Considering he didn't take up boxing until 2004 when he was 19, O'Connor is going places fast. He won more than 95 bouts as an amateur, went to the Bejing Olympics in 2008 as an alternate on the US Boxing team, and is now fighting professionally.
Growing up in Saxonville, O'Connor was introduced to boxing by his late grandfather, who lived across the street and would show the boy videos of old boxing matches. He was a standout wrestler at Framingham High, but didn't take up boxing as a sport until after he graduated in 2003.
Since turning pro last September, O'Connor is an undefeated 7-0, with two knockouts. Boxing pundits have said he has the potential to become a world champion. Remember the name and face, give him a thumbs up if you see him around town, and maybe someday you'll be saying, "I remember him way back when ..."