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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 28, 2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "A CELEBRATION OF TONY DEMARCO" The Fame and Fury of Fleet Street "Honored/" at TD Garden's "Sports Museum" by the Gemelli Family, Lucia Ristorante Boston-Winchester in Association with the John M. Pecora Family and the Zammuto Family Dave Gemelli, Welterweight and Donato Frattaroli. In this corner we have the undisputed World Welter- weight Champion great Tony DeMarco. DeMarco grew up a few blocks from the world famous Boston Garden, (now TD Garden) which has become a part of Boston's North End's history. He won the world title on April 1, 1955. Defeating Johnny Saxton, by KO in the 14th round. Thus winning the undisputed Welter- weight championship of the world! That's it. He won it. He won it, at the same Bos- ton Garden he grew up "in the shadow of." He's now a world player, at this one and same world famous Boston Garden. Tony DeMarco was born on January 14th. He's the pride of the North End. As a trib- ute to him, he was recog- nized and praised for his great accomplishments in the ring, and in life. He's a world champion, in the ring and in life. An inspiration to many. The Fame and Fury of Fleet Street is a highly respected man, and athlete. This Undisputed World wel- terweight Champion is from a great era. He was born Leonardo Liotta, and fought in one of the greatest eras in Professional Boxing his- tory. He fought the who's who of boxing, World Contenders and World Champions from a great Boxing era: Ricky Ferreira, Pat Demers, World Champion Paddy DeMarco (104 bouts), Wilbur Wilson, Carlos Chavez, George Araujo, World Champion Jimmy Carter (120 bouts), Champion Tony DeMarco World Champion Johnny Saxton (66 bouts), World Champion Carmen Basilio (79 bouts), Chico Vejar, World Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith (60 bouts), Vince Martinez, World Champion Kid Gavilan (143 bouts), Gaspar Ortega, Larry Boardman, Walter Byars, World Champion Virgil Akins (92 bouts), Eddie Connors, and World Cham- pion Don Jordan (75 bouts). These veteran great fight- ers, I believe, would each be a world champion now. Eight of those named were in fact world champions in their great era. World champion at a time when there were only eight. Not the 102 world champions, as there are now. Tony DeMarco also fought in the fight labeled "Fight of the Century!" Two great warriors, Tony DeMarco and Carmen Basilio. They Portion of display honoring undisputed World Champion Great Tony DeMarco. Ace boxing writer Ron Borges and ace fight promoter Rich Cappiello. did it together. Two warriors, destined for victory. As the greatest Welterweight on the planet. "They did it to- gether!" They succeeded in etching their determina- tion, strengths, viciousness, and will for victory for eter- nity. To never be forgotten. The great guest, at this in- spiring occasion; Honored, highly decorated World Box- ing Hall of Famer in Califor- nia, Tony DeMarco. His 71- bout professional boxing record is a great 58-12-1, with 33 big KOs. In atten- dance with the "Champ!" is his beautiful wife DotUe DeMarco. World Title Con- tender, and Massachusetts State Auditor Joseph A. DeNucci, who spoke elo- quently of World Champion great Tony DeMarco. The words by Auditor DeNucci echoed the great accom- plishments of this great world champion. "Bravo!" to World Champion Tony Louie Lanci, great fight promoters from the "Valenti Family" Fred Valenti and A1 Valenti. DeMarco. Some of the great guests in attendance: Audi- tor Joe DeNucci, son in-law Eric Busa. He's the father to Auditor Joe DeNucci's three grandsons Anthony Busa, Vincent Busa, and Domenic Busa. Great promoters Fred Valenti, AI Valenti, Rich Cappiello, Post-Gazette Pub- lisher and Editor Pam Donnaruma, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, world acclaimed columnist Ron Borges, Dave Gemelli, Donato Frattaroli, Louie Lanci, Angelo Picardi, spon- sors Dave Gemelli, Donato Frattaroli, Tom and Ellen Zappalla, John Pecora, and Charles Zammuto. This was a great time. Thank you. The Celtics are continuing to win. Despite the various injuries and often being thought of as a defensive team, it has been the of- fense that has gotten them over some of the rough spots this season. Such an occasion came on January 21 when the C's defeated the Utah Jazz -- along with former Celtics standout A! Jefferson -- be- fore another sellout crowd. The 110-86 victory increased their record to 33-9. And although they lost two nights later at Washington, the