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Brunson stops Cintron in classic Philly slugfest to win Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight crown


Brunson gets of the deck twice to drop Cintron three times in Fight of the Year Candidate

Wins by Vazquez, Ortiz, Conquest, Robinson, Clark, Bates & Nelson

Photo by Daryl Cobb

Philadelphia, PA (June 25  2017) -In a fight that exceeded it’s high expectations, Tyrone Brunson came back from two 4th round knockdowns to come back in the very next round to send former two-time world champion Kermit Cintron to the canvas three times, and win the Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight title via 5th round stoppage at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
The spectacular card was promoted by King’s Promotions.
“This was a tremendous fight, and all-around great card.  Some fight’s and cards don’t live up to the expectations, but the main was one of the great fights of this year.  I am proud of all the fighters who competed tonight, as they all brought their best, and it showed in quality of the fights,”said King’s Promotions CEO, Marshall Kauffman.
The fight was nip and tuck for the first three-plus rounds, as Cintron looked very sharp early as he landed some hard right hands in the opening frame.  Brunson came back and had a strong round two.  The fight was fought on event terms until round four, when Cintron
dropped Brunson with a perfectly timed left hand.  Later in the round, Brunson went down from an accumulation of punches on the ropes, and as the fourth round was finished, Brunson seemed just about done as well.
Brunson miraculously came back in round five and turned the tables on the former champ, as he landed a beautiful left that sent Cintron to the canvas.  Cintron, was hurt and theprodigious puncher, Brunson was ready to finish off Cintron.  Cintron never regained his legs and was sent to the canvas two more times, and referee Shawn Clark waved off the bout at1:21.
Brunson is now 25-6-2 with 23 knockouts.  Cintron of Reading, PA falls to 39-6-3.

In the co-Feature, Victor Vazquez won a six-round unanimous decision over Anthony Burgin in a super lightweight bout.

Vazquez dropped Burgin in round two from body, and he took the hotly contested battle by scores of 58-55 twice and 57-56.  Vazquez of Yonkers, NY is now 8-3.  Burgin of Philadelphia is now 10-4.

Steven Ortiz registered two knockdowns en-route to a thrilling six-round unanimous decision over Tyrome Jones in a battle of previously undefeated lightweights.
Ortiz scored knockdowns in rounds three and four in a bout where both guys landed some effective blows.
Ortiz of Philadelphia won by scores of 59-53 twice and 57-56 to remain perfect at 7-0.  Jones of South Bend, IN is now 4-1.
Jerome Conquest won a six-round decision over Jae Ho Kim in a lightweight bout.
Conquest was dropped with a left hook at the end of round three, but he controlled the action, and won by scores of 59-55, 58-55, and 57-56, and is now 8-2.  Kim of Philadelphia via South Korea is now 6-4-1.
Brandon Robinson dominated and took out Rafael Valencia at 2:48 of round two of their scheduled four round super middleweight bout.
Robinson landed a hard right that sent Valencia to the canvas.  Valencia got up, but deemed unable to continue at 2:48.
Robinson of Philadelphia is 4-1 with three knockouts.  Valencia of Medford, OR is 3-8-1.
Gregory Clark won a six-round unanimous decision over Daryl Bunting in a super middleweight bout.
Clark of Washington, DC won by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56, and is now 3-1-1.  Bunting of Asbury Park, NJ is 3-2-2.
Marcus Bates remained undefeated by winning a six-round unanimous decision over Roberto Pucheta in a bantamweight bout.
Bates of Washington, DC won by scores of 59-54, and 58-55 twice and is now 7-0-1.  Pucheta of Jalisco, MX is 10-12-1.
In a battle of undefeated heavyweights, Colby Madison and Joel Caudle battled to a majority draw.
Caudle took a card at 58-56, while two cards were even at 57-57.
Madison of Baltimore, MD is 4-0-1.  Caudle of Raleigh, NC is 7-0-1.
Chaise Nelson won a four-round unanimous over Jordan Peters in a super bantamweight bout.
Nelson of Mansfield, OH won by scores of 39-37 on all cards and is now 6-1.  Peters of Washington, DC is 2-1-1.

