Boxing Result

O’Connor defeats Gonzalez

Emily Harney

Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo by Emily Harney

Irish eyes were smiling on Friday night, the day after St. Patrick’s Day at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI as Framingham, MA junior welterweight unbeaten prospect Danny O’Connor (11-0, 3 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, NY’s Franklin Gonzalez (13-4, 9 KOs). All three judges scored the bout a shutout for O’Connor 80-72 on all cards. O’Connor stayed true to his game plan as he worked his jab to perfection, setting up his combinations, while at the same time, keeping Gonzalez off balance and unable to attack. Gonzalez was able to work and counter with his opponent, however O’Connor got the better of almost all the exchanges and consistently out-landed Gonzalez throughout. The seven bout fight card titled “Shamrock’d” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Former four time women’s champion Jamie “The Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4-1, 7 KOs) pounded out a hard fought six round majority decision over New York City’s Jill Emery (9-3, 3 KOs). Scores of the bout were 59-56 and 59-55 for Clampitt while the third judge scored the fight even at 57-57. Clampitt throughout tried to negate the reach advantage of Emery while trying to work on the inside. Emery used her reach throughout keeping an arm’s length away from Clampitt at all times. In the end, Clampitt out worked and out landed Emery during the six round encounter.
Middleweight Joe McCreedy (12-4-1, 6 KOs) and ring veteran Dhafir Smith (22-20-6, 4 KOs) battled to a six round draw. Scores of the bout were 59-56 for McCreedy, 59-55 for Smith, and 57-57. McCreedy fought on the inside almost the entire fight and landed punishing hooks on Smith. Smith used his speed and movement to keep away from the charging McCreedy and to land combinations of his own.
Former USBA titlist Jason Pires (22-3-1, 9 KOs) and Louisiana’s John Revich (10-1-1, 8 KOs) battled to a six round majority draw in an excellent all action fight. Scores of the bout were 56-55 for Revich and 56-56 twice.
Undefeated heavyweight Jesse Barboza (3-0, 3 KOs) took a slow comfortable pace as he broke down and eventually knocked out his opponent Richard Mason (0-1) at 1:45 of round two.
Lowell super lightweight Sean Eklund (7-4, 1 KO) out-worked the previously undefeated Eddie Soto (12-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds to capture the unanimous decision victory in a rematch of their encounter won by Soto back in February 2009. Scores of the bout all in favor of Eklund read 58-55 twice and 59-55.
Undefeated super middleweight Keith Kozlin needed just 1:59 of the very first round to stop Philadelphia’s Roberto Burgess. Kozlin landed several unanswered right hooks that hurt and eventually sent Burgess to the canvas twice during the fight. Kozlin improved to (5-0, 2 KOs) while Burgess falls to (4-3, 2 KOs).

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