BREWER – At 40 years old, Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington, will be coming back to where it all started, New England Fights.
“They (NEF) kind of helped groom me and they had a really big offer fighting Josh Grispi who was the No. 1 contender in the world,” Boyington said.
They made an offer Boyington couldn’t refuse and like Don Corleone, it came with some baggage.
Grispi, who was once in line to fight UFC legend, Jose Aldo, is fresh off a 5 ½ year prison sentence for domestic abuse.
“I’m not sure personally if I’d ever want to do any kind of business with the guy. When I got offered the fight it was the kind of name and the kind of fight that intrigued me,” Boyington said.
With baggage comes added opportunity.
“I want to speak up, I want to be a platform for people in abuse against women and abuse against anybody and I’m using this platform as a way to speak out,” Boyington added.
Everything “Pretty Boy” does is for his family, even if it means wearing multiple hats to make ends meet.
“There is no time literally get like 20 minute to get home and I put my head on the pillow for 20 minutes just so I have the energy to get to the gym and train,” Boyington said.
Boyington is logging a full work week at the ND paper mill in Old Town and at night he trades in his hard hat for gloves.
“It’s about resilience, discipline it keeps me in check and my kids get to see what I’m doing so I mean if I get an opportunity to show them what a man’s supposed to be. This is it and what better way to show them,” Boyington said.
He’s not raking in the millions or living a life of luxury.
His journey to this point hasn’t been pretty and he wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
“I have the life I’ve always dreamed of my wife and I will say it kinda get teary eyed because you know everyday we talk how good our life is and the gratitude we have so that’s a lot of that comes from this sport right here and that’s priceless nobody is going to take that from me,” Boyington said.
Boyington will take on Grispi at NEF 42: Symphony of Destruction at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.