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O’Connor feels he’s better prepared for Bracero

Danny OConnor

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When Danny O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) fought Gabriel Bracero in 2011, he was a 14-0 fighter and and seen as the hot prospect, but wound up on the losing end of a unanimous decision.

Speaking at a media workout on Thursday, O’Connor says he feels much better prepared for Bracero this time around.

“Two weeks before our first fight, my first son was born and I didn’t know how to separate sport from such life-changing events. I was 14-0 and fighting on Showtime. We just had a baby boy two weeks before this fight,” said O’Connor.

“I was a scared little kid with no experience in our first fight. I couldn’t handle the pressure, I didn’t even know it was there. Now, I’m a mature man who is a husband and father. I’m a totally different person.

“This fight could be in my living room. I’m at peace in the ring doing what I love to do. It’s great being back in the ring in Lowell, where I won the New England Golden Gloves title and I’m fighting on national TV, but the event is between the four corners and that’s what really counts.”

Bracero (23-2, 4 KOs), who was also present at Welch’s Gym in South Boston, acknowledged that O’Connor had improved, but is also ready for the challenge.

“Danny has become a better fighter.  I can’t take anything away from him, but I’m looking forward to putting on a spectacular performance Saturday night,” said Bracero.

The fight will headline the Premier Boxing Champions card on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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