O’Connor going to “school”
each pro fight
November 24, 2008
(NOV 24) FRAMINGHAM, MASS – Each fight is
a learning experience for any young boxer and 2008 U.S. Olympic first
alternate Danny O’Connor is no exception. His pro debut in September
resulted in a second-round stoppage of Jose Guerrido, but his November
11th win against 15-fight veteran Anthony Woods was much more important
in terms of 23-year-old O’Connor’s development process.
O’Connor (2-0, 2 KOs) pitched a shutout against fellow light
welterweight Anthony Woods (5-11, 2 KOs), winning all four rounds on
each of the three judge’s scorecards (40-35, 40-36, 40-36) at the
Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
One invaluable lesson learned by O’Connor is that, when the action
doesn’t go exactly according to pre-fight plans, adjustments must be
made during the action. “It was an exciting fight to watch,” he said.
“We both threw a lot of punches. He’s a tough fighter; game, coming
forward throwing punches. So was I. I wanted to show more of my boxing
skills than I did in my first fight. I did but not as much as I wanted
to because I didn’t settled down, rather looking for a knockout, instead
of boxing more. Every fight is a learning experience for me and I’m
already applying what I learned from that fight in the gym. I did go
four rounds and now I’m used to fighting 3-minute rounds. I can’t wait
for my next fight.”
O’Connor, fighting out of Framingham (MA), won this year’s US Future
Stars National Championship, in which he was named Most Outstanding
Boxer, as well as the National Golden Gloves Tournament, both in the
141-pound light welterweight division. Danny’s most notable victory as
an amateur was a dominating performance against eventual 2008 Olympic
Gold medalist Felix Diaz, of the Dominican Republic, who O’Connor beat
on May 29 in a USA-Dominican Republic dual meet.
Uncertain about the exact date of his next fight, O’Connor is working
hard at the 401 Gym in Cranston, Rhode Island with his head trainer,
Dave Keefe, who also co-manages Danny with Rob Valle. O’Connor is
promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing.
“Both Rob and I were glad Danny got some rounds in,” Keefe noted.
“Seminole Warriors Boxing and our team are on the same page; knocking
out everyone doesn’t always yield the best long-term results. These
early fights are part of the learning process for Danny.”