LEWISTON, Maine — Brandon “The Cannon” Berry won the New England Welterweight title bout by unanimous decision, beating Roberto Valenzuela during a combination mixed martial arts-boxing show, NEF XX, Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
Berry, a junior welterweight boxer from West Forks, overcame a cut early in the fight to record his first eight-round victory and improved his record to 10-1. Valenzuela, a 42-year-old native of Sonora, Mexico, is now 72-70.
In other pro boxing bouts, Tollison Lewis defeated Zenon Herrera by technical knockout in the third round in the 155-pound class, Josh Parker and Elias Leland battled to a draw in the 135-pound class and Ernesto Ornelas beat Brandon Ali Garvin by TKO in the second round in a catch-weight class.
Fight Night XX featured both MMA bouts and boxing for the first time, with the rings set up side-by-side on the Colisee floor.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Brewer stopped Jimmy Davidson of Sandwich, Massachusetts, in the third round by a TKO at 2:40 in his third successful defense of his NEF 155-pound belt. Boyington (11-8) controlled much of the bout in the MMA main event and bloodied Davidson (7-2). Then he sealed the win with a flurry of blows to the head.
In the other MMA pro bouts, Jon Lemke beat Matt Denning by TKO in the first in a catch-weight class, Matt Bordonaro stopped Crowsneck Boutin with a knee bar in the first round in the 170-pound class, Matt Andrikut defeated Jesse Baughman by TKO in the first round in a catch-weight class and Damon Owens stopped Derek Shorey by a chokehold in the first round of the 145-pound class.
In the only women’s bout of the evening, Brewer’s Randi Beth Boyington lost to undefeated Erin Lamonte (5-0). Boyington (1-2), the wife Bruce Boyington, was caught in an armbar just 1:10 into the first round. After his win, Bruce Boyington called for a rematch between his wife and Lamonte.
NEF announced its next event on Feb. 6, also at the Colisee in Lewiston, will feature both MMA and boxing.