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August 30, 2016



Lewiston, Maine (August 30, 2016) - The weight cut is regarded by many fighters as the most difficult part of preparing for a fight.  For Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (7-5), his weight cut was cut short Monday night in preparation for his upcoming bout at "NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS" next week.  Erickson was initially scheduled to take on Jon Lemke (5-6) in a rematch of their bout from Bellator 93.  The fight would have been at the lightweight limit of 155-pounds.  NEF executives, however, were informed Monday afternoon that Lemke had been injured in training and was out of the fight.

Enter Crowsneck Boutin (2-2).  The middleweight from the Choi Institute in Portland, Maine stepped in to fill the void left by Lemke's departure.  Boutin will take on Erickson at a catchweight of 180-pounds on September 10th.  For Erickson, the heavier limit means not just the end of his weight cut, but a chance to finally face Boutin in a showdown that has been some time in the making.

"It seems the stars have aligned for me and Crow to finally fight in the NEF cage," said Erickson.  "I'm thankful he took the fight and look forward to going to battle with him September 10th. Victory or Valhalla"

"Well, my buddy, Jim Bass, he's a workin' pumpin gas and he makes two-fifty for an hour," sang Boutin when reached for comment. "He's got rhythm in his hands as he's tappin' on the cans. Sings rock and roll in the shower."

New England Fights’ next event, “NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS,” takes place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  Tickets 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.”