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Rafael Gramajo’s journey continues

Rafael Gramajo

Photo: Westside Boxing

It’s rare to find a fighter with only six professional fights to his credit to have so much experience in the unforgiving sport of fisticuffs.

However, there is such a fist thrower, and his name is Rafael Gramajo.

The featherweight is featured on the undercard of Golden Boy Promotions premier live showing of their supremely popular ‘LA Fight Club’ series on ‘Estrella TV’; the series is an off-shoot of sorts from their ‘Fight Night Club’ series a few years back located down the street at the Club Nokia.

“My brothers noticed how much I liked to fight, so they told me, why don’t you try boxing,” said Gramajo, who learned the trade alongside Victor Ortiz and Brandon Rios in Garden City, Kansas.

“Brandon told me that I took some shots that even professionals would not be able to take,” said Gramajo of his time spent in the ring sparring with one of the hardest hitters in the sport.

Early in his career, Gramajo logged the trifecta of fight decisions as the Midwest native started out with the perfect way to begin a career on the canvas with a KO win in Ohio inside two rounds; however, in his next outing, a loss came via unanimous decision to unbeaten fighter Antonio Nieves, followed up by a majority draw in his bout against Micah Branch just one month later.

The entire fight against Branch can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdpPWVtkzHI

Results were declared 38-38 twice, and its’ not said which fighter the third judge saw the bout for, but the You Tube commentary host had it 39-37, who stated it was Gramajo who put more “butter on the bread” during the fight.

So in the span of three fights, Gramajo, was on top of the world stopping his very first career opponent, then on the bottom of it by scoring an L, and the third time he laced up professionally, Gramajo was left frustrated with a draw decision from three judges.

“The loss was tough, it makes you feel like you lost everything,” says the fighter, who had a less than stellar relationship with his previous promotional outfit and soon ended matters with the company.

What proceeded was a three year absence from the ring before a change of venue for the fighter from the Bible Belt to California, where he linked up with the Saucedo brothers, who are well-known to the industry.

“They said to come out here, because I don’t know them, and they don’t know me,” said Gramajo. The Saucedo clan liked what they saw from the young fighter and he soon found himself aligned with Golden Boy Promotions.

“El Alikin” has had quite an active 2015, logging three bouts in the span of less than three months, two decisions and a KO against Luis Cosme.

On Friday the opponent is Andres Balderas in what will be the third fight for Gramajo under the GBP banner. Gramajo, (4-1-1, 2KO) expects a brother, wife and kids to be present at the show cheering him on.

With the boxing experience he has both in and outside of the ring, where fists are thrown both inside the ropes as well as outside the ropes, Gramajo comes ready both physically and mentally, not just for his next bout, but for the rest of his time in the sport, which could lead to a bright future for the featherweight fist thrower.

“The loss was tough, it makes you feel like you lost everything,” says the fighter, who had a less than stellar relationship with his previous promotional outfit and soon ended matters with the company.

What proceeded was a three year absence from the ring before a change of venue for the fighter from the Bible Belt to California, where he linked up with the Saucedo brothers, who are well-known to the industry.
“They said to come out here, because I don’t know them, and they don’t know me,” said Gramajo. The Saucedo clan liked what they saw from the young fighter and he soon found himself aligned with Golden Boy Promotions.

“El Alikin” has had quite an active 2015, logging three bouts in the span of less than three months, two decisions and a KO against Luis Cosme.

On Friday the opponent is Andres Balderas in what will be the third fight for Gramajo under the GBP banner. Gramajo, (4-1-1, 2KO) expects a brother, wife and kids to be present at the show cheering him on.
With the boxing experience he has both in and outside of the ring, where fists are thrown both inside the ropes as well as outside the ropes, Gramajo comes ready both physically and mentally, not just for his next bout, but for the rest of his time in the sport, which could lead to a bright future for the featherweight fist thrower.

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