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I @ Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 15, 2010 00NER TALK Mark DeLuca and son Mark DeLuca, a Marine. January 22, at the ROXY! I call it, "Ham- mer Time" in Boston. Jimmy Burchfleld, and CES presents to you undefeated Ihmame Hank Lundy 16-0-1, I0 KO's. He battles it out with the also undefeated Brad Solomon 9-0, 3 KO's, in a I0 round battle. Eliminate your opponents "O". The ques- tion? Whose "O" will go? This fight pits legitimate prospects together. In a 6 round co-feature, Quincy Iraqi War Veteran Chris Traietti 8-I, 5 KO's, mixes it up with Lawrence Super-Middleweight Eddie Caminero 5-3, 5 KO's. Then undefeated, 2008 U.S. Olympic alternative Danny O'Connor at 10-0, 3 KO's of Framingham, fights it out with the 14-15-I, 5 KO's, former Canadian Champion Darelle "Red" Sukerow. There's more. Two top fighters in Peabody Welterweight Simeon Dunwell i0-I, 3 KO's, and Josh "Barn Barn" Beeman 4-5-3, 2 KO's do battle. Boston Light-Heavy- weight Maceo Crowder I-0, 1 KO, (whose brother is Demetrius Andrade) faces New Haven's pro-debuting Greg McCoy. Two undefeated prospects. Quincy Junior- Lightweight Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczewski at 6-0, 2 KO's and Hartford Middleweight David Bauza 3-0, 3 KO's, are scheduled to fight in separate 4-round bouts. There are some authentic prospects, on this fight card. Check it out, at the Roxy. What are they thinking? What game are they playing? Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather, or call it Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Take a blood test. Use it as a motivation to really kick butt. Especially if either of you are in pursuit of recognition as the greatest? This is a much needed victory to your resume. Then when and if you win, be strong and persevere on. Remember, sometimes playing to many games backfires. Read Eric Berne. You are both great fighters. The greatest of all time? I don't think so. You haven't proven it yet. Many of the greatest fighters in professional Boxing have been from the mid-weight classes. The Middleweights/Welterweights. They hit hard like a Heavyweight and are fast like a Lightweight. Many list Sugar Ray Robinson, as the greatest pound for pound fighter in professional Boxing history. He probably was! He has a record of 202 total bouts, winning 109 by knockout, 66 by deci- sion, 6 draws, lost 8 by decision, 1 by foul, KO'd once, in his fight with World Light- Heavyweight champion Joey Maxim for the title, and he fought one no decision. In his record are fighters: Sammy Angott 2, Marty Servo 2, Fritzie Zivic 2, Jake LaMotta 6, Jackie Wilson 2, Ralph Zannelli, Henry Armstrong, Izzy Jannazzo 2, Georgie Mar- tin, Tommy Bell 2, Vic Dellicurti, Kid Gavilan 2, Robert Villemain 2, Joe Rindone, Carl BoBo Olson 4, Bobby Dykes, Holly Mimms, Randy Turpin 2, Rocky Graziano, Joey Maxim, Joe Rindone, Ralph Jones, Rocky Castellani, Gene Fullmer 4, Carmen Basilio 2, Paul Pender 2, Denny Moyer, Terry Downes 2, Ralph Dupas, Joey Giardello and Joey Archer. A total of 34 fights with fight- ers, who were world champions at one time or the other. He had almost the same amount of fights with champions as they had total fights. Paul Pender of Brookline is the only fighter in professional boxing history to defeat the great Sugar Ray Robinson, back to back. Another factor I notice is that World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco fought the same Carmen by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Basilio that defeated Sugar Ray Robinson, for the Middleweight title. Both fights went into the 12 th round, as is the length of the fights now. I don't think, they would have been able to go through the "Fury", deliv- ered by the "Fame and Fury of Fleet Street." World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco. He would have a field day, with 12-round Welterweight title bouts. "Bang, pow, bam." I can hear Tony now. "Yo JanetU' with his hands raised in victory. Boxers serving the United States now, in our Mili- tary: Ryan Long and Chris Swift both U.S. Army. Tom Canavan, Joey Canale, Mark DeLuea Jr., and Matt DeLuca, serv- ing in the U.S. Ma- rine Corps, and in our U.S. Navy, Shawn Mullen. We salute you. Thank Ryan Long, a Soldier you, from America. Let us say our prayers for Boxer Family Members: Jerry Forte, Steven Fratalia, Richard Hand, Lawrence Kelly, Vinny Marino, Bill McCluskey. Terry Nelson and Barbara Sarno. All are on the mend, after resent medical setbacks. Our prayers are with you all for a speedy and great medical recovery. God Bless you all. Dennis Marrese continues with his great times in Boxing. On February 20 th, there will be a special tribute to the great AIlie Colombo. Trainer, neighbor and friend to The Rock. A Trainer to the 49-0-0, 43 Kayo great Rocky Marciano. The only undefeated Heavyweight Champion, in professional Boxing history. This will be presented at Joe Aagelo's in Brockton. Many keynote speak- ers and guest Peter Marciano, the brother of the Rock, will be present. "Battle of the BadgesI" Coming soon. You want to see action? "Come on down!" I'll keep you updated. The Bible of Box- ing. "The Ring," February 2010 has a great article titled, "Suitcase Sam" Silverman The Man Who Out- foxed Sugar Ray World Champion Robinson. It's a Tony