Ringside Report by Mark Vaz and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Stepping up the competition. That’s what it’s all about for a young, developing fighter. Learning, improving and fighting better competition as you yourself progress to be prepared for the day when, hopefully, you’ll get a shot at the big time. For “Irish” Joe McCreedy (11-4-1, 6 KOs), a gutsy 24-year old from Lowell, Massachusetts, that step up was this past Friday night at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports presented CES Boxing’s “Autumn Classic,” which featured several rising stars on the New England Boxing horizon. Unfortunately for McCreedy, he dropped a unanimous decision victory to “The Next Great Champ” reality show winner Otis Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) in a hard fought battle. 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (10-0, 3 KOs) took the fight to a game challenge from his opponent James Hope (4-3, 4 KOs) however in the end it was O’Connor walking away with the shutout six round unanimous decision win. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.