„Boxing is my whole life, it’s everything I have” – interview with Remigiusz Runowski

By 5 February 2020News, Uncategorized

He’s 16 years old and lives in Mianowice, a village located near Slupsk (12km). He has been training boxing for 3 years. He started off fighting for the Garda Wicko Club, then Orkan Lębork.

Nowadays he represents SKB Energa Czarni Slupsk. Meet Remik – the reigning champion of Polish Boxing Scene and a dear friend from our school corridors.

Remik’s notable achievments thus far are…

  • XXXVIII International Boxing Tournament ”For Golden Boxing Glove of Vistula”- 1st place
  • VI International Memorial name of Brunon Bendig – 1st place
  • 1st place in Olympic Boxing Extraleague Match (2019)
  • International Boxing Tournament 3rd Juniors Nations’ Cup, Serbia Vrbas – 3rd place (2019)
  • XXV National Youth Olympics in Indoor Sports – 1st place (2019)

…and that’s not all!

In between the training sessions, he agreed to tell us about his passion and expose his recipe for success…

 

How did your boxing adventure begin?

Seeing how my elder brothers got themselves into boxing, I really wanted to follow the same path as them. I couldn’t let my eyes off them seeing how hard they train, so I gave it a shot, especially since I love working hard, too.

How often do you train?

I train twice a day. Sometimes I train 3 times whenever an important tournament is coming. It requires a lot of sacrifice and effort. There were days where I was literally crying due to being overworked but regardless I love what I do and I can’t imagine life without it. But this is something I enjoy and I’m aware that not everyone can easily get into boxing which often results in giving up right after the first hard workout.

What if someone had little talent for boxing but would still strive really hard to achieve success? Would it be possible to come out on top at the end?

Anyone can succeed but only if you really put a lot of work into your goal. Boxing is for people with a strong personality however the said personality might be also improved during training.

But you are a talented boy and your achievements confirm that statement. What are your plans? Would you like to become a professional boxer?

Yes. I would like to remain an amateur level boxer for some time, only later to become a professional fighter which I’d really love to. And once I reach that point in life, I will try my best to keep being a successful fighter.

What is the difference between being an amateur and a professional fighter? Apart from money, of course 🙂

In amateur boxing there are 3 rounds – each one lasts 2 to 3 minutes, depending on age category. In the juniors category, it is going to be 3 min. Depending on the match-up and the rank it may take 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or up to even 12 rounds in a professional fight. That style suits me more – as it is known, you need to come out and impose your pace. In professional boxing, the pacing is usually slower however that is not always the case. Sometimes those 12 rounds can get particularly hard with many punches thrown here and there.

Those 12 rounds could be compared to a marathon in which endurance plays the biggest role.

And that’s what I like the most about boxing. The work one needs to put is even harder, however it is not like amateur fighters train less. Sometimes it is the other way around. Stamina and strength are the most important.

Which of your fights was the hardest?

Definitely the World Nations Cup, where the best teams from around the world take part like Russia, Kazakhstan, India, and many others. That time I had a tough battle with a Norwegian but I came out victorious.

Are there any important upcoming tournaments soon?

Indeed. In fact the most important one – the Polish Junior Championships which is, I believe, scheduled at the beginning of next year. This is also when I am going to change my age category from a cadet to junior.

Training, school… How do you get it all together? What is your family’s attitude towards your lifestyle?

Family is most important to me. Parents are proud of their next child who accomplished a lot at such an early age. It is not easy to put the same amount of focus on both school and my training but it certainly isn’t impossible. Cannot really complain.

If you had to say in one sentence what is the most significant thing that boxing has taught you, what would it be?

Boxing builds character, teaches humility, respect for yourself and others. I encourage everyone to maintain an active lifestyle.

 

We hope your dreams will come true and we wish you further success!

 

 

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