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July 2, 2023



Portland, Maine (June 27, 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 an amateur light heavyweight bout to the card.  David McCarty (1-3) will take on Logan Bond (1-2) at a fight weight of 205 pounds.

A four-fight veteran of the NEF cage, David McCarty will officially compete in the light heavyweight division for the first time after floating between middleweight and heavyweight.  McCarty was impressive in his amateur debut against Danny Dray (0-1) at “NEF 45” in November 2021, knocking Dray out just 38 seconds into the first round.  He has been on a three-fight skid since and looking to get back in the win column.  McCarty represents Titan Athletics based in Brewer, Maine.

"We didn't really have much to go on with this one,” noted McCarty, “but I'm looking forward to getting back in the cage!”

Logan Bond will make his first appearance with NEF on July 8.  He has competed three times previously with three different regional promotions.  He is looking to rebound from a loss last spring on a fight card in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Bond represents Ascension Athletics based in Connecticut.

“I think I’m gonna have a swell ole’ time,” exclaimed Bond.  “And like David, I don’t have to cut to 185 this time! NEF has looked great to compete for, and I’ve heard only good things about them. Should be a good one!”

“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