Framingham's "Irish" Danny O'Connor will headline the first-ever boxing match at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12.
The New England Revolution, in association with Warrior Boxing and DiBella Entertainment, will present a unique double-header that Sunday night.
Following the Revolution’s 7 p.m. game against the Montreal Impact, O’Connor will headline a live professional boxing card at the stadium. The boxing event is expected to start after the final whistle of the Revolution match at about 9 p.m.
“We're excited to host the first-ever professional boxing match at Gillette Stadium and even more excited to have proud Revs fan and Framingham's own Danny O'Connor headlining the card,” said Revolution President Brian Bilello in a press release. “This will be a unique event that will add value for our fans. We think we’ll convert some boxing fans to Revolution soccer and vice versa.”
At 17-1, O’Connor, an avid Revolution fan, is on the brink of stardom. He is a former two-time national amateur champion and was an alternate for the US Olympic Boxing Team in 2008.
Now managed by Dropkick Murphys front man Ken Casey, O’Connor is building a strong home fan base with his exciting fighting style. He sold out Boston’s House of Blues in May.
“I'm honored and proud to be able to fight in front of the New England Revolution supporters. They are the epitome of loyal fans and I'm proud to be part of the Revs family," said O’Connor.
Also appearing on the three-bout card will be Boston Police Officer and former New England Golden Gloves champ Billy Traft, who will face Hull’s mixed martial arts standout John Downey in Traft’s second pro fight. An additional four-round bout is yet to be announced.
“This event is an amazing opportunity for Danny and great for the sport of boxing,” said Casey. “You don’t see cross promotions and partnerships like this very often in boxing, so it’s exciting. It’s also a great value for the fan to be able to see a professional sporting event and then watch the first three boxing matches to ever take place at Gillette Stadium.”
Preferred boxing seating for the unique soccer-boxing double header go on tomorrow, July 27 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-GET REVS. The ring will be located in the stadium’s south end zone, with boxing seating inclusive of the Revolution game:
- Ringside - $100 (on field)
- Premium - $60 (first five rows of sections 120 and 121)
- General - $40 (near ring)
Revolution ticket holders are encouraged to remain to view the live fights.