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.
The Boston-New York rivalry has spilled over the wall of the Green Monster and into the House of Blues.
The Old Brigade performed during the six-bout event, alternating fights with traditional Irish tunes.
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.
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.
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.
The bell sounds to signal the end of round one.
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.