Danny O'Connor (red shirt in center) with members of New England Revolution
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (July 30, 2012) - Hot light welterweight prospect Danny O'Connor (17-1, 5 KOs) will make history Sunday evening, August 12 when he
headlines the first professional boxing event at famed Gillette Stadium
in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Stadium is home to the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England
Patriots and Major League Soccer (MLS) power New England Revolution,
which is presenting this special boxing event, in association with
27-year-old O'Connor, fighting out of nearby Framingham, is a former
two-time national amateur champion, as well as an alternate for the 2008
U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. The crafty southpaw is slated to take on
23-fight veteran James Ventry in the eight-round main event on Aug. 12.
MLS game between the New England Revolution and Montreal Impact,
starting at 7:00 p.m. / ET, will be followed by a three-fight pro boxing
card, headlined by O'Connor vs. Ventry, immediately after the
conclusion of the soccer game at approximately 9 p.m. / ET. The ring
will be set-up in the end zone behind the Revolution's goal.
a big New England Revolution fan and since the first second I
met everyone involved in The Revs organization," O'Connor said from his
training camp in Houston, "staff & players have been amazing and
treated me like family. I'm honored and proud to be fighting alongside
these great players and their fans. I'm very happy to be part of The
Revs family and to showcase my talents after The Revs game at Gillette
Revs average between 12,000-15,000 fans per game in a friendly, safe,
family environment. The fusion of boxing, music and soccer promises a
memorable night for all fans in attendance, introducing many to a
different sport, soccer or boxing.
is a driving force in the rebirth of boxing in the Bay State, largely
due to the influence of his relatively new manager, Kenny Casey, who is the founder and lead singer for the wildly popular Dropkick Murphys band. Casey's innovative, cross-marketing ideas and invaluable
connections led to O'Connor fighting this past May at the House of Blues
in Boston, in addition to the first pro boxing show at Gillette
honored to have a role, or play a position, to help bring boxing back
in my home state," O'Connor noted. "I want to give back to the sport
that has given me so much. I want fans all over New England to get
excited again about boxing.
"Kenny Casey has really helped promote me and my name. He has opened up a lot of doors for me, especially among Dropkick Murphys fans all over the world. He's more like my mentor than manager. He has
steered me in the right direction to win in boxing, but under his wings
I've also learned so much about doing business and just being a good
person. I feel good about him coming onboard and I couldn't be happier
with the way my career is now going."
is an avid boxing fan who is committed to guiding O'Connor's career to a
world title shot, starting with an innovative campaign to build a
strong fan-base in New England for his fighter. "Danny O'Connor is a
true gentleman and a great representative for the sport of boxing,"
Casey remarked. "He's all about hard work, dedication and humility. It's
been a lot of fun to do our part in terms of putting boxing back on the
map and this event is another step in that direction. The first boxing
card at Gillette Stadium is something we are proud to be involved in.
The New England Revolution and their amazing fans have been some of
Danny's strongest supporters, so this event is a match made in heaven."
scheduled to fight on this special three-bout show is Boston Police
Officer and former New England Golden Gloves champion, super
middleweight Billy Traft (1-0), against pro-debuting MMA standout John Downey,
of Hull (MA), in a four-round match. Another four-round fight will soon
be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
reasonably priced at $100.00 (on field ringside), $60.00 (reserved) and
$40.00 (end zone), include attendance for this unique doubleheader (NE
Revolution vs. Montreal Impact soccer game and boxing), go on sale
tomorrow (Friday, July 27) at 10:00 a.m. / ET via Ticketmaster or by
For more information about Danny O'Connor and Team O'Connor, visit www.dannyoconnorboxing.com, follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DOC_Boxing, or visit him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DannyOConnor.
Visit the IMPROVED Doghouse Boxing Forums (Login with your Facebook or Twitter account - Now Mobile, Ipad, Blackberry, Android & YouTube Friendly) DogPound
NEW: Follow Doghouse Boxing on FaceBook
! For more Boxing News 24/7 and so much more... visit our homepage