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..... , ", , , , 0 , Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 21,2011 by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "YOU WANNA FIGHTF They're "Fighting" at a "Block Party at Mohegan Sun" Sean Eklund fighting. His corner to be worked by his uncles Micky Ward and Dickie Eklund It's time for a "Block Party!" Check out these fights. Come on down to Mohegan Sun on February 4 th, CES Boxing gives to you a Block Party. Come on down, dance to the beat of punches. "Bang!" "Pow!" "Wallop!" "Yo Adrian, Help!!!" Check out fighters. Vladine Biosse. He's the New England Super- middleweight champion. He puts his undefeated 9-0, 4 KO record on the line. He's fight- ing a guy named Samson Onyango. Think of it. The name Samson makes me think of "Samson, from the Book of Judges." Vladine, make sure his hair is shaved before you fight him. Samson has 13 kayo's, in his 20 win 7 loss record. Elvin Ayala, 20-5, 9 KO's, fights TBA. Then "Back from Iraq" U.S. Army Veteran Heavyweight Brian Macy, rumbles with 4-3-1, 4 KO Waiter Foster. All of Waiters wins have come via Kayo. All wins by Kayo show that he can hit. American hero Brian Macy 5-1, 2 KO's, is back to resume where he left off. He hasn't fought in two years. Back from Iraq, and ready to rumble. The under- card has Edwin Soto 5-0-1, 2 KO's fighting a rematch with Bryan Abraham 2-4-2, 2 KO's. These two fought to a draw on June 26, 2010. They fight again. Undefeated Luis Rosa Jr. 4-0, 3 KO's fights Aaron Chavez 2-2-1, 1 KO. Then tough Randolph Mass. Heavyweight Billy Mofford 9-1-2, 4 KO's fights Theron Johnson 4-3, 1 KO of Chicago. Fighter family member Scan Eklund of Lowell 7-4, 1 KO. He's the nephew of Irish Micky Ward. He defends his EBA New England Title ver- sus Noel Garcia 2-6-1, 1 KO. The two brothers of the hit movie "The Fighter" will be working the corner of their nephew Scan. Undefeated Puerto Rican welter Javier Flores 4-0, 4 KO's will fight his first in the good Ole USA. He fights a tough Marcus Hall 4-2-1, 2 KO's of New York. That should be a good match. Thomas Falowo 1-0, 1 KO squares off with Greg McCoy 2-1-2, 1 KO, This should be a good fight card. Call CES at 401-724-2253/ 2254 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 for tickets. Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, sent to members a let- ter on upcoming swearing in of Officers, January 12 th in Braintree. Sworn in for 2011 will be: President Mickey Finn, Recording Clerk John O'Brien, Board of" Directors Joe Feeney, Mike Mullen, John Ford and Bobby Bower. President Mickey Finn praises outgoing President Bobby Franklin, for his many years of service to Ring 4. The Ring 4 banquet will be on Sunday, April 10 th at Florian from the hit movie '3"he Fighter" 'qhe Fighter" Micky Ward wins the Farley Award By the way "1 still wanna fightt" "Ding! Ding!" Ring4 Hall of Fame Banquet honored with presence of World Lightweight Champion Great Carlos Ortiz members your toughness and praises you. God Bless you and our prayers are al- ways with you. "Salute!-" Fighting in life has pre- pared us for it." Fighters get knocked down and fight back. Fighters get stunned and fight back. Fighters look op- ponents, square in the eye "and fight back." The motto? You're a real fighter. "Do it!" Face opposition and do the best you can. Defeat your opponent or maybe they might defeat you. Could you Lightweight World Chain- face that challenge? That's pion Carlos Ortiz will be at what real fighters do to the Hall of Fame Banquet. win. Boxers, mixed martial Hall in Dorchester. The Ring artist, wrestlers all face oppo- 4 Champion of the Year and sition. "They fight for real!" guest of honor will be former "No bull." It would be nice to Lightweight champion Carlos see the many tough guys Ortiz. See John O'Brien for (girls too) engage in training tickets. Mickey Finn contin- and working out at gyms. It's ues with his fine work. a great time. So called tough Congratulations to Irish guys can go to a gym and prove Micky Ward. By a vote of of- just how tough they are or ricers and the Board of Direc- tors of the Boxing Writers