O'CONNOR DEFEATS SOTO
Danny O'Connor TKO4 Eddie Soto ... Framingham, Massachusetts welterweight Danny O'Connor scored a fourth-round stoppage of Providence, Rhode Island's Eddie Soto in the first live boxing event to be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The card was staged immediately following the ending of the MLS Soccer game featuring the New England Revolution.
The atmosphere from the soccer game carried over and then some for the boxing event as thousands of fans packed the stadium concourse to watch the live action. As soon as O'Connor began his ring walk, the crowd went chanted his name to the beat of Irish drums.
O'Connor, who has been working with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields for his past four fights, worked behind his jab and patiently stalked Soto around the ring, mixing in combinations to both the body and head.
Near the end of the first frame, a five-punch combination dropped Soto to the canvas. Soto beat the count easily. Rounds two and three saw more of the same, as O'Connor continued to systematically break down the Puerto Rican. In the fourth, O'Connor picked up the pressure and dropped Soto again, but this time he was in far worse condition. With the referee hovering over him and counting, Soto's corner threw in the towel, giving O'Connor the TKO victory at 1:09 of the fourth round.
Soto, a natural lightweight fighting above his best weight, is now 12-5, but this was his fifth straight loss.
With the win, O'Connor improved his record to 18-1 with 7 KOs.
O'Connor will quickly return to action on September 29th, as part of the undercard to the DiBella Entertainment-promoted HBO "Boxing After Dark" tripleheader to be held at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Headlining the card is O'Connor stable-mate, Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KO's), who takes on fellow undefeated super middleweight Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KO's).
source: press release