Fight of the Night at National Golden Gloves:
Daniel O'Connor vs. Antonio Corrales
by Josh Slagter | The Grand Rapds Press
Tuesday May 06, 2008, 1:00 AM
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GRAND RAPIDS -- Daniel O'Connor, representing New England, opened the National
Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions with a victory over Antonio Corrales of California
on Monday night at DeVos Place. O'Connor, an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team, also
won a light welterweight title at the U.S. Future Stars National Championships in March.
More on O'Connor from Steve Kaminski of The Grand Rapids Press: Daniel O'Connor was
hungry Monday, both inside and outside the ring, and that proved to be a blessing and a
burden. O'Connor opened the Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions with a
victory in the light welterweight division over Antonio Corrales of California. O'Connor,
representing New England, started slowly, but he came on strong to win by decision in the
week-long tournament at the DeVos Place. The Framingham, Mass., fighter said he has a
pretty good idea why he lacked sizzle at the start. However, he had no intentions of making
an early exit. "My eating habits are usually good for the most part, but maybe I ate a little bit
too much today, and I was a little bit sluggish," O'Connor said. "I was a little bit hungry
today, and maybe I had too much to eat. I don't know exactly what it was, so I'm going to
have to go back and tweak something. Maybe something didn't digest properly. "I thought
that I was a little bit sluggish, but I fought through it. You never feel 100 percent when you
are in a fight. I'm always happy when I get a win. There was stuff I wanted to do better, but
I'm happy with the performance." New England has sent 10 boxers to Grand Rapids, but
O'Connor was the only one who fought Monday. Three boxers received first-round byes
and will advance to round two on Wednesday. The tournament will run through Saturday's
championship bouts. O'Connor, 22, enters this week's tournament a favorite considering he
won the U.S. Future Stars National Championship in Colorado in March. He also is an
alternate on the USA Olympic team, and he estimates that he has an 80-9 amateur record.
"Danny is in great shape and he's an experienced fighter," said Team New England trainer
John Curran. "He ate a lot today, unfortunately, and that's why he was slow starting. But he
started getting those combinations in pretty good, especially in the third round. With the
onset of fatigue and settling down, he started connecting a little better. "Each night that he
fights, he will get sharper and sharper all the way to the finals." Next up for O'Connor will be
a match against Marquis Moore of Washington D.C. Moore dropped Iowa boxer Lance
Williams seconds into his fight to advance. "I was warming up at the time of his fight, so I
really didn't get a chance to see him because it was so short," O'Connor said. "But he is
going to have to bring his A game. It looks like he's a good athlete, he's a strong kid and is
in shape. I just have to get ready for him like I get ready for any other fight."