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Matt Remillard




If you had the choice, who would you most like to fight?

It's always hard to say who I would like to fight the most because I fell that it isn't up to me to decide.  As the fighter, it is my job to be in the best shape at all the right times.  I feel very confident in my team to move me correctly and get me ready for any style of fighter I may face in the future.  It's hard to say no to any fight because I feel as if I would be doing something wrong, I guess you can say its just the make up of any fighter or a state of mind you have to be in.


Who were your heroes growing up?

I never really had a hero growing up, but the one person I always looked up to was my father, even though growing up I never showed him the appreciation I do now as an adult.  We had some rough times when I was a kid and never really understood each other as I think we do now.  I think it all started to change when I started boxing.  He worked my corner through most of my amateur career and is still working my corner in the pro's.  It's nice to be able to come back to the corner and see familiar faces and get that support from him even if he doesn't say anything between rounds.  I grew up watching him work 70 plus hours a week to give his family everything they needed inclduing supporting me sending me everywhere I needed in the amateur tournaments when it really wasn't a necessity.  I hope one day I can help support my family and give back to them as much as they did for me.


What advice do you have for an aspiring boxer?

My advice would be to stay focused and go after your dreams.  During that long road, you will have a lot of doubters and people trying to change the way you think about certain things, especially if they see how much you are succeeding.  Everything always seems to get worse before they get better.  Nothing is ever easy especially in boxing, you can never learn too much so take your time and listen.  You have to be like a sponge and soak al of the information in and never take anything for granted.  Boxing is one of the hardest sports out there, but it is definitely a beautiful art when you get it down.  Just make sure in the end you give back to the sports as much as it gave you.  It's always important to remember where you came from.


What is your career highlight so far?

My career highlight would be getting ranked in the top ten in a couple of the world rated organizations - WBA and WBO.  I've worked so hard to get to where I am now and have to make sure I am in top shape at anytime because that phone call could be in the near future.  Every fight I am getting closer and closer to my ultimate goal but at anytime it can also be taken.  Staying focused is very important.  I can't let my ealry success get in the way of my dreams.


What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends and family.  I like to go to the movies, play sports, just relax, and have a good time.  My schedule can get a little hectic sometimes - so in my free time relaxing and actually having no schedule is nice.


What would you do for a living if you weren't a boxer?

I really don't know what I would be doing if I didn't box.  Boxing really saved my life in some aspects because I wasn't really heading in the right direction when I was a teenager.  Sometimes I do wish I would have gone to college right out of high school and got a degree in business or something in that kind of field.  I still hope to one day get a college diiploma and maybe work with at risk kids.  That is someting I would really enjoy doing, giving back to my community.


Who is the toughest fighter you have faced so far?

I would have to say that my toughest fight so far would have to be my most recent fight against Carlos Cuero on 11-20-10.  It was really an awkward fight and our heads clashed a lot throughout the fight.  I had gotten cut early on in the fight and also hurt my right hand pretty bad.  It allowed me to box and show off some of my other skills rather than brawling as many people probably thought I would do.  It went the distrance, 8 ronds, but was by far my toughest fight having to fce adversity with the cut and hurt hand.  My jab was key in the fight and I was able to establish it a lot throughout the fight.