Junior middleweight Guido Emanuel Schramm has been busy taking hard fights for the past two years. His last three opponents have a combined record of 56-2-1. However, his upcoming contest could decide the fortunes of his career. 

Schramm is set to face upset-minded Vladimir Hernandez on June 5, headlining Wednesday Night Fights on ProBox TV at the ProBox TV Events Center in Plant City, Florida.

Schramm (16-2-2, 9 KOs), 28, finds himself at a career crossroads after a recent loss to Johan Gonzalez in November. That same month, the 35-year-old Hernandez (14-6, 6 KOs) narrowly lost to Troy Isley on a Top Rank undercard, stalling his momentum. 

Hernandez, 35, known for his high output, was training for a different fight when he got the call to replace Radzhab Butaev, Schramm’s original opponent.

Despite their different paths, both fighters are in dire need of a win.

“I know I must win this fight if I want to keep moving up the ladder,” Schramm told BoxingScene. “A loss at this level would be devastating so I am training as though my career is on the line.”

Schramm, promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz, defeated unbeaten Jahyae Brown in April 2023 in a ShoBox: The Next Generation co-feature. He later returned to ShoBox and drew with undefeated Paul Kroll. Four months after that, he suffered his second career loss. This is his first fight back since.

“Both my recent loss and draw were extremely close fights, and I believe I won them both,” Schramm said. “So I’m not letting that bother me. I’m focusing and training hard to face my next opponent, a tough Mexican southpaw with some good wins on his record.”

Earlier in 2022, Schramm experienced a similar pattern. After upsetting Nikoloz Sekhniashvili, a training partner of Xander Zayas, he lost to Cristian Javier Ayala in Argentina two fights later.

Hernandez is stepping in on short notice but remains undeterred. He has notable victories over former unified titleholder Julian Williams, Alfredo Angulo, and highly regarded prospect Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson.

“I believe I have an exciting style for ProBox TV and all the heart, power, and toughness to become a favorite with fans around the world and a world champion,” Schramm said. “If I put some wins together against tough opponents like this, I’m sure I will be moving up the ratings. I will let my promoter Sampson Lewkowicz decide each move.”