caught up with Frank “Notorious” Galarza, one of the borough’s most promising boxers. Dubbed “The Brooklyn Rocky,” the super welterweight boasts an excellent 17-0-2 pro record. Galarza is among the borough’s most well-known up-and-comers, with three of his fights thus far having been televised on Showtime’s ShoBox.

You won the USA NYS Super Welterweight title in September 2013, and have had an impressive string of victories since. On April 10th, with a TV audience on Shobox, you stopped Belgian, Sheldon Moore, with a 3rd round KO. What’s next for Frank Galarza?

Hopefully more TV. My plan is to stay active and start going after some fighters with big names.

You lost your parents at the early age of 10. Tell us about your upbringing and how it shaped who you are today.

I was raised with my aunt and uncle in Redhook. They did their best trying to keep me and my brothers away from the streets, but it surrounded us. I had no siblings from my biological parents, but I was raised with my aunt’s and uncle’s boys. I called them my brothers, because they were. My parents couldn’t take care of me, so my aunt did since I was young.

When did you first start boxing and why?

 I started boxing at the age of 17 for a year because I knew my father was a fighter. So I wanted to try it. I played baseball, but I didn’t enjoy it—boxing called me.

How long were you in the amateurs and what were the key lessons you took away?

I started at 17 for about year, and then lost interest. Then I started back at the age of 23 or 24. I only had 11 amateur fights, so it didn’t really teach me anything.

You’re often referred to as “The Brooklyn Rocky.” How’d you get that nickname?

 An announcer gave me that name. He said I’m a kid from Brooklyn with a large fan base, and I’m aggressive…so he also gave me “Notorious.”

How would you characterize your fighting style?

My fighting style–I’m a boxer-puncher.

 Along with your 17 professional Ws have come two draws. What’s the toughest pro fight you’ve had so far and why?

Alantez Fox, who I got a draw with. It was my toughest fight, and one of my best experiences.