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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Galarza, Browne to fight at Barclays

By Michael Woods

Confession: I'm sort of a fan of two of the young boxers on the Saturday card at Barclays Center. Frank Galarza and Marcus Browne are two promising hitters with engaging personalities. You have to hope that they keep excelling, and get to the professional promised land.

The 27-year-old Galarza was born in Red Hook. He stands out because of his upbeat attitude. His father died when he was seven, and his mom died when he was nine. He grew up in the home of his father's sister and her husband, Wilma and Benjamin Collazo. They will be in the building when the 8-0 Galarza meets 11-2 Guillermo Ibarra. "I expect more than one hundred friends and family at Barclays," Galarza told me Tuesday at Gleason's. I asked him why he didn't have a nasty gameface on and he said, "I'm just having fun, being able to fight in my home town." The junior middle got good sparring with Delvin Rodriguez, so he expects to go to 9-0. "There won't be nerves. I'm used to it. It's my stage and I want to perform."

Another kid on the card is 22-year-old Marcus Browne. The Staten Island light heavy meets 4-5-1 Taneal Goyco, and seeks to go to 3-0. Browne is advised by Al Haymon, so you know big things are expected of him. "I'm in great shape and I'm just ready to fight in front of my home crowd for the first time as a professional fighter," he told NYFightblog.