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February 4, 2020




Portland, Maine (January 27, 2020) - New England Fights (NEF) will hold its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF 42: Symphony of Destruction," on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.  Last Friday, NEF announced the full fight card for the event with 24 bouts scheduled to take place.  Earlier today, the fight promotion confirmed a 25th fight for the card.  Nate “Backpack” Boucher (0-0) will meet Chris Caterino (3-3) at a catchweight of 140 pounds.

 Boucher was originally scheduled to face Norman Fox (0-1) in his pro debut.  Fox, after initially calling out Boucher on social media to accept a fight with him in the professional ranks, pulled out of the contest in the days leading up to the fight card announcement.  Boucher, who most recently held the NEF Amateur Flyweight Championship with an amateur record of 6-3, was determined to make his pro debut at “NEF 42” despite the Fox pullout.  NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson was able to quickly confirm a replacement opponent in the form of Caterino.

 “I was incredibly disappointed when Norman pulled out against me—especially considering all the smack he talked to get the fight in the first place—but what a relief that I’ll still be able to be part of such a groundbreaking, historic NEF card,” said Boucher. “I’m so grateful that I get to make my pro debut in such a beautiful venue as the Merrill Auditorium. Respect to Chris for stepping up on short notice to take this bout. I will be doubling down in my preparation efforts during the next two weeks to make a statement on February 8th and leave no doubts that I belong in the pro ranks with the best in the region.”

 Chris Caterino is a longtime veteran of the New England MMA scene, having made his amateur debut in 2010.  Although he is taking the fight on short notice, Caterino has been very active of late and will, no doubt, be prepared for Boucher.  One week ago, Caterino submitted Joey Sanchez (0-4) in the first round of a bout in New Hampshire.  It was his third fight in a nine-month stretch.  Caterino represents Gate City MMA of Nashua, New Hampshire where he trains with New England MMA legend Nuri Shakir (18-21).

 “I’m excited to make my NEF debut,” said Caterino. “I look forward to a great night and plan on getting the ‘W.’”

 New England Fights' next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 42: Symphony of Destruction," will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. Tickets are on sale now at