BOSTON – Framingham boxer Danny O’Connor won the New England welterweight title Saturday night, in an 8-round fight at the House of Blues in Boston.
O’Connor defeated his Murphys Boxing opponent Michael McLaughlin Owen to also pick up the Celtic National title, too.
It was a majority decision. One judge saw the fight a draw at 76-76, but two judges gave the fight to O’Connor 79-72.
“Any night, I can leave the ring pretty much in the same way I went in, without serious injury, is a good night,” said O’Connor after the victory. “He was a tough opponent … I am just grateful it was my night.”
It has been a week of battles for O’Connor, who spent the previous Saturday as a Framingham firefighter battling a 3-alarm fire at the Old Patch Village strip mall.
O’Connor, 31, dedicated the win to the Watertown firefighter, who died in a 2-alarm fire on Friday.
Watch the dedication after the fight:
This is two wins in two fights for O’Connor who returned to boxing after a short retirement.
After being knocked out in the first round by Gabriel Bracero in October 2015, the Framingham fighter retired.
O’Connor who trains with Framingham firefighter Adam Quit, said he is looking to drop weight and go for the IBF title.
Originally posted at 3:05 a.m. March 19. Updated with video.
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