Framingham boxer back in the ring

O'Connor hopes his work with new trainer in Houston, difficult sacrifice will pay off

Updated: September 21, 2011, 12:16 PM ET
By Brendan Hall | ESPNBoston.com

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- It is the first week of August. Danny O'Connor is on the phone with an ESPN Boston reporter, fumbling around the kitchen of his bare-bones Houston apartment looking for the cellphone number of his new trainer.

His living arrangement with another Worcester-bred boxer, Edwin Rodriguez, is pretty minimal: no car, no Internet, no television, no land line, two forks, a knife, a stack of paper plates, no couch, no mattress, a few bed sheets, a throw pillow, and -- no pens.

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