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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 22, 2010 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Columnist Bob Hanna. originally of Fields Corner Dorchester, pictured with Paul Poirier. Tonight, January 22 "d , Friday Night Live, at the Roxy in Boston's Theater District. The 16-0-1, I0 KO's Hammerln Hank Lundy, battles Richard *El Tigre" Abril, who's 12-1, 6 KO's. Hammerin Hank predicts three rounds. Quincy war Veteran Chris Traietti at 8-1, 5 KO's, takes on Eddie Caminero 5-3, 5 KO's, Danny O'Connor of Framingham at 10-0, 3 KO's, Simeon Dunwell 10-1, 3 KO's, Boston light-heavyweight Maceo Crowder I-0, 1 KO, Quincy junior lightweight Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczewski at 6-0, 2 KO's, and Connecticut Middleweight David Bauza 3-0, 3 KO's, duke it out in separate bouts. Here at the Southern New England Golden Gloves Tournament in Fall River. This is one of four, Championship Tournaments in New England. Each area crowns their own Cham- pion; Fall River Southern New England, and the others in Western, Eastern, and North- ern parts of New England. They are repre- sented by the Host city, in their area. Holyoke. Lowell, Portland Maine, and Fall River. Then they are matched in Fight City Lowell, for the New England Title Finals. This was a very good fight card, here in Fall River. Many promising champions, on display this night. All but one, won by decision; Emman- uel DaGarcia defeated Joseph Santana, Wil- liam Bulger of Milton, scored the only Kayo this night. His cornermen Tim Fitzgerald, and his Trainer Mr. Stanton did a fine job with this warrior. He defeated David Balasco, Darren Wilson won over Ryan Granado of New Bedford, Steven Farrar of Quincy de- feated Efren Nunez, Alim Kivaza of Yarmouth defeated Franklin Ceme, David Santos won over Jose Ortiz, Nefftali Jean-Felix of Farrell Boxing Quincy won over Zack Limke of Rhode Island, Gerald Shifonte of the Petronelli Gym won over Matt O'Donnell of Quincy, John Smith of Warwick won over Keenan Moses of Providence, Brandon Fournier defeated Damon Town, Robert Rodriquez won over Melvin Smith. All were winners on this fight card. The showed up. Faced adversity, and Bob McCarthy, Brian Legendre and Jason Pires. confronted an opponent. Standing up to an opponent is something you've done to never forget. The results of their effort, is some- thing to always treasure. That's what I call "Success:" In the words of Rocky. "Yo Adrian:" "You did it!" I'm sitting by Bob Hanna. Superb Colum- nist, for the New Bedford Standard T/mes. Bob Hanna, grew up in Dorchester. He grew up, in "Fields Corner]" He's quite familiar with Tinker Picot, Norman Hayes, Tommy Collins, Mickey Dwyer, and the many other fine fighters, from the Boston area. Several years ago, he wrote an excellent article on Tinker Picot. Bob Hanna started writing many years ago, for his college newspaper, Suffolk University, and has been writing great articles since. The fights, did start late and proceeded on with plenty of action. Paul Poirier, a retired accomplished fighter of the '70s through 1990s, has several promising fighters, wait- ing to swap a punch or two. Eric Michaud, and Kevin Cabral. We were acknowledged in the ring, by Lenard "Low Price" Kaplan, Wayne Lima, and John Martin. A ten-count, was given for Vin Vecchione. I'm talking here with Bobby Smead. He's celebrating his new born daughter Peyton "Peky" Smead. Con- gratulations. Some very good fighters on this card. Pugs Luncheon, at the Florian Hall Dorchester. Ring Leader Tommy Martini, put together another great time. Pug of the Month is Mary Nelson. A total of 35, turned out for this Luncheon. These are the names of those that signed in. A Ring 4, Boston meeting, with President Mickey Finn. In a changing of the Guard meeting, at the V.F.W. in Braintree. 2010 Ring 4 President Bobby Franklin, Clerk John O'Brien, Mike Mullen, Tommy Mar- tini, John Buddy Ford, were sworn in, and in attendance also were members; Don Green, Eddy Fitzgerald, Jimmy Connors, Bobby Bower, Mary Nelson. February 20 th There's a tribute to the great RIP Allie Colombo, at Joe Angelo's in Brockton. This will be put on by Dennis Marrese. Come on down. Check it out. Pugs Luncheon at Florian Hall, kneeling is Mickey Finn, standing, left to right: John O'Brien, Tommy Attardo, Joe O'Leary, Fran "Pop" Lynch, Bobby Franklin, Karen Lynch O'Leary, Tommy Dargin, Tommy Martini. . . . , . O, the throes of January. Those gray days followed by cold, deep, dark nights have once again descended upon us. The Holidays are over, the cheerful illumination that lit up homes, office buildings and even parks has been dis- assembled and packed away for another I I months. Now the true darkness de- scends with nothing to dispel it. And spring