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December 10, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (December 9, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its next event, "NEF 21: THE IMMORTALS" on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  The fight card is scheduled to feature both mixed-martial-arts (MMA) and professional boxing bouts.  Earlier today, NEF announced the first professional boxing match officially signed for the "NEF 21" fight card.  Joel "Baby Bull" Bishop (0-0-1) will meet Crowsneck Boutin (0-0) in a four-round light-heavyweight contest.

Joel Bishop is a 2004 graduate of Upper Kennebec Valley Senior High School in Bingham, Maine.  It was during high school that Bishop began boxing.  He put together an amateur boxing record of 10-4, and in 2009 won the New England Tournament of Champions Heavyweight Sub Novice championship.  Bishop has twice made it to the finals of the Northern New England Golden Gloves.  In October 2014, Bishop made his professional debut against another NEF MMA regular, Jarod Lawton (0-0-1) and fought to a draw in Lewiston in what was a back-and-forth slugfest.

"I'm very excited to get back in the ring at NEF 21," exclaimed Bishop.  "I was at the last dual show and there was a ton of energy and excitement.  On February 6th, I'll be fighting a very tough, active fighter in Crowsneck Boutin, and I will do my best to give the fans an exciting bout."

Crowsneck Boutin is a mainstay of the NEF roster, having competed in no less than 14 of the promotion's previous MMA events as both an amateur and a professional.  In 2014, he was voted "Fighter of the Year" by the NEF fans after going undefeated with three wins that year.  Boutin will be making his professional boxing debut at "NEF 21," but he will undoubtedly be prepared for the task, training under boxing coach Jon Pinette, an international boxing champion himself, at the Choi Institute in Portland, Maine.

"Very thankful, very fortunate for this opportunity," said Boutin.  "Joel is a tough opponent, but it isn't my intention to let this fight reach the scorecards. It will be my pleasure to stand and gun."

New England Fights' next event, "NEF 21: THE IMMORTALS," takes place Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  Tickets for "NEF 21" 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.”