Danny O’Connor vs Vivian Harris This Saturday
On Saturday night, the pride of Framingham, MA, Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (23-1, 7KO’s) will return to action for the third time in less than three months when he takes on former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (30-9-2, 19KO’s) in the 10-round welterweight main event bout at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.
The event will also feature a live performance by the world-renowned and extremely popular Dropkick Murphys, whose leader singer Ken Casey, is the manager of O’Connor. Both main event fighters will weigh in tomorrow afternoon, with the weigh-in being shown that evening during the halftime of the Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes NHL game.
“Once again Danny is doing great things for this charity,” said Casey, who is promoting the event on Saturday night in association with his foundation, The Claddagh Fund. “I am super excited to see him as the main attraction for the first time outside of New England. Philadelphia has taken to Danny like he is one of their own and we are really looking forward to this great event on Saturday night.”
“I’m very excited to box in Philadelphia, as it’s such a great city with so much sports history. It’s always a pleasure for me to be a part of any Claddagh Fund charity event. After an amazing training camp, I’m physically and mentally ready, in the words of Jonny Gomes from the Sox, ‘I’m time-tested, battle-tested, it’s time to put my hard hat on and go to work,'” said O’Connor.
“Danny’s taking on a real veteran in Vivian Harris and we’re looking forward to a great performance,” said Lou DiBella. “We’re pleased that Danny is fighting on a card that benefits the Claddaugh Fund and we thank Ken Casey and the Dropkick Murphys for all their help.”
The two-time national amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate O’Connor has had a busy 2013 thus far. The bout on Saturday will be his fifth of this year and third in less than three months. O’Connor, now campaigning at welterweight, is looking to propel himself into the world ratings in the loaded 147lb. division in 2014, but he must first get by the former WBA light welterweight world champion Harris.
The event is being promoted by Dropkick Murphys, The Claddagh Fund, DiBella Entertainment and Green Blood Boxing, in association with Guardian Restoration and A-Plus Public Adjusters.