There comes a time in a young boxers career that he eventually steps up the level of competition and finds his place in the sport of boxing.
For Rosalindo Morales (2-0) of Ellwood City, PA, that fight might very well be tomorrow night as the undefeated super lightweight takes on 2-1 Cleveland native Jeremy Abram at Mountaineer Casino in a scheduled four-round bout.
For Morales though, the step up in competition meant a step up in his training.
"I haven't' had many off days training for this fight," said Morales. "I'm training and working to increase my skill lever every chance I get and most days I workout and train two or even three separate times".
Hard work is nothing new to Morales as the 25-year-old who is finishing his sixth year in the Marine Corps Reserve, an experience he carries with him into the ring.
"I'm able to control my mind to stay focused and disciplined on training for the fight and stay focused while in the ring because the hard training being in the military" explained Morales who moved to Ellwood City when he was 11-years-old from San Antonio, TX.
His military experience won't be the only factor helping Morales in the ring against Abram as he will be fighting within an hour of his hometown allowing for his fanbase to come out and support him, a luxury he enjoyed his two previous fights as well.
"Having the large amount of fans and support I've had at the past two fights really got me hyped up," stated Morales. "It helps a lot more than people think and I appreciate all the support from my fans as it helps motivated me to go harder and give the fans what they want to see in a fight".
Like many young fighters in the infant stages of their careers, Morales has learned that support from sponsors plays as important of a role as fan support.
Just how important are these sponsors to Morales?
"Very important," said Morales when asked about his relationship with his sponsors he proudly displays on his fight shirt. "I owe a lot of credit to my sponsors for helping me out with my training, travel, and attire and it means a lot to have such good support especially since most of my sponsors are from around or in Ellwood City".
Tickets for tomorrow nights event are available at the Made Men Promotions website at www.mademenpromotions.com until midnight tonight (Friday) and will be available at the door which opens at 6:00 PM tomorrow.