Gillette Stadium to host boxing

Fights at big outdoor stadiums are mainly a thing of the past in the United States, although there was a major fight at Yankee Stadium in 2010 when Miguel Cotto stopped Yuri Foreman to win a junior middleweight title.

Now there will be another, as junior welterweight Danny O'Connor is scheduled to headline a mini card at Gillette Stadium -- home of the NFL's New England Patriots and MLS' New England Revolution -- in Foxboro, Mass., on Aug. 12. It will be the first time a boxing event has been held at the stadium.

The 27-year-old O'Connor (17-1, 5 KOs), a former two-time U.S. national amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympic alternate from Framingham, Mass., will face Eddie Soto (12-4, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event.

The Revolution, along with promoter Lou DiBella, are putting on the three-fight card, which will be an added bonus for fans already at the stadium for the Revolution game against the Montreal Impact. Following the soccer game, at approximately 9 p.m., there will be three fights, including O'Connor's main event. The ring will be set up in the end zone behind the Revolution's goal.

"I'm a big New England Revolution fan, and since the first second I met everyone involved in the Revs organization, staff and players have been amazing and treated me like family," said O'Connor, who is training in Houston. "I'm honored and proud to be fighting alongside these great players and their fans. I'm very happy to be part of the Revs' family and to showcase my talents after the Revs' game at Gillette Stadium."