JA: What’s the latest Matt
? "Training is going really well for the fight that I have next Friday night on March 31st at the Mohegan Sun. JA: Was the plan to get you back in the ring as soon as possible after your 2nd round knockout victory on February 13th
? "Definitely. We have been trying to get fights but fights have been falling out for us. We were supposed to fight last week but my opponent fell out. We have a lot of tentative fights scheduled for 2006; we have March 31st at the Mohegan, April 29th at Foxwoods, May 5th in Rhode Island and May 10th at Foxwoods."
JA: So you are going to be fighting back to back on May 5th and May 10th?
Matt Remilard: If everything goes right that’s the plan.
JA: Do you know who you will be fighting this week at the Mohegan?
Matt Remilard: It’s a 90% chance that it’s going to be Edward Valdez out of New York. Edward is 3-3 with 2 knockouts. If you look at his record it’s a good 3-3, he received a draw with Danny McDermont in his hometown. Edward fought last week and knocked out Lorenzo Bethea in the 2nd round. Lorenzo was 5-0 when Danny they fought; Edward is a good 3-3. We are just waiting for the contracts to come in and get everything finalized.
JA: Are you progressing at the pace that you want to as a professional?
Matt Remilard: I would like to get some rounds in and that is what we are looking for right now. We want someone to take me 6 rounds, I am ready to go six rounds. The first round knockouts are nice but we are trying to see where I am at because it’s hard to see where I am at when I am knocking these guys out early. We are trying to look for an opponent that can take what I got so we can see where I am at.
“Jackie always tells me about how Tommy Hearns had 20 or so first round knockouts and by the time he was up there he was doing 10 rounds. I know that I can go 6 rounds but the thought if something happens is always in the back of my mind. Before I know it I am going to be fighting 8 and 10 round fights, I want to get more rounds in under my belt.
JA: Is conditioning a problem for you?
Matt Remilard: No I run 5-6 miles a day in the gym so I am ready for anything, where just waiting for the right opponent to take me there.
JA: How has sparring been for you?
Matt Remilard: Sparring has been great, a little slow right now because where getting close to next Friday. I was getting good sparring from Pito Cardona who just made his comeback fight last week; he knocked the guy out in the first round. I have been getting great work and I am ready for everything right now.
JA: If everything goes right how many times would you like to fight in 2006?
Matt Remilard: If everything goes right I would love to fight 8 times. If I can fight every month that would be good, me personally I would love to fight every week. Whenever there is a card we are trying to get on it, right now it’s more or less a waiting game to see if we can find the right opponent.
JA: Is there anything that you would like to say in closing Matt?
Matt Remilard: I just want to thank everyone out there for supporting me. Keep an eye out for Matt Remilard you are going to see a lot more of me this year. I would like to thank my team Paul Cichon, Jackie Kallen, and Jimmy Burchfield for all they have done for me; I have a great team around me. I just want to thank you guys at Boxingtalk.com for looking out for me and conducting this interview with me.
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