Veteran fighter Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Brewer and Young’s MMA in Bangor has agreed to a multifight contract with the Maine-based New England Fights promotion.
As part of the deal, Boyington will compete for the Maine lightweight championship at NEF XIV this summer against an opponent to be determined based on results of the NEF XIII show scheduled for May 10 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
The 18-fight NEF XIII card will include three professional lightweight bouts, with Jon Lemke (3-1) against Devin Powell (2-1), Jesse Erickson (2-2) against John Daniels (2-2) and Ryan Cowette (2-2) against Tollison Lewis.
“Bruce [Boyington] is one of the most popular and exciting fighters in New England,” said NEF MMA co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “We’re so proud and fortunate to have him on board with us for years to come. The fans in Maine can relish in the fact that Bruce will remain a fixture on NEF cards for a long time.”
Boyington (6-7) won the Cage FX lightweight (155-pound) title April 12 with a unanimous-decision victory over Ruslan Khubejashvili of Norwood, Mass., in the main event of “CFX 24: Unfiltered” at the sold-out Dorchester (Mass.) Armory.
The Old Town High School graduate suffered a broken bone in his right hand during that fight and subsequently underwent surgery, meaning he won’t be available to compete on NEF’s May card.
Boyington said he expects to return to the cage this summer.
“The Pretty Boy has many fans not just in the crowd, but in the NEF head office as well,” said NEF MMA co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson. “NEF is getting ready to expand right now and there are big things in the works. As plans come to fruition, Bruce and his teammates at Young’s will be an integral part of our expansion.”
Boyington, a taekwondo specialist, rejoins a deep professional lightweight division in NEF MMA that also includes Lemke, Erickson and Cowette.
“Having re-signed with NEF … I feel like I’m at exactly the right place at exactly the right time,” said Boyington. “I have been treated really good by many, but ultimately NEF is at the top of that list and they have gone above and beyond taking care of me and that’s all any of us local fighters could hope for.”
The NEF XIII main event will be a battle for the Maine welterweight title between champion Gil de Freitas (15-5) and Brewer’s “The” Ryan Sanders (6-4).