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..... :::::::: ': i i;''' . " : i : Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 14, 2011 CORNER by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. The Highest of Praise for the Fighter Family "FIGHTERS[" for 2011. Kicks Off with "Fist & KicksF in Las Vegas Also, Remembering Minnie Curto of East Boston and Kevin Dorian of South Boston By the Way, I Went to the Movies and Saw a Great Movie Called "The FighterP I Felt Like Shadow Boxing in the Aisles. I Think I Did. Are You as Tough as You "Think" You Are??? New Year 2011 Kicks off with Fist & Kicks. Fighter Family Fist & Kicks are fly- ing high at the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas. Fighters Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fight to a draw in an action packed back and forth fight. They fought to a 48-46, 46-48, 47-47 crowd pleasing entertaining draw that kept the viewers on the edge of their seats. Chris Leben lost to Brian Stann by way of a TKO at 3:37 of the first. Chris Leben is a tough warrior that always gives it his best. Thiago Silva defeated Brandon Vera by a convincing unanimous decision. Nate Diaz lost. He was defeated by undefeated Dong Hyun Kim by decisions of 29-28 on all three score- cards. Then always tough favorite Clay "The Carpen- ter" Guida did "finish work~ and defeated Takanori Gomi by tap-out at 4:27 of the second. Jeremy Stephens defeated in "Knockout of the Night" by the always tough Marcus Davis. Josh Grispi lost by convincing 30-27 decisions from all three judges to Dustin Poirier. Brad Tavares defeats "New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni by TKO in one. A 16-1 Diego Nunes won over Mike Brown by decision. Daniel Roberts wins over Greg Soto by tap- out and Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann wins over Antonio McKee. Emmanuel Stewart of Detroit will train former WBC and IBF light-heavy- weight Champion Chad Dawson. I SAW "THE FIGHTERF' What a great movie "The Fighter" is. A movie that captures your attention from start to finish. It did so with me. In my opinion it is award worthy. Every single moment of this movie was great. I paid complete attention to it and the audi- ence did too. This movie was well acted. They did a great job, very realistic, and convincing throughout. World Champion Irish Micky Ward was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg. Irish Micky Ward won the WBU world title on March 11, 2000 from Shea Neary in the United Kingdom. Christian Bale acted the part of Dickie Eklund. Both favorite sons of Lowell. Dick Eklund fought World Champion Sugar Ray Leonard on duly 18, 1978 in Boston. While walking out after the movie, I asked some of the patrons what they thought of this movie? "Great: .... Well played!" "Exciting:" Great charac- ters!" Personally I saw this movie as very well done and exciting. A fight family from "Fight City Lowell." Both to be eternally remembered in history. My congratulations "The Fighter" World Champion Irish Micky Ward. The movie on you is great: to these two great Irish lads. Micky Ward, Dickie Eklund, and to Fight City Lowell. They were on screen too. "There they are!" "IN THIS CORNERF' From East Boston is Vinnie Curto. He retired with a great record of 62710-3, 26 KO's. He fought the iron of his day: Vito Antuofermo, Rodrigo Valdez, Bennie Briscoe, Willie Classen, Terry Daniels, Tommy Hicks, Tony Licata, Carlos Marks and Chong Pal Parks, for the IBF super middle- weight title of the world. They fought in South Korea. Vinnie was an undefeated fighter early in his career. He started his career on October 10, 1972 as a light heavyweight. His early pro- fessional record was 17-0, with 7 KO's. As an unde- feated fighter Vinnie fought the best. He has no fear of any fighter. I sparred with Vinnie and spoke with him on many occasions in his training camp in Falmouth. I helped him prepare for his fight in Boston with Bad Bennie Briscoe. Vinnie is very crafty. He's very hard to hit. Did you know that he defeated Terry Daniels in his 13th professional fight, November 20, 1973. That's the same Terry Daniels who fought Smokin Joe Frazier for the World Heavyweight Title. Vinnie Curto also de- feated Bennie Briscoe at the Hynes Auditorium in Boston on December 15, 1980. This was a very good fight card. Promoted by John Gagliardi. Johnny Gag ran many good fight cards. Gentleman Jim McNally and I fought on this fight card. I lost by a TKO at 2:58 in the i0th round. Gentleman Jim is a gentle- man except in the ring, where he's a tough "fighter," the real deal. From South Boston we have Kevin Dorian. Kevin is a tough Southie fighter. He retired with a great record of 22-4-3, 9 KO's. As I said earlier ... "He's another tough Southie fighter." He fought many tough local fighters. Get this, Kevin Dorian was also very suc- cessful in fights outside of New England. As a matter of fact he was undefeated outside of New England. On May 2, 1973 he fought a draw with George Reilly in Scranton, Pennsylvania. On May 24, 1973, he won by decision over George Snyder in Scranton, Pennsylvania. On July 7, 1973, he defeated Ramon De Jesus by decision- at the Felt Forum in New York. On August 22, 1973 v on by decision over Herman Nance in Pennsyl- vania and then on Septem- ber 24, 1973, he fought a draw with Joe Grier in New York. As I said, he's undefeated outside of New England. That's quite an ac- complishment. Very few fighters can say that. In Heavyweight news, Wladimir Klitschko won't fight David Haye. Why is that? Hmmm. Fighter and WBA Heavyweight champion David Haye has