Unbeaten Taras Shelestyuk Tests Unblemished Mark Saturday, July 1 in Sacramento, CA.

ORANGE, Calif. (June 23, 2017) – Thompson Boxing Promotions heads to Northern California on Friday, July 1st to promote its first show in Sacramento starring unbeaten, Olympic bronze medalist Taras ‘The Real Deal” Shelestyuk (15-0, 9 KOs).
The highly ranked Shelestyuk (WBO No. 5) faces fellow welterweight Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (15-2, 11 KOs) in the “Locked n’ Loaded” 8-round main event from Omega Products International, an outdoor venue.
Shelestyuk vs. Rodriguez and the entire 8-bout card will be streamed live on TB Presents: Locked n’ Loaded. Watch the action on and Facebook Live beginning at 7:45 p.m. PST / 10:45 p.m. EST.
Tickets for “Locked n’ Loaded” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at, or by calling 714-935-0900.
Shelestyuk, 31, is coming off a unanimous decision win against Jaime Herrera in November. The fight, televised on SHOWTIME, had championship implications with Shelestyuk winning the WBO-NABO welterweight title.
The Ukrainian-born Shelestyuk, who now lives and trains in Los Angeles, had a decorated amateur career punctuated by winning a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
“I’m excited to fight in Sacramento,” said Shelestyuk, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. “I’ve been in the gym all year and can’t wait to put on a show next week.”
In the co-feature, standout amateur Ruben Villa (5-0, 3 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. looks to stay undefeated against Gino De La Paz (2-1, 1 KO) in a fight set for 6-rounds.
Villa has all the tools to become the next world champion at featherweight. He cleaned up the amateur ranks with back-to-back National Golden Gloves championships prior to turning professional last year. He inked a promotional contract with Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions last July and has been busy since then.
“I love being active,” said Villa, who is managed by Danny Zamora. “That was one of the main selling points in signing with Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. They assured me that I would be fighting frequently. I’m ready to get another win on my resume.”
“We are looking forward to a great night for Taras and Ruben,” said Artie Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions.  “Taras is on the cusp of big fights, and with a win over a tough fighter like Rodriguez should prepare him for that.  As for Ruben, he is coming along great, and on July 1st, he will yet again show why he is the one of the top prospects in Boxing.”
TB Presents: Locked n’ Loaded broadcast team consists of Beto Duran on play-by-play and Steve Kim provides expert, color commentary.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 7:45 p.m. Omega Products International is located at 8111 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95826 and can be reached at 916-635-3335.
“Locked n’ Loaded” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.
For more information, please visit To follow the conversation on social media, please use #LockednLoaded, #TBPresents, and #ThompsonBoxing.
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Baltimore Pro Boxing Returns July 13 with Tribute Card

