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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 8, 2010 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. movie; "Cinderella Man!" Fighting, to per- severe. Ring Magazine, February 2010. In the Welterweights: The Champion is Vacant. #I. Manny Pacqniao USA 50-3-2 (38), #2. Shane Moseley USA 46-5 (39), #3. Floyd Mayweather USA 40-0 (25), #4. Miguel Cotto Puerto Rico 34-2 (27), #5. Joshua Clottey Ghana 35-3 (20), #6. Antonio Margarito Mexico 37-6 (27), #7. Andre Berto USA 25-0 (19), #8. Carlos Quintana Puerto Rico 26-2 (20), Luis Collazo USA 30-4 (15), 2010 Ring 4 Boston, new Board of Director members Tommy Martini and Joe Feeney. Happy New Year to all members of the Boxer Family, and to the readers of this article. Our prayers go out to all members and all, to have a good healthy 2010. God Bless you all. 2009, proved to be an intriguing year. Trainer Freddie Roach, has continually demonstrated that he is, one of the great trainers in Boxing. He's with protege, World Champion Manny Pacquiao. Also, there are many great Boxing writers, in the area; Ron Borges, Bob Benoit, Dan Couco, Rocky Cou- ture, Tony DeMarco, Mickey Finn, Bob Hanna, George Kimball, Austin Killeen, Tommy Lee, Jack Monroe, Ted Sares, Bob Treiger, and in memory, RIP Charlie "Punchlines" Ross. "I am thinking!" ?!%*&@ of "All Time 2010 Ring 4 Boston President Bobby Franklin and Recording Clerk John O'Brien. #10. Isaac Hlatswayo South Africa 29-1-1, (10). A total of 381 fights per fighter, averag- ing out to 38.1 fights per fighter. Ring Maga- zine February 1949. The Champion is Sugar Ray Robinson USA. His record was 93-1 (59) at the time he won the title. He's fought and beat Marty Servo (2), Fritzie Zivic (2), Sammy Angott, Jake LaMotta (5), Henry Armstrong, Tommy Bell, Kid Gavilan. The contenders, RIP Charlie "Punchlines" Ross with World Champion Great Carmen Basilio. GreatI" These words are said, all too often in Boxing. The Bible of Boxing Ring Maga- zine, has a great article. "Who would Win, and Why." "Floyd Mayweather vs. Ten All- Time Welterweight Greats." It's a very good article. Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather, is matched against Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Kid Gavilan, Sugar Ray Leonard, Charley Burley, Jose Napoles, Carmen Basilio, Emil Griffith, Thomas Hearns and Mickey Walker. Read it. It's a good article. Think of this. What if Floyd Mayweather de- feats Pacquiao? Is he the greatest? What if Manny Pacquiao wins? There's a lot more to winning, and being great. Look at fighters, and who they fought. Look at factors, such as nutrition, desire and evolution. Having done it before. Getting back up, after having been knocked down. The succeeding against struggles. Factors of the now. Remember the Ring 4 Boston past many times elected President Mickey Finn with 2010 Board of Director Member John Buddy Ford. Fighter Rich Gingras and Trainer, Writer Tommy Lee. at this time are: #1. Kid Gavilan Cuba 50-6-2 (16), #2. Bernard Docusen USA 74-10-6 (22), #3. Frankie Fernandez USA 29-8-I {18), #4. Johnny Greco Canada 78-18-5 (43), #5. Beau Jack USA 64-15-3 {36), #6. Eugene Burton USA 55-21-10 (12), #7. Johnny Cesario Hartford, CT. USA 87-14-4 {26), #8. Charley Fusari USA 65-12-1 (38), #9. Charley Williams USA 64-37-4 (9), #10. Tommy Bell USA, who won 59 out of 82 fights. He once scored 34 wins in a row and knocked out five opponents during a five day period. (Record information for 2010 fighters, In regards to 1949 fighters, are not similar. 2010 records are to the present date, and 1949 are career records.) Other world rated welterweights in 1949 were: #13. Ralph Zanneli Boston. Other tough Massachusetts Welterweights are: Dave /Uadrews Lowell, Jackie Wilson Quincy, Angel Chaves Spring- field, Johnny Parker Springfield, Leo Sawicki and Don Williams both of Worces- ter, Johnny Woods Boston, Joe Carey Somerville, Vince CaUahan Boston, Tiger Flowers Worcester, Johnny Freeman Fall River, Johnny Luz New Bedford, Johnny Mack Springfield, Charlie Pappas Boston, Billy Paul Roxbury, Lou Paul Boston, Frankie Ross Boston, Jimmy Sauer Cam- bridge, Danny Shea Worcester, Billy Smith Medford, Oscar St. Pierre Fall River, Ray Sykes Boston, Herb Tessier Springfield and Izzy Vaccari Boston. I find it interesting to point out the similarities of present 2010 Boxers and those of the 1949 era. Do you no- tice any factors that would enhance one era over the other? Ring 4 Boston Veteran Boxers Association Officers for 2010 are: Bobby Franklin Presi- dent, John O'Brien Recording Clerk, and Board of Directors are Tommy Martini, Joe Feeney, Mike Mullen and John Buddy Ford. Congratulations and good luck in 2010. By the time you read this it will probably be just a memory -- with nothing to indicate what really took place there. I get that feeling at this time during the year when I approach the TD Garden. It's not about the Garden. It's the area in front of it -- a park- ing lot. It