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Bracero braces for spotlight

Gabriel Bracero (L) and Danny O'Connor pose for

Gabriel Bracero (L) and Danny O'Connor pose for Friday night bout. (4/7/0211). Credit: SHOWTIME / Tom Casino

From trouble to stardom, Brooklyn junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero’s climb back into boxing relevancy has been both steady and positive.

The talented 30-year-old will get a chance to show the boxing community just how dangerous he is on Friday night when he takes on undefeated Danny O’Connor in an eight-round junior welterweight bout from Laredo, Texas. The bout will be broadcast on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Bracero was out of boxing for eight years after a stint in prison. It's been all roses since his return to the ring in 2009. Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) has been fighting on Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” cards out of B.B. King’s in New York City.

“This is the biggest fight of my career, fighting on Showtime. It’s very important to me. I’m training hard and I’m focused,” said Bracero. “I feel like this is destiny and it’s the perfect time because I’m ready for it. I’m in great shape. I was ready two weeks ago.”

In many ways, this could be Bracero’s last chance to really make a splash. Fighting on Friday means he’ll have the stage all to himself. A bad showing against O’Connor could turn off the TV networks as well as promoters from featuring him on future televised bouts.

It’s apparent, however, that Bracero understands this and will make the most of the opportunity.

“This fight will be the best performance of my career because I’ve waited so long for it,” he said. “When you’ve waited as long as I have, every fight is a dream come true.”

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