Shawn Thornton was named after the John Wayne character that bare-knuckle boxes in "The Quiet Man" and makes no bones about his love for the sport of boxing. He did everything he could to help support local boy Danny "Bhoy" O'Connor during his big fight against New England title holder Derek Silveira at TD Garden last night, and that included agreeing to be the spit bucket guy in his corner during the fight.
Thornton engages in boxing and jujitsu training during the summer and offseason to train for his role as an NHL enforcer, so he was excited to get an up-close-and-personal look at a big-time boxing match.
O'Connor, a IBF and WBC-ranked welterweight, scored the 10-round decision over Silveira. He was awarded scores of 100-89 and 97-93 while the third judge scored the bout a draw at 95-95. O'Connor improved his record to 20-1 with seven KO's after Saturday night's victory.
So the good guy ended up winning the fight, but unfortunately Thornton had to watch from a ringside seat after the second round. O'Connor's camp was told by the refs that they had one too many people in his corner, and the Bruins fourth liner was the guy told to vamoose.
"I paid my $50 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I filled out all the necessary paperwork and I got permission from the commission along with the wrist band that I needed," said Thornton. "But the officials came over to our corner in the second round and told us we had too many corner people there.
"So I was the one to go, but they still took my $50. I'm [expletive] rattled. Maybe I can get a refund from Massachusetts Governor Deval [Patrick]?"
Thornton said the Fight Night at the Garden was a huge success with close to 5,000 people attending in the lower bowl as they set tables up around the ring while utilizing half of the hockey rink.
Thornton booted from O'Connor's corner in TD Garden fight
CSN New England | Jan 28