LEWISTON — The heroes and villains of New England Fights came together Friday as they prepare to face off at the promotion’s next big event Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Again, NEF will feature both boxing and mixed martial arts fights at the Colisee, beginning at 7 p.m.

Among the main events is a 145-pound MMA title fight between Caleb Hall, a former wrestler from Dixfield who now trains out of Portland, and Johnny Crafts of Lisbon, a decorated jiu-jitsu grappler.Separated by only two years in age and only a handful of pounds on the scale, the two former high school athletes made the transition to the cage from other combat pursuits at around the same time.

After they meet Saturday, both amateur fighters are contemplating turning professional.

“I’d say my days in the amateur ranks are numbered,” Hall said nin a recent news release. “I feel at this point, as tough as the fights are getting, I might as well be a pro. I just didn’t want to do it too early. I wanted to be a legitimate pro athlete.”

Crafts had been out of the cage for a year prior to his third-round TKO of Henry Clark for the 135-pound title in February.

“If I’m healthy, win or lose, I think this is probably my last fight as an amateur,” Crafts said in a release. “I’m 24. I don’t want to drag it on too long.”

The two will meet at 145 pounds. Hall currently holds the NEF featherweight title, while Hall is the bantamweight champ.

Among the five pro bouts slated for Saturday is a tussle between Crowsneck Boutin and Jesse Erickson at 180 pounds. Featured in the boxing bouts is a match between undefeated Casey Kramlich and Johmn Ortolani. Ortolani is 8-10 in the MMA realm, but Saturday will mark his professional boxing debut in the middleweight bout.


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