For Immediate Release
Baltimore, MD (June 23, 2017) – Baltimore Pro Boxing will pay tribute to the late Murray “Bushwacker” Smith Sr. when they return to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD Thursday, July 13th for an exciting pro-am fight card.
$45 general admission, $65 ringside, $100 individual VIP seats and a limited number of $1,000 VIP tables of 10 are on sale now at or by calling 410-375-9175. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy food and drinks prior to the first fight. Doors open at 6:30 and the opening bell will sound at 8:30.
The father of Baltimore Boxing Owner Jake Smith, Murray Smith Sr. was a lifelong fixture in Baltimore and promoted various events. He passed away in 2013 after battling melanoma. Baltimore Boxing will honor him during the evening.
Headlining will be Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow against Sherman Artis in an eight round super middleweight contest.
Living and fighting out of Baltimore, Nicklow has an outstanding 26-8-3 record with 8 wins by knockout and is unbeaten in his home state of Maryland. He’s also traveled to face many of the world’s best including former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata and top ranked Sergiy Derevyanchenko among others. In January, Nicklow impressively outpointed previously unbeaten Chauncey Fields.
A Severn, MD native, Artis enters the bout riding a wave of confidence. On March 30, Artis knocked down previously unbeaten local favorite Steve Wheeler en route to a unanimous decision victory. Artis’ team is confident their fighter will defeat Nicklow then move onto bigger and better things.
Fast rising middleweight “Dangerous” Donald Wallace looks to rebound from a controversial draw in May but will have another tough task at hand when he meets Statesville, NC’s Shane Peterson. Wallace, 2-0-1 (1 KO), has received great praise locally for his development and Baltimore Boxing has high hopes for the 23-year-old. Peterson, 2-1 (2 KO’s), is fresh off a vicious first round stoppage of 4-0 Stephon Morris June 17 in Baltimore.
Wallace-Peterson is scheduled for four rounds.
Bantamweight standout Alexandru Marin is slated to see action in an eight round affair. Originally from Iasi, Romania and residing in Bethesda, MD, Marin is 13-0 with 9 KO’s. In June 2016, Marin scored a career best victory, knocking out once-beaten Johnny Determan in three rounds to capture the IBO International title.
Glenarden, MD junior welterweight Dravontay Speed Rawls, 8-0-1 (6 KO’s) will appear in a six round bout against iron-chinned fight veteran Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO.
Baltimore Junior lightweight Ernest Hall, 2-0 (1 KO) is stepping up to his first six rounder and will do so against an opponent to be named.
The card will also have amateur bouts including local standouts Brian “Bam Bam” Haenschlager, Clayton Frazier and Deshawn “Soulsnatcher” Chase. For more information, visit

FNU Combat Sports Show With Special Guest Richard Barrientes, Pound For Pound Boxing Gym Coach

Tom, Tony and Rich interview an up-and-coming Vegas boxing coach who is starting to make some real waves with his amateur and pro pupils. Richard Barrientes is obviously doing a great job with his students, and we had to know what his secret was. He points to “consistency” and “fundamentals” as the foundation for a great fighter, and he also puts a lot of work in every day to put his Las Vegas Pound 4 Pound gym on the world stage in a huge way. This was a fantastic interview with a man who obviously cares deeply about the sport and wants to make a positive impact on society. His hard work paid off in giving him a group of kids who could become future world champions in their respective divisions. He is indeed, doing something right in Las Vegas, and he explains everything about his program in this interview.

Tom, Tony and Rich also discussed Mayweather vs. McGregor, Tim Hague’s recent death after a brutal defeat in boxing, Female Boxer Heather Hardy’s pro MMA debut for Bellator, and Matt Hughes’ tragic accident in the first part of the broadcast. We also chat about Tony Penecale’s Boxing 101 video with his trainees and Hank Cisco:

We wrap up the show with a recap of last week’s UFC Fight Night and all the boxing action, plus we look ahead to this weekend’s boxing matches and the stacked MMA lineups for Bellator and the UFC.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bangor, Maine (June 23, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday night, August 5, 2017 with the fight promotion’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor.”  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of a professional featherweight bout to the fight card.  Aaron “Relentless” Lacey (4-0) will take on Bryan Goldsby (18-15) at a fight weight of 145-pounds.

Goldsby will be the most experienced fighter Bangor-area prospect Aaron Lacey has ever faced in the cage.  He has four Bellator bouts under his belt and has faced national stars such as Will Campuzano (14-6) and Jeff Curran (36-17-1).  Goldsby made his NEF debut earlier this month, not in the MMA cage but in the boxing ring.  The August 5th bout will represent his return to the cage after more than a three year absence.

Lacey put on a “fight of the night” performance last year in Bangor in a brutal back-and-forth war against John Santos (3-5).  It was the only fight of Lacey’s pro career thus far to make it to the judges’ scorecards.  He has finished all three of his other opponents via first-round submission.  The fight with Goldsby will be Lacey’s first since last November.

“Fighting in Bangor last year was a dream come true, but it also showed me I have a lot to work on,” said Lacey. “I have been nonstop since then and have made giant improvements. Goldsby is a seasoned opponent who has fought at some of the highest levels the sport has to offer. This will be a big test for me and I’m looking forward to showing everyone just how dangerous I can be!”

“NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor” will be held at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at

For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at  In addition, you can watch NEF videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”

About New England Fights

New England Fights (“NEF”) is a fight events promotions company. NEF’s mission is to create the highest quality events for Maine’s fighters and fans alike. NEF’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.

Terrific undercard set for Saturday night to support Kermit Cintron – Tyrone Brunson Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight title bout at the 2300 Arena

Victor Vazquez battles Anthony Burgin in co-feature
Steven Ortiz – Tyrome Jones & Colby Madison – Joel Caudle in fights between undefeated fighters

Jerome Conquest – Jae Ho Kim
Undefeated Marcus Bates takes on upset minded Roberto Pucheta
Chaise Nelson takes on undefeated Jordan Peters

Plus Daryl Bunting and Brandon Robinson in separate bouts

Philadelphia, PA (June 22,  2017) – This Saturday night at the 2300 Arena, boxing fans will be treated to one of the best cards to hit Philadelphia in years as King’s Promotions will put on a nine-bout card that is filled with fight’s that are evenly matched top to bottom.
In the main event, two-time former world champion, Kermit Cintron (39-5-3, 30 KO’s) will battle knockout artist Tyrone Brunson (24-6-2, 22 KO’s) in a ten round bout that will be contested for the Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight championship.
“In my opinion it is going to be one of the best cards in PA. history,” said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman.  “We have a great main event that should be on National TV. , but I am also talking about the undercard as well.  When you have undefeated guys fighting each other at this level it means a lot.”
In the six-round co-feature, Victor Vazquez (7-3, 3 KO’s) of Yonkers, NY battles Anthony Burgin (10-3, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia in a super lightweight bout.
Also in six-round bouts:
In a battle of undefeated lightweights, Steven Ortiz (6-0, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will fight Tyrome Jones (4-0, 1 KO) of South Bend, IN.
Jerome Conquest (7-2, 1 Ko) of Philadelphia will take on Jae Ho Kim (6-3-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia in a lightweight attraction.
Daryl Bunting (3-1-2, 1 KO) of Asbury Park, NJ takes on Gregory Clark (2-1-1, 1 KO) of Washington, DC in a super middleweight tussle.
Undefeated bantamweight Marcus Bates (6-0-1, 6 KO’s) takes on the upset specialist Roberto Pucheta (10-11-1, 6 KO’s) of Jalisco, Mexico.  Pucheta has wins over three undefeated opponents plus victories over Isao Carranza, who was 11-2 at the time.
Undefeated heavyweight’s will square off when Colby Madison (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD will fight Joel Caudle (7-0, 5 KO’s) of Raleigh, NV in a six-round bout.
In four-round bouts:
Brandon Robinson (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will fight Rafael Valencia (3-7-1, 2 KO’s) of Medford, OR in a super middleweight bout.
Chaise Nelson (5-1, 3 KO’s) of Mansfield, OH will take on Jordan Peters (2-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Washington, DC in a super bantamweight affair.

