, with the ultimate goal of winning a world title. Also being featured on the card will be the main event featuring the current WBA, IBO super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (23-3-2, 13 KOs) defending his belt against the former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs), along with the former WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (29-1, 23 KOs) along with former WBA, IBO bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-1, 8 KOs).

“It’s going to be an action packed card,” Galarza said, “I appreciate everyone’s support. SOHK is here and we’re here to stay.”

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