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Page 12 BOSTON POST-GAZE'I'rE, JANUARY 6, 2012 aldo Oliveira, Jr. "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!" How to make Society Better-- More Fight Family Gyms Let's also Increase the Number of Fight-cards in Boston! A Boxer Versus the Ultimate Fighter? Hmmm??? I Go with the Boxer. Let Me Reword That. I Go With The "X-treme Boxed" I'm watching: "Cage Fighting in the USA" At the Fights in Gloucester, Massachusetts Happy New Year Fight Family. Members: Did you have some "Punch!" on New Year's.  We're now in the year 2012. What should we expect? Were you naughty or nice in 20117 Did you do as you did to make the life of others better or worse? We'll see what's in store for you in the year 2012. Believe in God. He is the caretaker of the world. Please remember "God does not sleep:" A word of advice to society. More Fight Fam- ily Gyms should be encouraged and promoted. Many might see that as a throwback to the Gladiator days. Quite the contrary. Society has developed in a way to take the control out of self driven motivated people. Taking the drive away from hard working, hard driven people is un-American. Individuals honestly fight for what they have[ That's American! I remember as a child looking up to great American heroes: Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, John Wayne, Paul Pender, Jim Brown, John F. Kennedy, Julius Caesar, Tony DeMarco, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, John L. Sullivan, my parents Reinaldo, Sr., and Jennie Oliveira, uncles Frank and John Barboza, who both served in WWII. My grandparents came from the Cape Verde Islands in 1902 and 1904. We have devel- oped into a society that does not encourage being strong, athletic and successful. We have developed into a society that cares for everyone else but ourselves. America: Re- member, that Throwing a fight is illegal! Stop throwing the fighting spirit of America away. Wake up and be tough and strong. As they say in Boxing, "You can never tell a great fighter, till they get knocked down:" I recommend more individuals getting in- volved in going to fight gyms. More smokers at local fight gyms. More families encour- aging those around them to go to local fight gyms. Let's have fight teams competing against other fight teams. Start arranging your fight teams. If one team has 20 mem- bers, and another only has 8 members, ar- range competition between 8 members and give points to the individual and team. At the end of the season, crown the Fight Championship Team (most points) and Crown Championship Team Members who fought and won their individual league title. Give second and third place points-to those who place in that position. Have team schedules. Have team fights at the local gym or at a location that can accommodate pay- ing spectators. More fight gyms develop char- acter and respect for others. Remember that confrontations are usually started by the person that knows they will lose and not win the fight on the street. Usually fights on the street are started by chumps. Either they start a fight with someone they know can beat them up, to get them in trouble, or they start with someone who can't fight and is weak, to hopefully gain a victory. People that usually start fights are chumps. They in- sult and prey upon others, who they know can beat them, to get the other person in trouble. Law enforcement gets called and upon arrival reacts as they feel they should. Arresting, summoning or lodging a com- plaint on those called on. I fee! that more fight family gyms should be opened? I feel that weasels could be brought back to real- ity. Wouldn't it be better if someone wanted to actually confront another in a physical fight-match to say "Hey[" Let's go to the gym and settle our differences[" Case closed. No one gets in trouble. Both agreed to go to a gym. Street problems decrease. I find that a high percentage of people lodg- ing complaints are in fact perpetrators of incidents. That's their strength. They get you in trouble[ It's sad that others fall for it. "Ding, Ding[" A message to "Boston[" The Boston area has been a major Fight Capital throughout the history of fighting. World Champions and contenders: John L. Sullivan, Rocky Marciano, Paul Pender, Tony DeMarco, Joe DeNucci, Kenny Florian and others. Come on. Let's do it again. Many of the greatest in fight history have come from the Boston area. The equation of success has been ac- cumulated through the efforts of the many great fighters, great trainers and great pro- moters who've entertained and added to our history. Do it again. Now to the subject of "The X-treme Boxer versus The Ultimate Fighter." I believe a style called "X-treme Boxing!" is the best style for the MMA, and Cage Fighting. I would like to demonstrate this style. A style developed while I fought over the years. Okay I wasn't what you call a great boxer. I was a pretty good fighter. I thank the many over the years who've contributed to my "fighting skill[" I also thank St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. Recently in the hospital I received great care in 2011. My nose was cared for and made better. Gain- ing more than what I've lost. God blessed me with strength. I can breathe better out of my nose. I could not breathe out of my nose from December 1958 to the two recent medical procedures I had on my nose in the last two years. I've had another nasal airway opened somewhat. I want to fight. I don't blame losses for not being able to breathe out of my nose. I give credit to my tough opponents left hooks, right hands and their great ability. My two medical proce- dures in the last couple of years have given me "new life[" I've gained more than what I've lost. Talking wi:h Jimbo Curran, one of the great trainers at The Peter Welch Gym in South Boston. He spoke of two fighters that he's high promise on: James Murrin and Matt Finny, both of South Boston. "Cage Fighting in the USA." 45 states now allow MMA fights and over 2.5 million Americans trained or fought in MMA. Mixed Martial Arts consists of boxing, wrestling, jiu jujitsu and other fight styles. On this pro- gram Women Mixed Martial Artist Emma put it well, "Thinks anybody that has the courage to get up and actually get into a ring is already a winner. So it doesn't matter if you win or lose a fight. If you have the cour- age to get up there in front of a crowd and put yourself out there like you're a bad ass, then you've proved