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November 17, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (November 13, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its next event, "NEF XX: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE" on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  The event will feature a first for Maine - mixed-martial-arts (MMA) bouts and professional boxing bouts on the same event with an MMA cage and a boxing ring set up side-by-side.  In a featured professional welterweight MMA bout, Crowsneck Boutin (1-1) will meet Matt Bordonaro (2-0) at a fight weight of 170-pounds.

It will not be the first meeting between Lubec, Maine-native Boutin and Buffalo, New York's Bordonaro.  The two faced each other as amateurs at "NEF IX" in Biddeford, Maine.  Bordonaro came away with the victory that warm summer night in 2013, submitting Boutin in the first round.

“I'm very thankful for this opportunity to fight Matt again,” said Boutin.  “Bordanaro is a tough fighter that is game to go the distance, which are the kind of fights I've grown to enjoy the most - wars that push us to the edge as athletes and competitors. Exciting the fans means everything.  With my body and mind where they need to be, I'm ready to finish this year with a bloody war.  I want to earn that ‘W.’”

After a successful professional debut this past summer, Boutin would drop his second professional bout to Mike Hansen (3-2).  Not satisfied with the outcome of the first fight, Boutin has requested a rematch with Hansen next year.

"In 2016, I would appreciate a rematch with Mike Hansen," stated Boutin.  "I don't care what weight. I really want that fight back, and if he isn't scared, he'll stop making excuses and lock on."

Boutin cut his teeth on the New England amateur MMA circuit prior to turning professional.  He competed in a total of thirteen amateur contests to gain experience in the sport.  In 2014, at the close of his amateur career, Boutin was voted the “Fighter of the Year” by NEF fans after putting together an impressive 3-0 record with the promotion that year.  He rode that win streak into the pro ranks where he downed veteran Ryan Cowette (2-3) at “NEF XVIII.”  Boutin notes the stark difference between competing as an amateur and competing as a professional.

“Each level presents its own particular challenges, both inside and outside the cage, but fighting professionally bears with it greater risks and greater rewards, I feel. Everyone is someone that can potentially hurt you and steal your glory, not to say that those cats don't exist at the amateur level, because they do, but perhaps fewer and further in-between, and with safer rules and restrictions.”

The upcoming fight with Bordonaro will be Boutin's first in the 170-pound welterweight division.  Having spent most of his career competing as a light-heavyweight and a middleweight, Boutin hopes to find a home, at least for the foreseeable future, in the lighter welterweight division.

“Cutting weight is a bit of a pisser, but making 170 on the 20th (November 20 - weigh-in day for the Bordonaro fight) won't be an issue. I'm a professional and will continue to evolve.  It's what we're here to do.  55 (the 155-pound lightweight division) is not outside the realm of possibility, but for now and probably for a little while, I just want to focus on the welterweight division. We'll see what the future holds.”

What might be the most exciting aspect of "NEF XX" for Boutin is getting to compete on the same card with two of his Choi Institute teammates, Caleb Hall (5-3) and Ernesto Ornelas (0-0).  Ornelas, an accomplished amateur boxer previously, will be making his professional boxing debut that evening after having competed in MMA for the past four years.  The three teammates have not fought on the same card together since “NEF VII” in May 2013.

“Ernesto and Caleb are both looking outstanding,” said Boutin.  “We all push ourselves and one another hard in training. Caleb evolves noticeably almost week to week and works like a horse, while Ernesto, I honestly feel, is a hidden gem that everybody is about to see shine.  3-0.”

New England Fights' next event, "NEF XX: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE," takes place on November 21, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  The event will mark the first time in Maine history a mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event and a professional boxing event have taken place together on the same show.  Tickets for "NEF XX" start at just $25 and are on sale now at or by calling the Colisée box office at 207.783.2009 x 525.  For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at  In addition, you can watch NEF videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”