Association of America is the recipient of the 2010 James A. Farley Award for Honesty and Integrity in Boxing. This prestigious award goes to none other than Irish Micky they're "NOT!" You might really like it. It's legal too. I'd like to give attention to a real world champion in life. A young lad that I see as a hero. Two heroes that many can learn from. In a story by Mara Gay, she writes of Ward. Micky Ward is a class gentleman. He's a World Jun- ior Welterweight Champion, from Lowell. As World Cham- pion, he fought the toughest and best of his era. Arturo Gatti, in three of some of the greatest fights in world boxing history. One of their fights was voted "Fight of the Century." Congratulations to this great gentleman. He's as tough as they come. Irish Micky Ward, you make us all proud to be boxers. You rep- resent the fight world with distinction. On a sad note, our Fight Family prayers, go out to Charlie Pappas of Roxbury and to his family. He answered his final bell on December 14, 2010. Charlie Pappas was an ex- traordinary fighter. He fought many rough tough fighters. He's was a successful fighter with a winning record. He fought Johnny Luz, Jackie Dwyer, Norman Hayes, Wilbur Wilson, and Johnny Coe, amongst many othei- no- table fighters. Charlie Pappas retired from boxing with a great winning record. Rest in peace in that Golden Ring in Heaven refereed by God. Our Fight Family prayers, also go out to former British Heavy- weight Champion Gary Ma- son 37-1, 34 KO's. He lost his life as a result of being struck by a reckless driving van, while riding his bicycle. This van was booked for reckless driving. The only loss, on the record of 48-year-old Gary Mason, was to World Cham- pion Lennox Lewis. I'd like to send a Happy Hello to "Boston Fight Legend" Joe Volpe. The Fight World re- Jordan Rice titled "Save My Brother First!" Boy, 13, Sac- rifices Life in Australian Flood. To me he is a 13-year I old hero and a world champion in life and history. I hope he will never be forgotten. He'll never be forgotten by me. He begged to have his brother and mother taken, to safety first. His brother, 10-year-old Blake was rescued. Jordan Rice died in this tragedy as did his mother Donna Rice. Both true hero champions. They sacrificed themselves for their brother and son. My prayers are with you all. February 196" in Germany, WBA World Champion Felix Sturm 34-2-1, 14 KO's vs. Ronald Hem'as 26-1, 20 KO's. They're preparing for "WAR!" Ronald Hearns is the son of Tommy "Hitman" Hearns. World Champion Felix Sturm states "Everybody knows that Marvin Hagler is my idol." "The fight between Hagler and Ronald's father Thomas was a brutal war and one of the greatest fights in the history of boxing. But Hagler destroyed Hearns -- and now I will do the same to his son." Happy Birthday Janu- ary 22 n to: RIP Marine Peter Santoro, 23 rd Larry Belcamino, 27 th. Bob Hanna, and Bobby Franklin. Febru- ary 2 "a Rich Cappiello, 9 th World Champion Vito Antuofermo and RIP Jake Kilrain, 10 th Bob Trieger, 11 u Jerry Colton, 12! h Mark DeLuca and RIP Sam Langford, 13 th Ray DeLicio, 14 th FAI Imondi, 18 th RIP Bat- tling Battalino, 19 th Mike Mugsy Mullen, 21 st World title contender Tom McNeeley. It was a big day, it was, and in the end, the two large men who dominated it stood tall, not only in physical stature -- as they always have -- but in other dimensions such as leadership, inspiration and respect. It was the Martin Luther King Day doubleheader at the Garden, one of two such days on the Causeway Street cal- endar (the other is the day after Thanksgiving) where Boston's two winter sports teams -- the Bruins and Celtics -- play games on the same day in the same facility. Such an occasion can be a long day, to be sure, espe- cially for the Garden staff that must work both games. Although the contests are spread out enough over time to allow for the physical changeover, there definitely can be some meetings in the media room between those who chronicle the efforts of the respective teams. You see, it's not uncommon for a few of the hockey writ- ers to be joined by some of their early arriving basket- ball counterparts in