LEWISTON, Maine — West Forks boxer Brandon “The Cannon” Berry will face the toughest challenge of his young pro boxing career when he takes on Pittsburgh boxer Eric Palmer to headline New England Fights’ inaugural boxing event Saturday, Oct. 11.
NEF announced its eight-bout card Monday slated for the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, the first pro boxing event in Lewiston in more than 10 years.
Berry (7-0) will take on Palmer (4-3-3) in a six-round bout for the Northeast Junior Welterweight title.
Palmer is the 2012 Toughman Lightweight Champion of West Virginia. He is more experienced and has more wins than all of Berry’s previous opponents combined.
Berry is coming off a first-round technical knockout victory over Theo Desjardin in Manchester, New Hampshire, last week.
The co-main event of the night will see undefeated Lewiston junior middleweight Stevie Gamache (4-0) fighting as a professional for the first time ever in his hometown against Akron, Ohio, veteran Damon Antoine in a four-round matchup. Gamache is the son of former WBA Super Featherweight and WBA Lightweight World Champion Joey Gamache.
“This isn’t some amateur boxing card with a few pro fights thrown on top,” NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo said in the release. “This is an all-pro card with several really well-matched fights. Our matchmakers have put a lot of thought into the bouts on this card.”
The card will also feature the pro boxing debuts of two mixed martial arts fighters, Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Brewer, the current NEF MMA lightweight champion, and Nate Charles of Windham.
Another six-round bout features junior middleweights Brandon Brewer (11-0-1) of Fredericton, New Brunswick vs. Saul Almeida (16-5) of Framingham, Massachusetts.
The four, four-round fights will be: super middleweights Joel Bishop vs. Jarod Lawton; light heavyweights John Webster of Portland vs. John Downey; heavyweights Nick Cyr of Quincy, Massachusetts vs. Antonio Assermelly of Hopkinton, R.I. (4 rounds) and lightweights James Carville of Lisbon vs. Johnny Frazier of Atlanta.