Tickets for this great night of boxing can be purchased at for $100, $75 and $50


Interactive live fight series flashes tech-forward features beginning June 23.
CHICAGO (June 22, 2017) – Bringing fight fans closer to the action than ever before, Linacre Media and ULTRACAST will partner to stream Friday’s FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Rosemont Rumble not only live in H.D. on Facebook, but in Facebook 360˚ and in ULTRACAST 360˚ Virtual Reality as well.
Supporters of the Sweet Science can take advantage of the multi-camera FIGHTNIGHT LIVE broadcast on Facebook as well as the fan-controlled Facebook 360˚ feature – both completely free wherever Facebook is available – and also check out all of the action in ULTRACAST 360˚ VR by downloading the ULTRACAST app and subscribing to the PPV feed for only $2.00. Available for IOS and Android, fans simply need to download the ULTRACAST app in the App store or by  visiting
“We are thrilled about partnering with Linacre and FIGHTNIGHT LIVE to provide fans the 360˚ Virtual Reality experience of the Rosemont Rumble”,  said CEO of Ultracast, Dmitry Kozko. 
“We’re excited to be able to capitalize on cutting-edge technology to give Friday night’s audience a ringside seat at the Rosemont Rumble,” said Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media. “Our Facebook Live series continues to keep fight fans at the forefront, now with not just one – but three – free viewing experiences available.”
ULTRACAST is the premier app for live 360˚ and VR content, broadcasting – or better yet, ultracasting – unique, exclusive perspectives of events to millions of mobile phones, worldwide. ULTRACAST takes viewers ringside at fights, allows them to be part of the back-stage drama, celebrate the win on the podium or feel the front-row excitement of a concert; getting up-close and personal, and going “beyond live”. Get the latest updates with ULTRACAST by following ULTRACASTLIVE on Facebook and @Ultracastlive on Twitter and Instagram.
After a successful pilot that was viewed by more than 40,000 boxing fans live on Facebook, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE hits the Chicago area on Friday, June 23, from Rosemont, Ill., with hardware on the line in a rematch of a hotly-contested draw as Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) and “Son of the Legend” Aaron Pryor, Jr. (19-10-2, 12 KOs) square off in a ten-round main event for the WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight Championship.
Longtime Chicago fan favorite and perennial contender Donovan “Da Bomb” George, (25-7-2, 22 KOs) will join his previously-announced #BOMBSQUAD teammate Jimenez in an eight-round light heavyweight co-feature. Undefeated in his hometown of Chicago, George will be fighting locally for the first time in three years, facing off against area arch-nemesis Derrick “Superman” Findley (26-21-1, 17 KOs) of Gary, Indiana.
Legendary Chicago-based National Anthem singer Jim Cornelison will once again honor our country prior to the start of the main event – fans can catch that highly-anticipated performance along with all of the action in the ring live on Facebook or in VR via the ULTRACAST app.
“It’s a tremendous honor to take our Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE platform to the Windy City area. It’s becoming a national platform already during its infancy – with East Coast and West Coast dates on the calendar and now this opportunity in the No. 3 media market in America – and we’ve been thrilled with the response from fight fans so far,” said Fratto. “We’re looking forward to working with the Village of Rosemont, as well as legendary promoters like Bobby Hitz and Frank Mugnolo on this card.”
The numbers on the May 11 FIGHTNIGHT LIVE pilot from Mohegan Sun Resort showed promise and potential for the new platform. With only two days of promotion, the premiere broadcast amassed 43,000 total video views by 38,000 unique viewers. A total of 1.4 thousand hours of LIVE video was consumed by Facebook users during the first show alone. In addition to the raw numbers, the fully-interactive, fan-friendly production saw 9,021 live post engagements for the show, which included 5,000 “likes” or “loves,” 2,989 comments and 628 shares.
On Friday night, June 23, live from The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont, fans can expect a high-impact, multi-camera streaming experience – now also available in 360˚ and ULTRACAST VR – complete with graphics, animations, replays, interviews and an announce team anchored by blow-by-blow announcer Ray Flores of Premier Boxing Champions, Showtime Boxing, HBO Boxing and CBS Sports Network boxing fame. To provide spectators with a fully-interactive ringside experience, commentators will ask and respond to questions from the Facebook audience throughout the broadcast.
Joining the broadcast team will be world-ranked light heavyweight, Mike Lee.
University of Notre Dame alum Lee (19-0, 10 KOs) is ranked No. 12 by the WBO, No. 12 by the IBF and No. 14 by the WBC, and was originally scheduled to be in the main event but now joins Flores for expert analysis. Television hostDanielle Robay of WCIU-Chicago and Entertainment Tonight, NBC-4 Los Angeles and HLN-fame will bring fans exclusive pre-and post-fight interviews from ringside.
Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features multiple camera angles, graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible “broadcast” solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.
A July 15 date in Phoenix, Ariz., with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions has already been released on the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE calendar. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE strap season continues on Saturday, July 29, in Raleigh, N.C., as Tar Heel State undefeated super flyweight Dewayne Beamon competes for the IBO Inter-Continental and UBF World Junior Bantamweight titles. More FIGHTNIGHT LIVE dates will be officially announced in the coming weeks.
FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is available online at:
Follow all the action via social media at FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Facebook, @FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Instagram and @FIGHTNIGHTLIVE_ on Twitter, or by using the hashtag#FIGHTNIGHTLIVE. For the latest Linacre Media events and broadcast schedule, follow @LinacreMedia across all social platforms or use the tags #LinacreMediaEvents or#LinacreMediaOnTV.

