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July 4, 2023



 Portland, Maine (June 30, 2023) – New England Fights returns to Merrill Auditorium in Portland with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, “NEF 53: American Valor,” on Saturday, July 8, 2023.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional welterweight bout to the card.  Kyle Hill (0-0) is set to take on Cornelius Williams (0-0) in a double pro debut at 170 pounds.

Kyle Hill will make his pro debut in the fight.  Hill had a perfect amateur record of 4-0 with three finishes and one decision.  He captured the NEF Amateur Welterweight Championship with a technical knockout win in the third round over Curtis Ouellette (3-5) at “NEF 48” in the summer of 2022.  Hill represents Nostos MMA based in Somersworth, New Hampshire where he trains under UFC veteran and former NEF Pro Lightweight Champion Devin Powell (10-5).

“I’m excited to make my pro debut,” said Hill. “It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but I’m really just putting my foot through the door.  But don’t get it twisted, I’m ready. I teach, train, eat and sleep. This is my life and I’ve been training like a professional for years. July 8th I get to show you that this is not a game to me!”

Hill’s opponent, Cornelius Williams, will also be making his pro debut on July 8.  Williams represents Train to Go MMA & Fitness based in New York.

“NEF 53: American Valor” takes place on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine.  Doors are scheduled to open at 6 pm with first fight taking place at 7 pm.  Tickets to “NEF 53” are available now at