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August 14, 2023



 Portland, Maine (August 8, 2023) – New England Fights and Boston Boxing Promotions present “NEF 54: A Fight at the Opera” on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.  A full pro boxing card will take place beginning at 5 pm immediately followed by a full MMA card.  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur MMA welterweight championship bout to the card.  David Burke (3-1) is scheduled to meet Devin Corson (4-1) for the vacant 170-pound strap.

The title was previously held by Kyle Hill (4-0) who vacated the belt on his decision to turn pro earlier this year.  As Hill’s teammate at Nostos MMA in Somersworth, New Hampshire, Burke will look to keep the title in the Nostos camp.  All three of Burke’s previous wins have come by way of first-round stoppage.  He is a perfect 2-0 in the NEF cage with victories over David McCarty (1-4) and Ryan Fredette (0-1) last year at “NEF 47” and “NEF 48” respectively. Burke trains under UFC veteran and former NEF Pro Lightweight Champion Devin Powell.

“I can’t wait to be back at home in the NEF cage,” noted Burke. “It’s been too long since I’ve been able to do what I do in front of the Maine fight fans. Get ready for a good one!”

Devin Corson is coming off a big win over former welterweight title challenger Curtis Ouellette (3-5) earlier this year at “NEF 51.”  He has won his last three in a row dating back to 2019. He currently represents Titan Athletics based in Brewer, Maine.

“I am grateful to be in this position and to have the opportunity to win a belt against a tough opponent,” said Corson when reached for comment.

“NEF 54: A Fight at the Opera” takes place on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine.  A professional boxing card will be presented first by Boston Boxing Promotions immediately followed by an MMA card by New England Fights.  Doors are scheduled to open at 4 pm with first fight taking place at 5 pm.  Tickets to “NEF 54” are available now at