FRAMINGHAM – Framingham boxer Danny O’Connor won the Junior Welterweight WBC Silver World Championship Belt, over the weekend.
O’Connor defeated Danny Gonzalez , in a third-round KO, on Saturday at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
“To win a form of a world championship belt representing one of the most prestigious organizations – the WBC – in boxing history is a dream come true,” said O’Connor to Source today, November 27.
“It puts me in a great spot. I want to win the main WBC belt and then unify the 140 division as undisputed champion, by winning all the big organization belts – WBA, WBO and the IBF,” said O’Connor, who is employed as a Framingham firefighter.
“I could have not done this without the amazing support system I have behind me of my family, friends, and fans,” said O’Connor. “I wouldn’t be where I am today or the person I am today without the continued support and help,” said O’Connor, who began his career boxing with the Framingham Police Athletic League (PAL) boxing program, as a teen.
“The biggest game changer in this equation is my coach Adam Quitt and his genius vision of fighting,” said O’Connor. “He is such a hidden gem, and is one of the best coaches for the fight game I have ever seen, out of all my years and travels in boxing. I’m lucky that I’m able to have him involved in my career at an early stage before he blows up as a coach. He is the exact right coach for me, and is in the war with me every step of the way.”
O’Connor said he “came up with the picture perfect fight plan” for Saturday night.
“I trusted him fully in his judgement and his corner instruction to make the fight adjustments, as we went,” said O’Connor.
Besides working as a firefighter, and training for his boxing career, O’Connor also runs a nonprofit organization called Off the Canvas, that helps at-risk youths in the community.
“I run it weekly at Wayside,” said O’Connor about his youth mentoring program.
Photos by Emily Harney.