Dawson-Garcia, Estrada, Godfrey & Remillard’s pro debut on April 1st

08.03.05 – The first official press conference for “Homecoming,” the first professional boxing match in New Haven in four years, was held today at the same site as the April 1 show, the New Haven Athletic Center in New Haven Connecticut. “Bragging Rights” is co-promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES and Guilty Boxing, in association with the New Haven Athlci Center and CN8, The Comcast Network..

Tickets are priced at $150.00 (Jimmy’s Club VIP), $100 (Platinum), $60 (Gold), $40 (Silver Reserved), $25 (General Admission) and $15 (Students). Tickets my be purchased at the following outlets or by calling CES’ corporate headquarters (401.724.2253) or its Connecticut office (860.432.4253): Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Office (203.777.8550), Humphrey’s East (203.782.1506), Fireside Restaurant & Bar (203.466.1919), Ring One Boxing Gym (203.787.1200), Manchester PAL (860.645.6261), Taino Boxing (860.645.6261), Jimmy’s Urban Clothing (203.333.3939 & 374.7172 in Bridgeport, 203.934.2900 in West Haven, 203.907.0384 in Hamden, 203.855.1799 in Norwalk, 203.323.9200 in Stamford); Sports Stuff (203.787.2293 in New Haven, 203.630.0889 in Meriden, 203.757.9126 in Waterbury).

For additional information visit CES’ web site at Doors open at 6 pm, first bout at 7 pm. Call TransMedia Entertainment Group at 610.627.0606 or 203.288.7111 for television advertising or broadcasting opportunities.

Press Conference Quotes

“Bad” Chad Dawson – “I’m excited. This has been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for this moment. I need the support so we can bring more fight to New Haven. There were times in my life that were downhill, but my promoter, Jimmy Burchfield, stayed with me and he put this show together in my hometown. I ran into John Scully, a friend who is a real good trainer who picked up where Brian Clarke left off. I’m in shape all of the time. In training we do things you can’t believe – basketball and lots of sprints – to get in top shape. I lot of people may know my name, but they don’t know my face. Come April 1 they’ll know my face.”

Jason “Big Six” Estrada – “I’m not much for talking. I usually let these (fists) do my talking. I want to thank Chad for having me on his homecoming. It’s an honor fighting on his undercard; the kid can fight.”

Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard – “Come April 1 I’m hoping for a big crowd. I’m going to do what I have to do. It’s business, not the amateurs anymore.”

Matt Godfrey – “I’m getting to come here and fight on the undercard of Chad’s homecoming in front of a big crowd. The last (CES) fight, I couldn’t fight because of an injury. I was supposed to fight on the same card as my best friend, Jason Estrada, who made his pro debut. We’re going to do it this time. I’m friends with Matt. I see a lot of great things ahead. Someday we’re going to do a fight in Providence (his hometown) and I’ll be the main event, so this fight is like a job interview for me. I’ve been ready three weeks for this fight.”

Main Event - 10 Rounds WBC Youth Middleweight Championship: Chad Dawson—Efrain Garcia
Co-feature - 8 Rounds Joey Spina vs. TBA
Special Attraction – 4 Rounds Heavyweights: Jason Estrada—Jerry Lee Simpson
Undercard – 6 Rounds Cruiserweights: Matt Godfrey-TBA
4 Rounds Featherweights: Matt Remillard-Arlington Paddy
4 Rounds Super Middleweights Joe Rea-Keith Sonley
***Plus 4 amateur matches***

Doors Open at 6 PM, first bout at 7 PM
(all bouts and fighters subject to change)

“Homecoming” will be taped live and air on “Guilty Fight Night” (check television listings) and CN8, The Comcast Network.

Guilty Productions, along with its parent company, Guilty Boxing, annually provides a minimum of 48 episodes of “Guilty Fight Night,” shown in more than 100-million households worldwide via America One and The Urban Network in the U.S., Fox Sports International in the Middle East and portions of Africa, BEN Television in Great Britain and Ireland, and other cable outlets.

CN8, The Comcast Network will broadcast “Homecoming” on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 PM/ET to 6.4 million homes from Maine to Maryland. CN8’s coverage of “Homecoming” will also be available on Comcast Digital Cable’s ‘ON DEMAND” service and online at

Article posted on 08.03.2005

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