Boxing returns to Causeway Street next Saturday night with a local kid, Danny O’Connor, taking on another local kid, Derek Silveira, in the 10-round feature bout. O’Connor is from Framingham, Silveira from Salem, and they both tip the scales around 145 pounds.
The fight game, too often its own worst opponent, will try once again to muscle its way back into Boston’s consciousness.
“Boxing still has its niche markets around here and throughout New England,’’ said Al Valenti, the longtime fight promoter who cobbled together Saturday’s nine-bout card. “For it to work at the Garden, you need star power, and Danny’s right on the bubble of becoming a star right now. He’s exciting. He’s gathering a following.
“If he wins, then, hey, he’s the kind of kid who can bring people back for more.’’
Long ago, before the old Garden opened on Causeway Street in 1928, boxing and Boston were a hand-in-glove fit — even prior to gloves being an essential part of the sweet science. The South End’s John L. Sullivan, the famous Boston Strong Boy of the late 1800s, made his name as a bare-knuckle brawler. Flamboyant and tough, he was America’s first sports superstar, the first pro athlete to make $1 million in career earnings.
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