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Danny O’Connor’s Massachusetts Boxing Debute at the House of Blues

The Boston-New York rivalry has extended to boxing.

Of course, when you hear Boston versus New York, you probably think Red Sox-Yankees, Patriots-Jets, Bruins-Rangers, etc. Well, Framingham, Mass., native Danny O’Connor took the Boston-New York matchup to the boxing ring at a tournament at the House of Blues on Thursday night, drawing a very boisterous crowd.

O’Connor defeated Daniel Sostre of Highland, N.Y., in four rounds of a 10-round match. Sostre forfeited after the fourth round due to a hand injury. It was O’Connor’s first fight in Massachusetts in three years.

Before O’Connor stepped into the boxing ring, the Dropkick Murphys played a few songs, and Rene Rancourt delivered the national anthem.

O’Connor likes competition — there’s no question about that. But he also likes giving the fans something to enjoy.

“I just wanted to perform at top level and impress all the fans that came out to support me,” O’Connor told The Boston Globe. “[Thursday], I think I did.”
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The Boston-New York rivalry has spilled over the wall of the Green Monster and into the House of Blues.

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The Old Brigade performed during the six-bout event, alternating fights with traditional Irish tunes.

ImageRene Rancourt kicked off Danny O’Connor’s fight by singing the national anthem. Rancourt has sung the U.S. and Canadian national anthem at Bruins home games for the last 35 years.

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Other faces in a crowd of 2,500 included Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and local boxing legend Micky Ward. Both men joined O’Connor in his ring entry, showing their support for the fighting Irish.

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In its professional boxing debut, the House of Blues generated a full house of 2,500 people. All proceeds went to the Claddagh Fund, a community-based charity of the Dropkick Murphys.

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Danny O’Connor of Framingham made his first boxing appearance in his home state of Massachusetts in three years by taking on Daniel Sostre of Highland, N.Y., in a quest to promote Boston boxing.

ImageThroughout his amateur career, Danny O’Connor has won a national championship and a Golden Glove title in 2008. He was also an alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

ImageKen Casey, bass guitarist for the Dropkick Murphys, has been an outspoken supporter and mentor for O’Connor.

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The bell sounds to signal the end of round one.

ImageDaniel Sostre was defeated after only four rounds in a scheduled 10-round light welterweight fight.

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O’Connor said he hopes to use this victory to promote not only his career but also the sport of boxing, making it a permanent component among Boston’s beloved sports.

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