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August 30, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

New England Fights (NEF) will make its long-awaited debut in Portland on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Aura with "NEF 31: The Old Port."  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional mixed-martial-arts bout to the card.  Josh Parker (6-9) will meet "The Blackpool Ripper" Matt Probin (0-0) in a featherweight matchup.

Josh Parker is the founder and head coach of Ruthless MMA & Boxing.  A two-sport athlete, Parker has split his professional career between the MMA cage and the boxing ring.  He has won two of his last three fights for NEF, most recently dominating Andre Belcarris (0-2) for three rounds on his way to a unanimous decision victory in June.  Parker will look to continue his winning ways when he meets Probin on November 3rd.

"I want to thank NEF for making this fight," said Parker when reached for comment. "I'm excited to get back in there. We recently expanded Ruthless and moved to a new location. Our team keeps growing and they are pushing me every day. I look forward to putting on a show on November 3rd."

Originally from Blackpool, England and now a Maine resident, Matt Probin divides his training between Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Young's MMA.  Probin went 6-2 over the course of his amateur MMA career.  While Probin has not competed in MMA in more than three years, he has been active as a professional boxer and kickboxer in recent years.  In 2016, Probin had a stint training Muay Thai in Thailand where he competed at the world famous Bangla Boxing Stadium - one of Thailand's most venerated fight venues.

"I'm pumped for this fight," declared Probin.  "I don't think I've ever been this excited about fighting someone before. Thanks to NEF for making it happen. I guarantee this fight will not go the distance. I respect his game and experience, but that's it. I'm coming out with bad intentions. Don't blink!"

NEF's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 31: The Old Port," will see the company debut in Portland, Maine at the brand new, state-of-the-art venue Aura.  The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 3, 2017.  Tickets are on sale now at