Kermit Cintron – Tyrone Brunson Press conference video and photos

Philadelphia, PA (June 21,  2017) – Below is the video & photos from Tuesday’s press conference at bar2300 at the 2300 Arena in advance of Saturday night’s Pennsylvania State junior Middleweight title bout between two-time world champion Kermit Cintron and Tyrone Brunson.
That ten-round bout will headline a nine-bout card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Tickets for this great night of boxing can be purchased at for $100, $75 and $50


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bangor, Maine (June 21, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday night, August 5, 2017 with the fight promotion’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor.”  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur championship bantamweight contest to the fight card.  Fred Lear (5-2) is scheduled to meet Walt Shea (2-0) for the vacant NEF MMA Amateur 135-pound championship.

A member of Young’s MMA based in Bangor, Lear is riding a two-fight win streak into the first hometown fight of his career.  In February of this year, Lear defeated Shea’s First Class MMA teammate Michael Crespo (3-3) with a second-round technical knockout.  He is a finisher, with all but one of Lear’s five victories coming by way of technical knockout or submission.  He is promising local fans a crowd-pleasing fight against Shea on August 5th.

“Walt Shea has shown tremendous poise and fortitude in his back-to-back wins,” proclaimed Lear.  “My job over the next eight weeks is to work hard, stay humble, and listen to my teammates and coaches who have carried me to this point in my career. This is an extraordinary opportunity and it is my responsibility to seize it. This isn’t about myself or an ammy title. This is about Bangor and delivering on the fight this town deserves.”

Walt Shea has been to the judges’ scorecards twice in his time with NEF, and twice Shea has emerged victorious.  He made his debut last September with a split decision win over Joel Downing (0-1).  Shea followed up that appearance with a unanimous decision over Alan Bustamante (0-1) earlier this year at “NEF 27.”  He is a member of First Class MMA based in Brunswick, Maine, as well as The Foundry in Farmington, Maine.

“It’s an honor to be fighting for the amateur 135-pound title at “NEF 30,'” said Shea. “Honestly, it’s hard to believe considering almost two years ago I was just an overweight fan watching my cousin Nick Shea compete in the cage. My opponent, Fred Lear, is a tough kid who comes from another tough gym in Young’s MMA and always brings a ton of energy into the cage, so be ready for a war of cardio and willpower from each of us. I’d like to thank my family for standing behind me in this adventure, along with my head coach at First Class MMA, John Raio, and all my other outstanding coaches and my talented teammates.”

“NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor” will be held at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at

For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at  In addition, you can watch NEF videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”

About New England Fights

New England Fights (“NEF”) is a fight events promotions company. NEF’s mission is to create the highest quality events for Maine’s fighters and fans alike. NEF’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.

Mayweather Gets First Topps Cards

As boxing champ Floyd Mayweather prepares to go after his 50th career victory, Topps is getting set to release its first trading card of the undefeated fighter.

Mayweather will have his first Topps cards, including an autographed version, in 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball, which releases on July 19. Mayweather’s inclusion in Allen & Ginter fits right in with the 12-year-old brand, which highlights world champions beyond baseball.

This will be the first of several products that fans can find Mayweather’s Topps autographed cards this year. Stay tuned for more details.

Mayweather recently announced his upcoming fight with UFC champ Conor McGregor on August 26 in Las Vegas. The much-anticipated fight sees Mayweather going for his 50th professional win – and no losses.

Fans and collectors can find 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter in hobby shops, Target, Walmart, online retailers and on July 19.