a great 25-1, 23 KO record. "Hmmm?" I think I got it! UFC star Chuck Liddell hangs up his gloves. Chuck Liddell is a great fighter. He retired with a great 21-8 ultimate fight record. _He's a UFC light-heavy- " weight champion who de- fended his title four times. That's quite an accomplish- ment. He's surely going to be missed. Good luck in retirement. The "Fight" business includes some of the most honorable genuine individu- als in existence. Facing an individual face to face and fighting them. That's quite an accomplishment. A true demonstration of courage and guts. Boxers, wrestlers, ultimate fighters, martial artist and all, have my ad- miration. If the world were full of fighters it would be a better world. Face to face confrontations. Not behind the back, as wannabes do by want, words, weapons, whimpering and waffling. Warriors face one another, face to face in a cage, ring or mat. "Go to a gym if you're as tough as you think you are" "Ding!" We send Boxer Family condolences on the passing of Bennie Briscoe of Phila- delphia. Now in that golden ring in heaven refereed by God. Bennie Briscoe fought in a tough era of middle- weights. Fighting the greats: Vito Antuofermo, George Benton, Vinnie Curto, Emil Griffith, Eugene Hart, Carlos Monzon, Tony Mundine, Luis Rodriguez, Rodrigo Valdez to name a few. We also send condolences to Angelo Dundee on the loss of his wife of nearly 59 years Helen Dundee. God bless you all. Our prayers are with you all, always. Rest in Peace. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss A THREE-TIME WINNER -- That's what Brnins goalie Tim Thomas will have a chance to become if he is the winning goaltendef in this year's NHL All-Star Game, set for January 30. The game will be played at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina -- the home of the Carolina Hurricanes. Thomas was named to the All-Star roster on January 11. He was the winning goaltender in both the 2008 and 2009 All-Star games. On the day he was se- lected, Thomas was leading all NHL netminders in goals against average (1.84) and in save percentage (.944). He also was tied for the lead in shutouts this season with five and had an 18-4-6- record. He is one of the main reasons that the Bruins have remained a contender for a Stanley Cup playoff berth this year. Take away of those victories and the B's could well have slipped below the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference -- the cutoff line that deter- mines which teams will participate in the playoffs and which will not advance beyond the conclusion of the regular season. Also named to the squad was Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. A stalwart on de- fense, Chara wa leading all Bruins skaters in time on ice per game (26:38) on the day he was selected. He also had six goals and 12 assists for a total of 18 points. Chara will be making his fifth appearance in the All-Star game. He has been the winner of the hardest shot competition for three straight years. Those ac- complishments came in the SuperSkills portion of All- Star weekend, traditionally held the night before the All-Star game itself. In 2009, Chara set the record for the hardest shot {105.4 MPH). Chara will be joined in this year's competition by team- mate Tyler Seguin, one of 12 rookies named to partici- pate in the SuperSkills por- tion of All-Star Weekend. Seguin had six goals and eight assists at the time he was selected, putting him in the top 15 in both goals and points among all NHL rookies. In addition, former Bruin Phil Kessel, now with the Toronto Maple Leafs, also was named to the All-Star roster. In a departure from prior years, the Eastern Confer- ence versus Western Con- ference format has been dropped in favor of a draft from a pool of 42 players that have been named to the All- Star roster. The draft to determine team rosters will take place two nights before the All- Star game and will be na- tionally televised by Versus. Each team will consist of three goalies, six defense- men and 12 forwards. This will be the 58 All- Star game put on by the NHL. DOC RIVERS ON WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING ON DEFENSE -- "When the ball moves the number one thing we have to get -- and we talk about this a lot is multiple stops. When we get that it allows us to get easy baskets. When we get easy baskets, and the way we pass the ball in our sets, then we're really good." BUT IF IT DOESN'T HAPPEN -- After the loss to Houston, a team that entered the game in last place in the Southwest Di- vision, Rivers had this to say: "I told our guys that I thought overall it was our worst defensive effort in three or four years as far as overall effort. And it's on our starters. It's not on the second unit. I told our start- ers that when we are down players like we are with Kendrick Perkins, Delonte West and Kevin Garnett out, our second unit needs your help. They need to play well, to give them a cushion. It shouldn't be the other way around. It was just a disap- pointing game for us. You know it's mental and it starts with me. I've got to somehow figure out a way of getting them to see the urgency of the whole season and not the single game. And to me, you can see them thinking about the indi- vidual game and not the ramifications of the entire season -- like playing Game Seven on the road. And not just in the Finals but in the playoffs -- especially in the East, which is going to be difficult. If you don't have home court this year, you could go home." r Show your love on by posting a sentiment in the Post-Gazette For details call 617-227.8929