Joe O’Malley is lacing up the boxing gloves to raise money for a good cause.
O’Malley- an Event Services Manager at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority – has signed on to Haymakers for Hope, a group that hosts charity boxing matches to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, supporting cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
On Thursday, June 23, O’Malley and over two dozen boxers will fight three two-minute rounds at the Castle at Boston Park Plazaon Arlington Street in downtown Boston.
Tickets to the event are $75 each and O’Malley’s goal is to raise $1,000 for the Jimmy Fund.
The 29 year old O’Malley, from Dorchester’s Savin Hill, is in the heavyweight division and comes to boxing with some solid family pedigree. He counts as one of his relatives Sean Mannion, the Irish boxer whose bout against Mike McCallum for the world title in 1984 is part of boxing lore.
O’Malley’s father, Peter, from Rosmuc in County Galway, is involved with the Mike Flaherty Boxing Club in Connemara. On his mother’s side, the O’Donnell family hails from nearby Carraroe, Connemara, also a fertile ground for boxing.
O’Malley, who trains at the Peter Welch Gym in South Boston, enjoys putting his athletic skills to good use helping others. He recently ran a 9K race for the Boston Red Sox Foundation's charity Run for Home Base, to raise funds for veterans with combat stress and/or traumatic brain injuries.
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