“Homecoming” Presser: Chad Dawson—Efrain Garcia

14.03.05 – A press conference for “Homecoming,” the April 1 Pro-Am boxing show in New Haven, was held today at Dave & Buster’s in Providence. “Homecoming” is co-promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) and Guilty Boxing, in association with the New Haven Athletic Center and CN8, The Comcast Network..

“Homecoming” will be taped live and air on “Guilty Fight Night” (check television listings) and 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

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.

Tickets are priced at (SOLD OUT) $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 – “There were times when I didn’t think Jimmy could do this, but he did it (hold a show in New Haven)and I’m excited about the whole card. Training has been going real good. I ran some tough hills today and by legs are burning. Providence is my second home and whenever I’ve fought here I’ve been comfortable. The people here have always shown me a lot of love.”

Joey “KO Kid” Spina (via phone from Las Vegas): “I’m really excited about coming home to fight in my first co-feature. It’s a big step up. I’m in tip-top shape training out here (Las Vegas). It’s an honor to be on Chad’s card. I’ll try to get in a few rounds, show some head movement, but the bottom line is this guy’s going to sleep.”

Jason “Big Six” Estrada – “It’s crazy to watch Peter (Manfredo, Jr.) and Jeff (Fraza) on TV (“The Contenders) and now they’re up here with us. There are a lot of good fights on this show.”

Matt Godfrey – “Chad is an incredible fighters and there’s going to be a lot of press on him fighting at home. I’m good inside the ring; I don’t have to tell you. I’m glad to be fighting on the same card as Jason, the future heavyweight champion of the world. I train every day with Peter Manfredo, Jr. and his work ethic is unmatched. We’ve all trained together (Manfredo, Estrada and Godfrey) for about 10 years. Hopefully, I’ll show everyone what I’ve shown in my first six fights. I’m going to be passing out pillows to everybody to be thrown in the ring for my opponent when he takes a nap.”

Joe “Sugar” Rea – “This is the first time I’ve had a real promoter (Jimmy Burchfield) behind me and I’m looking forward to bigger and better things this year.”

Article posted on 14.03.2005

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