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Monday, May 2, 2011


Welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien of East Hanover has exploded onto the boxing scene, winning his first two fights by way of TKO. The explosive 24-year-old fighter has already shown his power and determination, and looks to continue his winning streak May 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

O’Brien, who made his pro debut on PPV March 5, is looking forward to appearing on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights for the first time.

“I'm really excited about this opportunity and the ability to showcase my skills on a show that has such tradition in the boxing world,” said O’Brien. “I watch Friday Night Fights every week and I just want to go out there and show everyone who I am as fighter and what I can bring to this sport.”

O’Brien is quickly becoming a fan favorite to New Jersey boxing fans. In both of his first two fights he put on a performance that was reminiscent of a young Arturo Gatti. O’Brien was relentless with his attack and wore down his opponents punch by punch until each fight was ended.

Having garnered much attention on both a national and local level leading up to his professional debut and following his two TKO wins, O’Brien wants to continue putting on a show for his fans each time he steps into the ring.

“My fans are the best around and I don't think they understand how much I value their love and support for my dream, along with how much it pushes me in my training,” said O’Brien. “And come fight night, I want to be the hometown kid on this card and show ESPN how great my fans truly are. If you haven't come out to see me fight yet I just ask for this opportunity to come out so I can make you a fan. Thanks again to everyone who has shown continued support throughout my career.”

O’Brien trains under the watchful eye of former heavyweight knockout artist Lou Esa at Final Round Boxing in Whippany and works relentlessly to achieve his goal of becoming world champion in the near future.

“Boxing is my life, both in and out of the ring,” said O’Brien. “I want to bring class back to the sport, and I want boxing fans to look at the sport the way they did years ago. I know that boxing will always be a major part of my life.”

Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien is quickly becoming a household name and potentially may be the most exciting up-and-coming fighter boxing has seen in years. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch NJ’s welterweight prospect go to battle May 20 at the Prudential Center.

To purchase tickets contact Lou Esa at 973-885-7962. For more information on Vinny visit

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