FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Auburn, Maine (April 15, 2022) – New England Fights (NEF) returns with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event “NEF 47: The Battle of L/A” on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine. Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional catchweight bout to the card. Nate “Backpack” Boucher (0-1) will meet David Juliano (1-2) at a fight weight of 130 pounds.

Nate Boucher will make his return to the NEF cage after losing his professional debut to Chris Caterino (4-3) at “NEF 42” in February 2020. Prior to that loss, Boucher had been on a four-fight win streak in the amateur ranks where he had an overall record of 6-3. He captured the NEF Amateur Flyweight Title with a first-round submission of Steve Desjardins (5-4) at “NEF 41.” Boucher wrestled for Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine before competing in MMA. He currently represents Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) based in Lewiston. This will be Boucher’s first fight since the passing of his mentor and cornerman Jesse Peterson (8-4) last month.

“I’m super excited to be back,” exclaimed Boucher. “That being said, I definitely have my work cut out for me. I just look forward to showing my home town my love for the game. This will be a big moment for me on what my future in fighting is going to look like going forward. I have all kinds of emotion and change in this camp after the loss of my biggest idol in fighting. But, friends don’t let friends fight alone, and I know that will fuel me on May 14th. Thank you to all that are supporting my comeback.”

David Juliano makes the trip north to Maine from New Jersey for the fight with Boucher. As an amateur, Juliano put together an impressive record of 6-3, ending his amateur career on a six-fight win streak. After dropping his first two professional fights, Juliano won his most recent fight via second-round submission last fall. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and currently represents Driven Gym based in New Jersey.

“I’m very excited to visit Maine,” said Juliano. “I plan to have a decisive and exciting victory.”

“NEF 47: The Battle of L/A” takes place on May 14, 2022, at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine. Tickets for the event are on sale now at The event will be the promotion’s first in Lewiston-Auburn since June 2019.

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 fighters and fans alike. NEF’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.