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March 9, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (March 8, 2017) - New England Fights (NEF) presents its next mixed-martial-arts event "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE" on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional featherweight bout to the card.  Josh "Hook On" Harvey (3-0) will meet Eric "Money" Mendiola (2-1) at a fight weight of 145-pounds.

Harvey, the former NEF amateur division lightweight champion, is undefeated to date since making his professional debut last spring.  With a solid amateur boxing background, as well as the pedigree of a two-time Maine state wrestling champion, matchmakers have had difficulty in finding opponents willing to step into the cage with him.  The Young's MMA prospect has displayed both devastating knockout power and slick submission skills throughout his career thus far.  Most recently, Harvey submitted Richie Collingham (3-4) last month at "NEF 27."

"'Money' and I are the type of fight that takes the spotlight, and I know it's one that people will be talking about for a long time," remarked Harvey on the upcoming fight.  "I'm prepared for war in this kill-or-be-killed contest."

Mendiola, a product of Mohawk Valley MMA in the Utica, New York area, will make his first appearance in the NEF cage on April 29, but he is far from a newcomer to the sport of MMA.  He had more than twenty amateur fights prior to turning pro in 2015.  Mendiola has built a reputation as a knockout artist.  After numerous knockout finishes in the amateur ranks, Mendiola put the lights out for his first two pro opponents, both in under a minute.  He will look to rebound from his first loss as a pro last fall.

"I'm a different kind of focused for this fight, mentally and physically," stated Mendiola when reached for comment.  "Harvey looks like a tough kid with a good record, and I'm up for the challenge. I have a bad taste in my mouth from a couple of months ago, and I'm coming to lay it all on the line and showcase all of my skills. Let's get to it!"

New England Fights returns to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE," on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Tickets are on sale now at the Colisee box office 207-783-2009 x 525 and online at

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 the promotion on Twitter and Instagram @nefights, and join the official Facebook group "New England Fights."