Matt Remillard's Ring Comeback No April Fool's Joke
The long trip back begins April 1st for Matt "Sharp Shooter"
Remillard, 12 years to the day from his professional debut,
on the "New England's Future 2" show at the Palladium in
Remillard (23-1, 13 KOs), fighting out of Manchester,
Connecticut, hasn't boxed for the six years, due to him
serving a five-year prison sentence. He takes on Lawrence
(MA) lightweight Augustine "Ruthless" Mauras (6-1-3, 3 KOs)
in the eight-round co-feature. If their tense, near volatile
stare-down at a recent press conference is a true
indication, Remillard vs. Mauras is not going the distance,
to put things mildly.
New England's Future 2" is presented by Rivera Promotions
Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired
three-time, two division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera
and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera.
"I am excited to have a boxer of Remillard's caliber on our
'New England's Future 2' boxing event," promoter Jose
Antonio Rivera remarked. "He has a tough match against
August time Mauras for his first fight back. Knowing
Remillard, though, he wouldn't have it any other way. I want
to thank Matt, Paul Cichon (head trainer) and their team for
trusting Rivera Promotions Entertainment for Matt's first
boxing match back from his long layoff."
Remillard is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) United
States & Youth World, North American Boxing Federation (NABF)
and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion.
His lone pro loss came in his last fight, March 23, 2011 in
Atlantic City to then rising star Mikey Garcia (24-0), when
Remillard retired after 11 rounds. He won't make excuses;
however, he never should have taken the fight with Garcia,
facing the impending court case that sent him to prison and
working with a new head trainer he'd only met two weeks
prior to the fight.
"I'm confident I can get back to where I was in about a
year," the 30-year-old Remillard said. "A dream come true
would be a rematch with Garcia, at any weight, but I have to
earn that shot. Everybody wants a rematch with the guy who
gave you the first loss. It seldom happens but, if not, in
time I believe there will be other big fights out there for
"I'm fighting an opponent who fought by buddy, Chip Perez,
three times (0-2-1), so I'm familiar with his style. He
doesn't back down. I don't expect him to back down against
me...until he feels my power. I'm going to take out those
five years that I was away on him. I've been through so much
the last six year but I'm most comfortable in the gym. The
past is past and this is my last run. Paul and I have a lot
of unfinished business to take care of."
Seventeen years ago, Chicon first met Remillard at the
Manchester PAL gym, but he made the 13-year-old aspiring
boxer earn his opportunity to be trained. Paul made Matt
clean the bathrooms, take care of spit buckets, etc. before
he started training him.
"When he returned to the gym a few months back, I saw that
his work ethic hadn't faded," Cichon commented. "I don't
believe he's really that far away from where he was six
years ago. He was idle five years but his first day back he
sparred 12 rounds. He stayed in good physical shape and is
hungrier than ever. He thinks he has something to prove
after his last fight, but he really doesn't have anything to
prove to me or anybody else. He is fighting a tough kid but
Matt's going to be victorious. I think in four or five more
fights he'll be back where he was in boxing."
Pembroke (MA) cruiserweight Vinnie "American Nightmare"
Carita (15-1-1, 14 KOs will headline against Brazilian KO
specialist Gilberto Matheus "El Magico" Domingos (22-6, 20
KOs), the former South American light heavyweight champion,
in the eight-round main event.
Dorchester (MA) heavyweight Donnie "Big Nasty" Palmer
(8-1-1, 7 KOs) faces unbeaten Quian Davis (4-0-2, 2 KOs), of
Mays Landing (NJ), in a four-round bout.
2016 New England Golden Gloves champion Anthony Laureano
(2-0, 1 KO), fighting out of East Hartford (CT), meets
Schenectady (NY) veteran Bryan "The Brick" Abraham (6-23-1,
6 KOs) in a six-round match.
Fighting on the undercard in four round bouts are Worcester
cruiserweight Bryan Daniels (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Mexican invader
Jose Humberto "Olympico" Corall (19-23, 12 KOs), Worcester
featherweight Ranse Andino (1-0) vs. Mike Hellenfinger
(0-2), of Harrisburg (PA), three-time USA Boxing Nationals
champion Elvis Figueroa, of New Haven (CT) makes his pro
debut vs. Brazilian super middleweight Devision Robiero
(0-3), Worcester welterweight Andy Gonzalez (5-1, 5 KOs) vs.
Brockton's Antonio Chavez Fernandes (7-30-4, 2 KOs), 2014
N.E. Golden Gloves champion, Lawrence junior welterweight
Adrian Sosa (2-0, 1 KO) vs. TBA), Worcester's pro-debuting
super middleweights Neal Sullivan vs. Nathan Schulte,
Springfield (MA) junior middleweight Derrick Whitley vs.
Anthony Everett (104), of Lawrence, pro-debuting Springfield
featherweight Luis "Pancho" Santiago vs. Alex Montes (1-2),
of Lawrence, and unbeaten Manchester (CT) junior
welterweight "Marvelous" Mykqyan Williams (5-0, 3 K0s) vs.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first bout 7 p.m. ET.