doesn't even seem a glimmer on the far off horizon. In the recent past, however, there was a local bright spot. It was at the Garden where the Bruins and Celtics would be doing their best to bring a brightness to the dreary days and forlorn nights. Now, though, injuries, losses, frustration and less- than-positive headlines seem to be the rule of moment, as if the atmosphere outside had penetrated the interior where once good cheer and smiles all around had fol- lowed numerous mid-winter victories. A good case in point can be had by examining the Martin Luther King Day double- header at the Garden -- an occasion that featured the Bruins taking on the Ottawa Senators in the afternoon fol- lowed by the Celtics meeting the Dallas Mavericks that night. It would be a time for the two local teams to be in the spotlight. In a normal Janu- ary, they might be upstaged somewhat by the Patriots go- ing deep into the NFL playoffs, maybe even to the Super Bowl. But the Pats had bowed out early and it is still over a month before any activity at Red Sox spring training. Now, all the media atten- tion could be focused on the two teams that call Causeway Street home. The highlight of the after- noon -- when a young girl sang the national anthem and brought down the house. The game that followed brought forth less lauda- tory comments. The Bruins loss to Ottawa would be de- scribed as "a landslide' and "a stinker" in the Boston Herald_ How about a rout? That's what it was. Beaten in just about all phases of the game, the B's found themselves look- ing down the barrel of a 4-0 deficit before scoring early in the third. Ottawa won going away, elevating themselves into a tie for second place in the Northeast Division with the Bruins. The Senators played well but not one of their fans came down from Canada's national capital city to wit- ness the performance. How do we know? Well, Daniel Alfredsson lit up the scoreboard with a hat trick and not one lid was tossed onto the ice. If that had been Montreal in the Garden nu- merous examples of headgear would have adomed the slip- pery surface. The contest stood in stark contrast to two recent high- lights. The Winter Classic overtime victory against Philadelphia on New Year's Day and an overtime shootout win over Western Conference leading San Jose on the road. The latter was a rare bright spot for the B's who ranked third in the entire 30-team NHL in overtime losses with eight. The injuries, of course, have taken their toll -- with sometimes as many as five players not ready on a given night. Press releases detail emergency callups from Providence as members of the varsity heal their wounds. B's head coach Claude Julien noted that "none of the injuries are related to condi- tioning. It's really about be- ing banged up because of con- tact. I don't know ff you want to call it bad luck but every year is different. Some years you go through a whole sea- son and you're fortunate to stay away from those inju- ries, other years you get more. We're just one of many teams that are going through that right now." What may save the B's is a good long rest. There's one coming up but not right away. The league will have a two and a half week break in the later half of February for the Winter Olympic Games. A respite like that might al- low the B's to get a second wind for the stretch drive that culminates the regular sea- son and leads to the playoffs. The changeover at the Garden brought another surface -- the parquet -- but the result was pretty much the same. It was a 99-90 loss to Dallas -- which currently trails only the Lakers in the overall Western Conference standings. It was the third consecu- tive setback at home for the Celtics and their seventh on the Causeway Street court. Just how had was that? Con- sider that when the C's left the floor after that defeat they had more losses here than on the road (five). That's more home losses than in the entire two prior seasons. "I don't look at it as being home. I just look at the game in general," offered Ray Allen after the proceedings had been brought to a close. "In the third quarter we came out and we didn't have great en- ergy. We have to put together 48 minutes if we want to be good and successful for a longer period of time." Asked if visiting teams are no longer fearful of coming to the Garden, Allen stated: "It's not about being afraid of the building as much as being afraid of the team. Right now we have to put up a stronger front." The stronger front, of course, is personified by Kevin Garnett -- who contin- ues to recuperate from a hyper-extended right knee. When he retums is when the front will get stronger. For the record, it was a good day for the bean counters -- both games were sellouts. But everyone else left the Garden wearing long faces. O, the throes of January. "