WORCESTER, Mass. - Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE) held a press conference last night at Ballot Box in Worcester (MA) to formally announce its April 1st "New England's Future 2" show at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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.
Pembroke (MA) cruiserweight Vinnie "American Nightmare" Carita (15-1-1, 14 KOs will headline against Brazilian knockout artist Gilberto Matheus "El Magico" Domingos (22-6, 20 KOs), the former South American light heavyweight champion, in the eight-round main event. Carita, like promoter Rivera, is a court officer in Brockton (MA) and Worcester, respectively.
Manchester (CT) lightweight Matt "Sharp Shooter" Remillard (23-1, 13 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in six years facing Augustine "Ruthless" Mauras (6-1-3, 3 KOs), of Lawrence (MA), In the eight-round co-feature,
Dorchester (MA) heavyweight Donnie "Big Nasty" Palmer (8-1-1, 7 KOs) meets Alando Pugh (1-10-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout. Bradley was shot in the stomach last summer by his sister's abusive boyfriend.
2016 New England Golden Gloves champion Anthony Laureano (2-0, 1 KO), fighting out of East Hartford (CT), takes on veteran Bryan "The Brick" Abraham (6-23-1, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout.
Fighting on the undercard in four round matches are Worcester cruiserweight Bryan Daniels (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Tracey Johnson (4-5-4, 1 KO), of Boston, 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 Gonzales (5-1, 5 KOs) vs. pro-debuting Irving Veloz, 2014 N.E. Golden Gloves champion, Lawrence junior welterweight Adrian Sosa (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Jimmy Rosario (2-4, 1 KO), pro-debuting super middleweights Neal Sullivan, of Worcester, 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. TBA..
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, priced at $65.00 (ringside) and $35.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at www.ThePalladium.net or the Palladium box office (general admission only), or by contacting Jose Rivera (email@example.com/508.864.6954), AJ Rivera (firstname.lastname@example.org/774.272.2269) or any of the fighters. A portion of the proceeds will go to Make A Change Inc.
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first bout 7 p.m. ET.
Sponsors include Lundgren Honda, Championsofhealth.usana.com, TKO Auto Repair, John Young Tree Service and Royal Cleanup.
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Vinnie Carita: "I saw the last (RPE) show and it was great. I'm happy to be on this show. This is a great show with a lot of New England talent. There's going to be fireworks!"
Matt Remillard: "I was at (RPE's) last fight and it sold out. That's awesome. They're making boxing better, not only in Worcester, but throughout New England. April 1, 2005, I turned pro. I never fought in Worcester before. It's a great atmosphere. This has been a long time coming, six years I'm going to punish him for. It will not go the distance, I can promise that. He won't recognize himself after the fight. After I knock him down, I hope he gets back up because I want to punish him. This isn't a game. I'm in the hurt business."
Augustine Mauras: "I truly thank Matt Remillard for fighting somebody like me. I'm not an easy cookie. He's going to be in the toughest fight of his life. I'm going to put you (Remillard) on his ass. I'm here to fight this man! It's going to be a helluva fight."
Jose Antonio Rivera, CEO/promoter: "I appreciate the support we received for our last show and we're looking ahead to booking our next show in June. I can't really say anything about that, yet. I want to thank our sponsors. My roots are here in Worcester and that's why so many of the fighters on this show are from here. We aren't signing fighters, just giving them a platform to fight. We're happy, right now, helping to provide them with a platform to go on to bigger and better things. Rivera Promotions Entertainment hopes to move fighters and allow them to showcase their skills. We're very happy about this show. Remillard versus Mauras alone is worth the price of admission."
Anthonee Rivera, President/matchmaker: "It's been a lot of fun for us so far. We're proud to bring boxing back to New England. There are a lot of great fighters on our April 1st card with top prospects, former Golden Gloves champs, top fighters like Matt Remillard and future world champions. All of these guys took the opponents they were offered, no cherry-picking, and that shows what kind of fighters they really are. We have 13 fights and don't blink during any one of them."
Bryan Daniels: "I'm a student of Worcester boxing and Jose Rivera was the most established fighter. He came from nothing to become world champion. Never in a million years did I think I'd be fighting on his card. I'm humbled. I was hoping to get an opponent with experience to bring the best out of me. This will be my first time fighting in Worcester to showcase my skills. I'm originally from Illinois but Worcester has a lot to offer, including Rivera Promotions Entertaining giving us a platform."
Anthony Laureano: "I'm very thankful to be fighting on another Rivera Promotions Entertainment card. They did an awesome job last show and I'm grateful to be fighting again on their card. This will be a big test. Rivera Promotions gave me a platform to be signed by Star Boxing. Jose Rivera was a fighter and he knows what we need."
Ranse Andino: "I have a fulltime job, go to the gym, and take care of my son. I want to thank Rivera Promotions Entertainment for allowing me to fight. I also want to thank Carlos Garcia, he's the man! Jose's been my idol since I first stepped into the gym."
Neal Sullivan: "I grew up with AJ and Jose has always been good to me. I wouldn't be fighting if I didn't trust them. They look out for fighters. I'm a student of the game and know the history of Worcester boxing. I look forward to bringing it April 1st."
Derrick Whitley: "My father was a professional boxer and I've been around boxing my whole life watching him. This is my time, the beginning of my journey."
Luis Santiago: "I want to thank Rivera Promotions Entertainment this opportunity. I've been ready since the last show (his opponent failed the pre-fight medical exam) and haven't stopped working. April 1st will be the start of my pro career. It's going to b e a great show and I'm going to end-up with a win."
Mykqyan Williams: "I'm very excited. Training camp has been excellent. Matt (Remillard) and myself have helped each get ready. I'm looking forward to putting on a good show."
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