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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 20, 2012 00NER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet" Swears in 2012 Officers on April 22 Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan Have Great Fight "What's Your Opinion on their Fight?". What Would You Think About More Fights in Boston? I Got Some Ideas I Think Promoters, Fans and Fighters Would "Like!" Two-time Ringside Tournament Masters Champion John O'Brien spars with World Champion Iran Barkley. January 114 was a Ring 4 Board of Directors meeting. Elected officers to be sworn in for 2012. On December 104 at the Ring 4 Christmas Party at Lindsey's Officers elected: President Mickey Finn, Recording Clerk John O'Brien. Board of Directors: Chairman John Ford. Board members: Mike Mullen, Bobby Bower and Bobby Franklin. Appointed Posi- tions: Parliamentarian Mickey Finn, Historian Dan Cuoco, and Chairman of the Good Will Committee Paul Doyle. Please remember to keep in our prayers Fight Family Members: Billy Libby, Jim Harrison, George Kimball, Ernie Minelli, Tom McNeeley, Iron Mike Pusateri and Joe Devlin R.I.P. Sunday April 22 "d, will be our Hall of Fame Banquet 2012 at FIorian Hall in Dorchester. Come on down, you'll have a great time. Con- tact John O'Brien for tick- ets. Honored at this banquet will be highly-respected World Title Challenger R.I.P. Tom McNeeley. Come and honor Tom McNeeley. He made a major impact in box- ing history. He fought a great fight with World Cham- pion Floyd Paterson. For tick- ets contact two-time Ring- side Tournament Masters Champion John O'Brien. John O'Brien is the father of New England PAL Champion and Rocky Marciano Tourna- ment Champion Maureen O'Brien. Keep an eye on Maureen O'Brien she'll be fighting at the 2012 Golden Glove Tournament. Check her out. She can "fight!" World Champion Tony DeMarco. I hope you had a Happy Birthday on Janu- ary 144. Ted Sares is in recovery. I'll be sending him a card at P. O. Box 2777, Conway, New Hampshire 03860. Keep punching Ted. Some New England fight- ers now -- a hotbed of war- riors in: (I've named a few of the tough fighters in their record that they've fought). # 1. Thomas Faiowo of Provi- dence, RI, undefeated in 5 bouts with 4 kayos. In his career he's fought Greg New England PAL and Rocky Marciano Tournament Champion Maureen O'Brien. McCoy and Borngod Wash- ington. #2. Ryan Kielczew- ski of Quincy, MA. He has 12 bouts in his undefeated record versus tough fighters in Willie Vilanueva, James Lester, Robert DaLuz, Will- shaun Boxley and more. Keep an eye on Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczewski. He's got loads of talent. #3. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes of Quincy, MA. Six bouts vs. Kate Aversa, Kali Reis, Cassandra Lindsey. #4. Agustine Mauras from Lawrence, MA is undefeated in 4 bouts vs. Noel Garcia and Jonathan Vasquez. #5 Jose Medina of Quincy, MA via Mexico has 26 bouts around the USA, fighting Chris Fitzpatrick in New York, Matthew Hatton in Boston, Martin Cornejo in Pennsylvania and Daniel Codling in Los Vegas. #6. Dan Powers of New Hamp- shire, 4-0-0, 2 KO's vs. Luis Rosario and James Owens. #7. Clay Guido of Westwood, MA is still out there fighting tough. He's always tough, #8. Edwin Rodriquez from Worcester, MA, 20 wins no losses. That's right, no losses. He's undefeated in his record versus the best in the world. He's beaten Aaron Pryor, Jr., in Florida, James McGirt in North Dakota, Angel Gonzalez in New York, Will Power Rosinsky in Connecticut and Hector Hernandez in Boston. #9. Edwin Rosado from Wor- cester, MA. 9 bouts: Jose Velazquez, Randy Caballero, etc. # I0. Edwin Soto of New Haven, CT. 9 bouts with no losses. He's fought fight- ers: Diego Pereira, James Ventry and Carlos Hernan- dez. #11. Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI. 15 bouts: Sean Eklund, Jose Gonzalez and Blake Franklin. Last week many of the new fighters now in contention were listed. I will keep you updated as best I can on the "New Guys in the Ring." We've got the fighters and we've got the loca- tions in New England to sup- port our fighters. "Let's do it!" More fights all over New England, especially Boston. Did you see on December I0, 2011 Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson fight in Washington? A good fight by both. Freddie Roach worked the corner of Amir Khan. Both fighters I compliment on their ability and courage. Commentators Max Keller- man, Larry Merchant and Harold Lederman did a fine job. The three judges scored as they saw it: Valerie Dorsett 113-112, George Hill 113-112 and Nelson Vasquez I I I-I 14. "Giving" a split decision win and World Title to Lamont Peterson. The only factor in question was two points taken from Khan. If you factor out the two points taken from World Champion Amir Khan he would have kept his World Title and still would have been World Champion