CES signs US amateur standout Matt Remillard
PROVIDENCE (January 25, 2005) – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. has signed decorated United States amateur boxer Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard to a promotional contract. The 18-year-old featherweight is scheduled to make his pro debut March 11 at Mohegan Sun, not far from his home in Manchester, Connecticut..
Article posted on 25.01.2005
“I’ve heard so many good things about Matt,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield said. “Although he’s young, Matt has the work ethic of an old-time fighter, always in the gym training. He has all the qualities of a future world champion and we’re very excited to have signed him.”
Remillard, rated No. 5 by USA Boxing at 125 pounds, had a 115-25 record as an amateur, including back-to-back gold medal performances in the last two Everlast Fran Jones Under-19 National Championships. He also finished third in last year’s National PAL Championships.
As an amateur Matt defeated highly rated national opponents such as Brandon Rios (now 2-0 as a pro), Danny Williams and John Jackson. Paul Cichon, who has coached Matt for five years, will remain in Remillard’s corner as head trainer. Matt has signed a three-year deal with famed manager Jackie Kallen, who last year had a movie based on her life in boxing (“Against the Ropes” starring Meg Ryan).
Kallen is involved in the making of “The Contender” reality boxing series with Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard. “Jimmy is very well respected in boxing and one of the big reasons we picked Jimmy to be Matt’s promoter is that I know his philosophy of boxing is similar to mine,” Kallen explained. “You have to teach and develop a fighter; not just protect him. Matt has a great team – promoter, manager and trainer. All of us have a lot of boxing knowledge and respect. Matt has a good future. He can build a strong following and become a draw, putting people in seats. I can’t wait to be at Mohegan Sun for his pro debut, March 11, in his home state”
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