Danny O'Connor feels 'no pressure' in facing Jose Ramirez in California


Danny O’Connor provided the better sound bite — and a little bit of perspective — Wednesday as he promoted his weekend fight vs. Jose Ramirez for Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title.

O’Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) has a day job as a firefighter in Framingham, Mass., and he used that fact to insist that a cross-country road trip to Fresno, Calif., to fight Ramirez on Saturday (9:30 p.m., ESPN) won’t affect him.

“I have no pressure of coming into his back yard to fight him. I’m a firefighter and I run into burning buildings. There is no pressure whatsoever,” O’Connor said, per a transcript provided by Top Rank Press, a part of Top Rank Boxing, which promotes Ramirez. “At the end of the day, it is going to be just him and me inside the ring.

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“I understand that the crowd will be cheering for him because this is his hometown, but that doesn’t rattle me. I’m here to do what I do. This is just another boxing match and it could be on Mars for all that I care. I’m going to leave Fresno with the WBC super lightweight world title.”

Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs), who hails from nearby Avenal, Calif., is ready to put on a show for the home fans.

“Since I was little, I wanted to become a world champion and then be able to defend the title in front of the fans of the Central Valley. That is happening on Saturday,” he said.

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