wasn't always such a mundane place, of course. Once it was a place where history was created. On the very spot where people now park cars, athletes once pur- sued their dreams and faith- ful fans from throughout New England descended on the area to watch them do so. But now, no tangible evi- dence of that remains. College students often ask me where the old Boston Gar- den was located. I tell them right in front of the present Garden -- the black topped parking lot that fronts on Causeway Street. It's hard for them to visualize, of course. There's no tangible evidence -- not even a plaque -- that such a structure ever existed. Once, when Celtics legend Larry Bird returned as the then coach of his home state Indiana Pacers, he was asked if being in the Garden -- and he was standing in the new one that opened in Septem- ber, 1995 -- brought back memories. He responded that it did not because all of what he and the Celtics of the 1980's and early 1990's accomplished took place in the original Gar- den, the area that had been turned into the aforemen- tioned parking lot. Nothing he or his teammates will ever be remembered for took place in the new Garden. We bring this up in the af- terglow of the recently played NHL Winter Classic at Fenway because we feel that the B's victory over the Flyers on New Year's Day -- and Marco Sturm's memorable -- some would say historic -- winning goal in overtime run the risk of not having a tangible me- morial that will perpetuate the memories of that day. One of the things about Fenway is that the playing field itself serves as a memo- rial. Baseball players from past eras can return and point to the exact place on the field where a certain historic play took place. The physical structure may have changed somewhat but the field is es- sentially the same. A week or two from now, when all remnants and traces of hockey have been removed and the historic dia- mond venue is once more returned to its primary iden- tity as a baseball park, what tangible evidence will there be that such an historic event as the Winter Classic ever took place there? Of course, a CD undoubt- edly will be produced and game highlights will be housed at appropriate sites on the Internet. But beyond that what else might the hockey powers consider doing so that the importance and memory of this historic occa- sion will not fade away? Let's face it. With the num- ber of cold weather franchises in the National Hockey League, it's probably going to be quite a few years before the Winter Classic returns to the Hub. Memories are all we are going to have for quite some time. One way to commemorate the event might be to have an annual tribute to the con- test. A fitting time would be during the baseball season -- say the Red Sox home game nearest July 1 -- that day be- ing the half year anniversary of the game. Bring back some of the play- ers and coaches from both teams that participated in the event. Acknowledge them in a pre-game ceremony. Such an occasion need not be long. But it could be meaningful. In addition, the players and coaches could be available for interviews by baseball radio and TV play-by-play announc- ers. They are always looking for ways to add to their com- mentary. They are, as one writer so aptly put it a num- ber of years ago, the "story- tellers." The players and coaches might also be made available for autographs and photographs with fans as part of a community relations program. Another way to commemo- rate the game might be for the Bruins to wear the 2010 Winter Classic jersey for the first home game of every New Year -- a wonderful way of recalling the event as the years roll by. Permission will probably be required by the NHL, of course, since the league would undoubtedly wish to market the Winter Classic attire for that given year. But if the wearing of it was restricted to only the Bru- ins players -- without repli- cas being sold -- then such an occasion should not un- dercut the retailing effort. Hopefully, also, there would be some physical reminder of the event placed within the confmes of Fenway Park. This could be an appropriate plaque or a gallery of framed photo- graphs mounted on the walls in high traffic areas. We say high traffic areas because some of the best pho- tographs of events at Fenway are on the walls in the press box area -- wonderful for writ- ers and broadcasters but es- sentially off limits to every- one else. We think a more pubic display for Winter Clas- sic mementos would be much more appropriate. Also, let's not forget the New England Sports Museum, lo- cated within the TD Garden. Several items of memorabilia from the Classic should be sent its way for permanent display, not just because the event was a memorable mo- ment in the sports history of the region, but also because it involved the Bruins, an Original Six member of the NHL and a franchise that plays its home games just steps from the museum's ex- hibit area. The Winter Classic -- gone but certainly not forgotten.