DeMarco great article. Many local fight names and pictures in this wonderful article. Sub- way Sam Silverman, World Champions Paul Pender, Sugar Ray Robinson, Tony DeMarco, Rip Valenti, John Buckley, Bud Collins and Rose Pender. This article was written by Don Stradley of Massachusetts. Check it out. It's great. The greats in Allie Colombo, Rocky Marciano, and Charlie Goldman. With a little over 11 min- utes left in the second period of the Boston College-Boston University outdoor mens hockey game at Fenway Park it was announced in the press box that "the folks on the other side of the glass are now enjoying a tempera- ture of 19 degrees with a wind chill of 7 degrees." And yes, it was lightly snowing. For years the NCAA has promoted the Division I mens national semifinals as the Frozen Four but it has been an event not accu- rately described. Played at indoor venues where ther- mometer readings in the seating areas might not differ all that much from traditional room tempera- tures, it was and continues to be one of winter's culmi- nating events -- bringing to a conclusion the dormant season and hinting at a spring of revival to follow. But it was far from frozen and often sported thermom- eter readings that seemed more common to northern Florida. On the second Friday of January, however, several months removed from the strong summer sun that fans of day games bask in at the old ball park, a true Frozen Four, deserving of the appellation and played under conditions deserving of that title, took place on Yawkey Way. For the first time there was a genuine Frozen Four -- two college hockey games were played on an outdoor frozen surface in the proverbial Hub of Hockey. Lest you think that the conditions mentioned in the introduc- tory paragraph were harsh, let's just say that they did not affect attendance at this extraordinary event. All seats were sold and during the evening it was an- nounced that some 38,472 hardy souls were on hand, making it the largest crowd to ever witness a college hockey event in the eastern United States. In fact, the scene was blessed with just enough snow to paint a midwinter portrait of perfection across the whitened landscape, lending an almost story book atmosphere to the proceed- ings. It was as if Mother Nature had organized a splendid place setting for the whole affair. A week earlier, of course, the Bruins and the Philadel- phia Flyers had faced off in the NHL's Winter Classic at Fenway, a day that by com- parison featured temperate readings around 40 degrees -- and free of precipitation. That, plus the fact that the game ended on overtime goal by Marco Sturm that earned the Bruins a 2-1 vic- tory made that event a tough act to follow. Tough. But not impossible. What Hockey East Commis- sioner Joe Bertagna and his staff served up was a unique doubleheader featur- ing the first womens college outdoor game and a battle between the last two mens teams to win the national championship. In the womens game, the top two teams in the Hockey East Conference got things rolling. UNH entered the contest ranked number four in the country while North- eastern came out for the face-off ranked number nine in the USA. The Wildcats had won 25 straight games over the Huskies dating back to 2002 -- and although they would go on to extend the streak to 26 -- the team from Huntington Avenue was the opposite of a pushover. Indeed, Northeastern jumped out to a 2-1 first period lead and held a 3-I edge after two periods. But UNH regrouped and took to the ice energized for the third period, scoring four tal- lies in the final frame to claim a 5-3 victory on the way to making history. The nightcap of the doubleheader saw BU jump out to a 3-0 lead after two periods. But BC came to life early in the third with a tally and then got a second one with just under eight min- utes left, setting the stage for an exciting conclusion. Although BU would hang on for a 3-2 victory, there really wasn't a loser in this one. Said veteran BU coach Jack Parker: "It is some- thing we are going to re- member, everybody in the stands and everybody on the ice. It is something we will all remember for as long as we live. It was quite a show." Added BC coach Jerry York, who, like Parker, is a native of the Boston area: "I thought it was a terrific venue for the BU-BC rivalry. I think that people appreci- ate college hockey and they saw a terrific atmosphere to play a game." In the immediate after- math following the several weeks of outdoor hockey fe- ver at Fenway -- the rink was in place for nearly three weeks -- there was much discussion concerning the possibility of doing some- thing like this again. The NHL's Winter Classic, of course, will move on to other cities for the next few years. But, of course, the colleges remain here. Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox Chief Operating Officer offered some cautionary comments. "I think we would consider having hockey at Fenway in the future but it's probably a bit premature. We need to see how the facility responds to some of the changes. We also need to see how the field responds on April 4 against the Yankees when we open up." Hmmm. You mean, the future fate of hockey at Fenway could partially be determined by early season games against the Yankees? Now there's something to ponder over these cold win- ter months.