New England Fights announced this week a 14-fight combination of boxing and mixed martial arts contests for NEF 25, which will be held Sept. 10 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
NEF 25 will be the promotion’s second show in a month after a sold-out crowd of 1,200 turned out to watch NEF Presents “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” on Aug. 5 at the grand ballroom of the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Among the scheduled highlights of NEF 25 will be two amateur MMA title bouts, one matching champion against champion.
That bout pits NEF amateur bantamweight champion Johnny Crafts (4-0) against Caleb Hall (7-3) for Hall’s featherweight crown.
Hall was a two-time wrestling state champion for Dirigo High School of Dixfield who went on to wrestle for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and the University of Southern Maine.
Crafts is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt based at Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Lewiston who hopes to become the first competitor to simultaneously hold two NEF championships in two different weight divisions.
The second title fight has Rafael Velado (3-0) against Jimmy Jackson (3-2) for the vacant NEF MMA amateur lightweight title.
Five professional MMA bouts will include a rematch between veteran lightweights Jesse “The Viking” Erickson (7-5) and Jon Lemke (5-6).
Lemke, who trains out of Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer, won the earlier meeting via first-round stoppage at Bellator 93 on March 21, 2013, in Lewiston.
The Lemke-Erickson rematch was supposed to take place in Bangor last month but was postponed after Erickson suffered a training-camp injury.
The show also will feature three women’s MMA bouts, including a 125-pound professional battle between Valerie “Valociraptor” Aspaas and Invicta 16 veteran Sarah “SwitchKick” Click.
Among three scheduled boxing matches, undefeated North Anson native Brandon Montella (4-0) will meet Tollison Lewis in a four-round light-heavyweight contest while middleweight John Webster will return on the eve of his 48th birthday to battle Zenon Herrera at 160 pounds and Casey Kramlich will face John Ortolani in a 155-pound bout.