the same media area where both engage in their pre-game and post-game tasks, albeit much more frequently on separate days through the season. This year the media room was in full swing when we arrived around noon--an hour before the B's game with Carolina and was still humming around midnight some 12 hours later as writ- ers sought to put together their reports on the Celtics- Magic game. This year there was a com- mon thread, if you will, be- tween the two contests, both highlighted by accomplish- ments of their tall players, both hailed for a job well done. The B's went first, as they always do on these double duty days, with the Hurri- canes arriving as the next to last team in the Southeast Division behind Florida. The Bruins were atop the North- east Division, with only a scant two points separating them from their archrivals -- the Montreal Canadiens -- in the standings. The B's would win big via a 7-0 whitewash of the Hurri- canes, who seemed to offer nothing of the ferocity that their name would suggest. In fact, only about five min- utes and two goals into the game Cam Ward -- the Canes' goalie -- was gorie for the day, relegated to the bench in favor of Justin Peters. But those few min- utes in the net proved his- toric for Ward, who a number of years ago played for Lowell in the AHL. They meant that he played his 310 th game in goal for the Canes, putting him in first place for career games played between the pipes for Carolina. Meanwhile, the goalie change didn't seem to bother the B's, who potted five more scores before Tim Thomas left the ice with the shutout." But it was defenseman Zdeno Chara who stole the show, scoring his first career hat trick in his 892 no career NHL game and only the fourth in history by a B's defenseman. The hats rained down as the 6-9 Chara sported a wide grinand accepted the congratulations of his team- mates. Later coach Claude Julien would commend Chara for his overall effort that day, not just for the goal. "He made some good plays coming out of our own end," noted the coach. "He kept his game simple and really looked good. I thought he was a real solid player for us." For Chara, "it was a very humble feeling with a big thank you to the guys be- cause they put me in good spots and positions to score." Several hours later, in a different room down the same hallway, it was 6-11 forward Kevin Garnett's turn to ac- cept accolades following his return from an injury. Away from the action for nine games, KG returned with a 19-point, eight rebound per- formance as the Celts put away Orlando 109-106. Just his presence made a difference to the team. That's what most fans would focus on. But down on the floor, another characteristic rings real with the players and coach Doc Rivers. The coach said there was better communication on defense "because someone's talking. And no one talks like Kevin. He's the best talker in the league when you're talk- ing defense. It was clear the communication was differ- ent, particularly the last four possessions. You could hear it. He was calling their sets out. He's a defensive coach on the floor." Captain Paul Pierce said that with Garner back in the lineup "we looked like a to- tally different team just with Kevin on the court. You can't replace what he gives to our ball club. He doesn't always show up with his numbers but his presence and his feel for the game and everything he does for the team goes far beyond numbers. We looked like a team that was ready and energized. That's the culture he's brought here since "Day One" and it's in- fectious. He raises every- one's play when he's on the court." Two tall players -- Chara and Garnett -- leading the way on the same day. It makes one think that if everyone stays healthy, the Bruins and Celtics could have long runs in their re- spective playoffs come spring. A warm thought as Bostonians struggle with the steep snowbanks of January. A SIGNIFICANT ANNIVER- SARY -- It was 11 years ago January 27, 2000-- that the New England Patriots signed Bill Belichick as the head coach. In a profession marked by frequent comings and goings, Belichick's sta- bility with one franchise is remarkable.