C's entered the last week of January as one very powerful basketball team. "It all starts with the ball movement and the trust," offered C's head coach Doc Rivers as he reflected on the win over the Jazz. "I think our guys have done a better job this year than last (when they went to game 7 of the NBA Finals). Each year they've been getting better at getting the ball to Rondo early off of rebounds and run- ning their lanes. We ex- ecute on our offense and we also try to strike in transi- tion more this year. I think that's been a theme. We re- ally stress that in practice." On a night when the men in Green and White shot over 50 percent from the floor, there were smiles all around in the postgame in- terview room. Commenting on the offensive efficiency captain Paul Pierce, who scored 20 points, expressed the opinion that "I think it has something to do with our being together and working on it and believing in the system. The guys that we have out there are an un- selfish group. We are con- stantly making the extra pass, constantly moving the ball. When we do that we are a tough team to beat. That's how we shoot a high per- centage." Pierce explained that the ball movement is "just a product of our work. Every day we come in here that's what we work on. We work on making passes and run- ning our offense." And it's called team. Or as Pierce put it: 'it's believing in one another, not caring who gets the credit. When you have a selfless group like this that's what happens." Pierce added that it's the little things -- often not picked up by fans -- that of- ten make the difference. "We're just sticking to what we are doing. We are run- ning and executing our plays. We are getting into our sets. When we are supposed to set a screen we are set- ting a screen. When we are supposed to go back door we are doing that. We are doing all the little things that are really helping us execute. A lot of the things that people don't see are the things that Doc always talks about. Do- ing the little things is what great teams do and I think we are finally starting to master those little things." How good are the Celtics on offense this year? Good enough that Ray Allen -- 14 years a pro -- feels that he has never been on a better shooting team. *We've been very efficient on offense," noted the former UConn standout who now lives in Wellesley. "We've just been thinking about execution starting off games. Our fourth quarter execution has also been great but starting off games by moving the ball around -- that's the most important thing." And even when things don't go as planned "we all still manage to keep our heads and move the ball around. We make sure we know what we're trying to get from every opportunity." There are only five home games in February but three of them carry a big time im- pact. They include a game against Orlando (with Dwight Howard) on February 6, fol- lowed by the most awaited home game of the regular season -- the contest with the L.A. Lakers on February 10. Then LeBron James and the Miami Heat come to town on February 13 -- a Valentine's matchup where there will be no love lost. That's the best lineup of consecutive home games this year. Right in the heart of winter. Enough to warm any hoop lover's heart. HARVARD HOCKEY'S HEAVY HEART -- He was the first player in the long and storied history of men's hockey at Harvard to play in every single game of his four-year hockey career -- all 138 of them -- a string that concluded in his senior season when Harvard played in the NCAA Tournament. That was Tom Cavanagh, a native son of Rhode Island, who went on to play in the San Jose Sharks organiza- tion. Assigned to Worcester, San Jose's top affiliate, he proceeded to become that team's all-time leading scorer with 138 points in 202 games. That was good enough to get called up by the big club. And he made the most of his debut. Just 36 seconds into his first NHL game he set a San Jose record for the quickest point by a rookie when he assisted on a goal by former Bruins star Joe Thornton. But there were only 17 games and a lone goal in the bigs. Then it was down to the Manchester Monarchs the following season and then to Springfield Falcons after that -- followed by his re- lease by that team back on November 10. Less than a week into the New Year -- on January 6 -- Tom Cavanagh, age 28, was found dead in a Providence parking garage. Family members said he had struggled with mental ill- ness for quite some time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom's family, friends and former teammates at this most difficult time.