yourself." In Gloucester, a fundraiser fight for the Gloucester Public School Athletic Program by Granite Chin/Danny Kelly Promotions. Presented for your entertainment: Derek Silveira 6-0, 2 KO's won the New England Welterweight title when he defeated Josh Beeman 4-11-3, 3 KO's, by scores of 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75. On the undercard Junior Welter Augustine Mauras kept his unde- feated 3-0-1, 2 KO record intact. He defeated 2-13-1 Noel Gareia by way of a convincing decision. Carlos Candelario Jr. of Lowell started his career victoriously, by defeating Jesus Cintron 0-1-1 of Springfield via 1st round TKO. Lightweight Carlos Hernandes who was scheduled to fight Edwin Rosado left town an hour before the show was to begin. He was a No Show. Andre Ward 25-0, 13 KO's won the The Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic Final Title. He convincingly defeated Carl Froch 28-2, 20 KO's by 12 round decision. Andre Ward is also the 2004 Athens Greek Olympic Gold Medal Light Heavyweight Champion. He's from Dublin, California. He's the Ring Magazine, WBC, WBA and Showtime Super Six Super Middleweight World Champion. WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Donny LaLonde. His T.K.O.O.O. Initiative to help boxers suffering the effects of their career in the ring. There are many who give back to the Fight Family World. He's one. The picture captured her in midair, it did, her knees bent back in a midjump with a big smile on her face. Her hair was blowing in the wind and there she was, strumming her hockey stick as ff it was a guitar. That picture, one of women's hockey star Angela Ruggiero, ran with the an- nouncement in USA Today that she is retiring from the sport as an athlete after 16 years as a defensive player with the U.S. National Team, a span that saw her partici- pate in a record 256 games. But what it really depicted was that free spirit, the idea that someone could still play a sport for fun, for enjoyment, for pleasure. You see, at age 32 Angela Ruggiero (her birthday was January 3) is not just retir- ing, she is retiring as essen- tially an amateur -- after an outstanding college career and that long run with Team USA that saw her post 208 points for the Red, White and Blue via 67 goals and 141 assists. Sure, she had played briefly with her brother Bill with the Tulsa Oilers -- a minor league team and yes, she had played in the Canadian Women's Hockey League but in essence there were no huge checks and the biggest paydays came from time well spent in the sport she loved. And therein is the reason that separates her from many quality athletes today. She engaged in an activity for pure enjoyment, not because there was a financial fortune waiting for her at some point along the way. There weren't any strikes, lockouts, holdouts, negotia- tions over contract clauses or moaning and groaning over the financial terms of a pact. There was just hockey for the love of it. She played hockey at Harvard -- a school that doesn't offer athletic scholar- ships -- all four years. Play would be an understatement since all she did was to cap her collegiate career in her senior season by earning the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the most outstand- ing women's collegiate player in America in 2004. That's the equivalent of college football's Heisman Trophy for women's college hockey. That award added to the honors already bestoWed: be- ing named the No. 1 female hockey player in the world by The Hockey News in 2003 and the No. 1 women's player in America by USA Hockey in both 2003 and 2004. Oh, and in the classroom she also was an all-star -- earning first team Academic All-America honors in 2004 when she graduated cum laude with a degree in gov- ernment -- as well as being named one of the top eight student athletes in the entire NCAA that year. She's also recently earned a degree in sport management from the University of Minnesota. In international competi- tion she competed in four Winter Olympics, winning the gold medal with Team USA in Nagano, Japan in 1998, a silver in 2002, a bronze in 2006 and another silver in 2010 when the Olympics were held in Turin, Italy. She also won the 2005 Women's World Ice Hockey Championship for Team USA when she scored the decid- ing goal in a shootout. Each of those Olympic teams was put together in the classic way -- a summer training camp followed by a fall and early winter tour when the team would play various college and all-star teams in the style of the 1980 men's Miracle on Ice gold medal squad. Today, only the women use this method, the men's team being comprised of NHL stars who come together on the eve of the games. Perhaps those teams are dream teams but it only the women who are living the dream in the clas- sic style. In recent times she's been named to the International Olympic Committee's Ath- letes' Commission as well as the IOC Evaluation Commis- sion, a group that will evalu- ate sites for future games. She also is presently serving an eight-year term on the U.S. Olympic Committee. In addition, she also has applied to Harvard's well-known MBA program and is evaluating employment opportunities. This past October she was inducted into the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Chicago. She told USA Today that she felt she could make the 2014 Olympic Team that will play in Sochi, Russia. "I'm not declining in my playing. For me, I've always felt like 100 percent is required no mat- ter what you are doing." Given her other duties she added: "I don't think it would be fair for me to play on a team if I was not 100 percent dedicated." Some will say that life has been unfair to her -- that if there was a WNHL and she had been paid a high salary she could well be retiring as a millionaire. But that's not necessarily the way she looks at it. Vhen I was training and feeling the pressure, I always reminded myself that I was exactly where I wanted to be: enjoy- ing myself and playing the sport I love." Through hockey, Angela Ruggiero furthered her edu- cation at one of America's best colleges, was able to travel to many distant lands all expenses paid and was able to participate in the world's finest athletic show- case -- the Olympic Games. Along the way she didn't pick up many paychecks but she had the best of experi- ences. And you couldn't put a fmancial value on them. They went beyond any monetary value that could have been assigned. They, like her life achievements thus far, are priceless.