WBC Youth and USNBC featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard is learning first-hand how the risk-and-reward theory in boxing can work against a fighter.
For the second time in a row, veteran Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (32-22-4, 23 KOs) pulled out of a scheduled bout against Remillard. Ruiz had done the same thing two months earlier in Maryland.
The 23-year-old Remillard (18-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Manchester, Connecticut, put late replacement Tyler Ziolkowski (11-7) to sleep at the midway point of the opening round in their July 10th fight in Reno.
“I was a little frustrated the fight fell apart again,” Matt said. “It’s happened to me a lot. Most importantly, though, I got my opponent out of there early. I didn’t want it to go rounds because it would have looked bad for me. I was a professional, getting him out of there right away, and now we’ve moved on. I can only hope it (opponent pulling out) doesn’t happen again.
“I think a lot (available opponents) has to do with it being this weight class and the economy. I understand. Nobody wants to fight an undefeated fighter, unless they’re making a lot of money. As a pro fighter, I need to understand that those things are going to happen, maybe for a little while longer, but I feel that it’s all going to lead-up to the right fight.”
Remillard hopes to be back in action within two months, possibly headlining a show in Connecticut.