Amir "King" Khan. The decision would have been 114-113, 114-113, 117-111, a unani- mous decision win to Khan. I believe I factored it right. A point on two occasions was taken from Khan. No points were given to Lamont Peter- son. Thus Lamont Peterson points staying the same and two points added to Amir Khan's total. I have heard many comments on this fight call, some saying "That it wasn't a good call and points should not have been deducted." Some say- ing that Amir Khan did push and was deducted points as should of." "That Amir Khan was in violation because he did push." "Ding, Ding." I know this is not the U.F.C. What do you think? I know some fighters use a pushing manor in their fighting style. That's part of the game. I do agree that if a fighter outrageously pushes to knock a fighter to the ground in boxing that a point should be deducted. I also believe that if a fighter is crowding a fighter and a fighter has no means of protecting themselves other than pushing to keep a fighter from overcrowding them, that it is not a foul. What do you think? I hear that Eric "Butter- bean" Esch is back. Boston Bruins played host to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at TD Garden. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) THE OBJECT OF THE GAME -- ESPN The Magazine presented a piece on hockey pucks in a recent issue. It turns out that all pucks used by the NHL -- some 90,000 over the course of a season -- are manufactured at a plant in Quebec. Each puck is made of a rubber mix, weighs six ounces and is one inch thick and three inches in diameter. Each team (there are 30 in the NHL) spends $9,300 to buy 3,000 pucks for the season. Pucks to be used in a game are stored in a freezer before the contest with the temperature set at 18 degrees above zero. The freezing reduces fric- tion and excessive bounc- ing by the puck on the ice -- where the temperature is kept at 22 degrees. Some 45 pucks are frozen for every game with 15 being delivered to the penalty box before the start of each period. PERKINS RETURNS -- Former Celtics team and fan favorite Kendrick Perkins returned to the Garden on January 16 and was honored with a video tribute during the game -- a tribute that brought forth a standing ova- tion from the fans on hand. It came during a timeout that was taken in the first quarter. Numerous high- lights of his time with the Celtics were shown and the video ended with a big "Thank You, Perk" embla- zoned across the screen. In some ways we're sur- prised the Celtics brass al- lowed it since it highlighted what many consider to be a bad transaction on the part of the Celtics front office. Perkins, who was sent west to Oklahoma City with teammate Nate Robinson at the trade deadline last sea- son, has thrived with his new team. Since Perkins debuted with the Thunder on March 14 last year, Okla- homa City has posted a 25-6 record through January 16. With him in the lineup for the final 17 games of the 2010-2011 regular season Oklahoma City held oppo- nents to 97.9 points per game on a 43.8 shooting percentage. Prior to Perkins joining the team, the Thun- der had been allowing 101.8 points on 46.3 percent shoot- ing. Since the trade deadline last season, the Thunder has recorded a 30-7 mark when either Perkins or Nazr Mohammed are in the lineup. And through 14 games this season Perkins has recorded at least one blocked shot in every game. It sure looks now like a bad trade was made but consider: the Celtics were 33-10 when Perkins was dealt away. Perkins had appeared in only 12 of those games (7 starts) and was averaging 7.1 points and 8.1 rebounds prior to the trade. In short, GM Danny Ainge felt that Perkins was expendable. In terms of on court contributions he might have been but his presence definitely was felt in the locker room. His teammates really missed him and his departure defi- nitely left a void that had an effect on the team. Mean- while Oklahoma City went 13-4 down the stretch with Perkins in the starting lineup. A number of media mem- bers feel that the negative effect of the Perkins' trade has carried over into this season and that no one can be found to replace his personality. Whatever, the Celtics are struggling as all NBA teams approach the challenges of the condensed schedule. Several of the Celtics start- ers are old by NBA standards and their substitutes are by and large average players. Whether the Green can right the listing ship re- mains to be seen. Scattered booing could be heard during the Martin Luther King Day game with Oklahoma and that will only intensify if the situation gets worse. There's still plenty of time to turn things around and have a successful season (remember the Bruins also wobbled out of the gate and were in last place at the end of October) but already some fans are calling for GM Danny Ainge to blow up the team and make significant changes. Whether that will indeed happen is anyone's (Continued on Page 10)