Interview Time: Haitian-American Boxer Melissa St. Vil

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It’s not hot hard to see how disciplined Melissa St. Vil is, not just as a boxing champion, but as a person. Her sessions with her personal trainer and her boxing mentor are intense. When she gives her body a break, she doesn’t give her mind one. Last month, she took part in a Haitian-American Caucus event designed to end gender-based violence. She taught the mostly-female attendees self-defense techniques.
Interview-Haitian-American boxer Melissa St. Vil
The boxer was born in New York, and over the course of her career so far, she has won the WBC Silver 128 championship, has been declared a WIBA, IBU, and IWBF World Champion. Two years ago, when Haiti was struck by Hurricane Matthew, she traveled to Port-Au-Prince to hold a benefit fight.

Kreyolicious: What was it like growing up as a Haitian-American?
Melissa St. Vil: I’ve always been proud of being Haitian-American because at that time [in the 1990s] some Haitians would not embarrass their culture.
Haitian-American boxer Melissa St. Vil interview
Kreyolicious: How did you get interested in boxing?
Melissa St. Vil: I grew up in a violent house. I had few street fights. I was a angry teen, so finding boxing was my outlet.
Haitian-American boxing champion Melissa St. Vil interview
Kreyolicious: What was the first championship you won?
Melissa St. Vil: I won my first title in my third pro-fight which was the WIBA presented to me.

Kreyolicious: Being a boxer takes a toll on you physically. It can be harmful, even. How do you take measures to protect your body, your face especially?
Melissa St. Vil: I work really hard in the gym to correct mistakes so that I won’t get hurt. I pray and keep positive energy.
Haitian-American boxer Melissa St. Vil
Kreyolicious: And how do you make sure you leave boxing in the ring and don’t attack folks outside the ring?
Melissa St. Vil: I’m not an aggressive person. I would never start a fight, but if it goes there I will handle my business.

Kreyolicious: You did this fundraising boxing match for Haiti. Would love to hear more about that…how it came about and all?
Melissa St. Vil: I had an offer to fight in Haiti for a good cause, and giving back is always a must for me. I love helping people

Kreyolicious: When do you feel the most beautiful?
Melissa St. Vil: I always feel beautiful inside and out because I have an amazing soul and spirit.
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Kreyolicious: What sort of reaction did your parents have when they figured that you were going to be a professional boxer?
Melissa St. Vil: Well, my mom always took care of me growing up, and she doesn’t support me boxing at all.

Kreyolicious: Do you imagine that there will be a time when boxing is no longer part of your life?
Melissa St. Vil: Boxing will always be part of my life forever even after I’m done fighting i will be there helping other young women in boxing guiding them on a positive path
boxing champion Melissa St. Vil
Kreyolicious: What are you most proud of?
Melissa St. Vil: I’m proud of everything I have done in boxing because I was the underdog coming in. I proved a lot of people wrong, and I never took the easy road.

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