The fight card for the Sept. 8, 2018, New England Fights (NEF) “Wicked Season” mixed martial arts event is almost ready. The MMA event will take place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. Several local fighters are ready to compete.
Among the scheduled bouts is a lightweight battle that was announced on July 23. This fight marks the return of the undefeated Josh Harvey to the cage. Harvey fights out of Young’s MMA in Bangor. He returns to the cage after a 16-month sabbatical due to an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury.
Harvey has won all four of his professional bouts by first-round stoppage – two by knockout and two by submission. He will face Jay Ellis who is a Wisconsin-based journeyman. He has fought over 90 professional fights.
Harvey stated, “I’m excited to display the improvements I’ve made since my last fight.”
Lightweights Aaron Lacey and Jon Lemke will also face off on Sept. 8, along with NEF middleweight champion C.J. Ewer and Caleb Hall. This will be a non-title welterweight fight.
Matt Peterson, NEF co-owner and matchmaker, believe the Ewer-Hall match will garner significant fireworks.
No one is lining up to fight Caleb Hall right now except C.J. Ewer. C.J. is never one to shy away from a challenge – he’s been that way throughout his wrestling, fighting, and professional careers. This fight is all thrills. If Caleb can topple C.J., that’s another major step for him toward the big show.
As a professional, Lacey (5-2), has not fought above the featherweight division. In 2014, Lacey defeated Dom Confone in a 150-pound catchweight fight.
Lacey is looking to rebound after his bout with featherweight prospect Da’Mon Blackshear ended with a unanimous decision, on June 16, in Portland, Maine.
Lemke is a member of the Titan Athletics gym in Brewer. He has fought on 11 previous NEF cards, which includes his victory over Jesse Erickson in front of a nationally televised audience on the NEF co-promoted Bellator 93 event in Lewiston that took place in 2013.
Lemke won two of his last three bouts, which included his second victory over Erickson in February 2017. Most recently he lost by unanimous decision against Josh LaBerge in Rhode Island in October.
Ewer won the NEF middleweight title and now wants to bounce back from his first professional defeat in February. He sought to become a two-division champion but lost the fight for the welterweight title to Kemran Lachinov by first-round submission.
Young serves with the U.S. Air Force security forces. He has a 3-1 professional record going into his fight against Hall.
Hall is a former two-time state wrestling champion. He is also a one-time title holder as an amateur featherweight fighter. As an amateur, his record was 8-3. Hall made his professional debut in April when he had a first-round stoppage against veteran John Ortolani.
The NEF “Wicked Season” will begin Sept. 8 and as the card continues to fill it promises to not disappoint MMA fans in New England.
By Jeanette Smith
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