Palmer returns to the ring in Saturday fight card in Boston

Donnie Palmer in training at the Dorchester Boxing Club. Photo by Bill Forry

Heavyweight boxer Donnie Palmer will make his first return to the ring tomorrow after a long comeback from a shooting incident that nearly claimed his life last July. Palmer, 31, will battle Houston Crayton (1-5-0) in a bout that is part of a large boxing card at Club Royale on Tremont Street in Boston. It is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Palmer, a former Olympic hopeful who chalked up an impressive 74-11 record as an amateur— including a stint on the US Army team— was on a tear in his pro career until the incident. Palmer, who is 6'-10" and 250 pounds, was 4-0 with three straight knockouts. He was shot outside a house on Park Street last July after an alleged argument nvolving a relative and the alleged shooter escalated into a street fight. Palmer was hospitalized for weeks from a single gunshot wound that cause serious internal damage.

In a story in the Dec. 23 Reporter, Palmer— who trains at the Dorchester Boxing Club in Fields Corner— discussed his drive to get back to the sport he loves.

“My immediate goal is to keep the knockout streak rolling,” said Palmer. “Then I want to win all the heavyweight titles and bring them all back to America. BWC, IBF. I want all of them.”

Palmer will not be the only Dorchester attraction on Saturday.

Brian Walsh, a 21 year-old Adams Corner native, will take on his first professional bout in an undercard.

To get tickets for the event, call 617-842-7203.

Donnie Palmer on Park Street, near the scene of his July 2014 shooting: Read the original Reporter story on Palmer's return.Donnie Palmer on Park Street, near the scene of his July 2014 shooting: Read the original Reporter story on Palmer's return.

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