By: The Mad Boxing Genius
On May 20th, 2011, local Jersey favorite Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien suffered the first loss of his young professional career against Rafael Montalvo. The man who’s created for himself a diehard reputation in only 2 previous fights due to his come forward and aggressive style, hit a roadblock in his career but managed to stay true to his name and reputation in the lone loss by getting stopped in a see-saw battle against Montalvo. But tonight, September 14th, Vinny O’Brien makes his return to take on Carlos Velez and roar back on track with his boxing career. He’ll be sharing the card at the Robert Treat Hotel with other young and up and coming New Jerseyite fighters like Tyrone Luckey and Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna.
Vinny isn’t your average 24 year old rookie fighter. In a day and age where many fighters are looking to perfect “flash” by doing their best Roy Jones Jr. or Prince Naseem Hamed impersonation, he instead is taking the time to learn the science behind boxing. Vinny O’Brien is an old soul and knows that a part of real success is longevity. Although he has always been a sponge for boxing information and a gym rat of sorts, he’s been getting away with his strength, size and sheer aggression in his bouts. However, his lost to Montalvo has been an eye opener for Team O’Brien and has been described by him as a “blessing in disguise”! He believes a loss this early in his career will keep him from establishing any bad habits that a lot of fighter’s tend to acquire through early and dominating success.
Vinny made it clear to me that he will not abandoned his come forward, fan-friendly style, but at the same time he understands and accepts that changes to his game are needed if he wants to succeed at this sports’ highest level. He plans to introduce his fellow New Jerseyites “Vinny O’Brien 3.0” tonight against Carlos Velez.
Although Carlos Velez will be making his pro debut, the old soul in Vinny knows that a debuting fighter doesn’t always mean a walk in the park. “Everybody’s got a reason to fight”, says Vinny. “I don’t overestimate anybody and I don’t underestimate anybody!”
Anyone who’s seen Vinny fight live or seen highlights of him fight know that he has the desire to succeed, the heart to fight and anyone who’s ever talked with him knows he has the maturity. If he can make the adjustments that he knows he needs to make, the chance that the boxing world may have something to look forward to with Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien is very high.
Carlos Velez may or may not be the man to put Vinny’s adjustments and new techniques to the test, but one thing is for sure, the crowd in Newark New Jersey will have a fun time finding out!
If you’re in the area go checkout the Wednesday Night Rumble. Doors open @ 630 with the first fight starting @ 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased @ the Boardwalk Saloon – 206 Bloomfield Ave.