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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 3, 2012 " TFILK Freddie "La Gucaracha"/"The Choir Boy" Roach to be Inducted into World Boxing Hall of Fame "2012" As is Rip Valenti from the World of Boxing. Fighter Tommy Collins. "44 Kayo Wins." A Big Puncher. Brawl at the Bay! March 23,, 2012. Fighting for "Dana Farber Cancer Instituter' "Fightingt" is what Dana Farber Does. Let's Talk about "Now and ThenF Members of the great Valenti Fight Family: A1 Valenti and Fred Valenti. Freddie Roach was born in Dedham, Massachusetts. During his career a premier World Lightweight fighter. Forty wins in his profes- sional fight career. He fought the best in the world: Javier Flores in New Jer= sey, Mario Chavez and Greg Haugen in Las Vegas, Delio Palacios in Texas, and Bobby Chacon, Hector Camacho and Jaime Balboa in Cali- fornia. As a trainer he's been voted Trainer of the Year many times. He's a great trainer, who trained great fighters: World Cham- pion Manny Pacquiao and World Champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Great fighter and great trainer Freddie Roach will be inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York the weekend of June 7-10. Sucra Ray Olivelra has a great gym in New Bedford. "On Point Boxing!" He's got many youth with talent and some top trainers there too. I'm going to be doing a review of the fight gyms we've got in the area. "Maybe we can have a Fight League or two, or three??? Hmm[" A few of the other gyms in the area are: Boston Boxing, TNT Boxing, Peter Welch Boxing, Dorchester Boxing, Cappiello Brothers Boxing, Whitley's Fitness, Gentle- men Gym, West End Gym, Cyr Farrell Boxing Gym, Bishops Boxing, Petronelli Boxing, Celtic Pride Boxing, and more. Thank you Matthew Regan. It's nice to hear from you. You're right. Tommy Collins did have a great ca- reer and was World Cham- pion. Tommy Collins first bout was on November 11, 1946 in Boston. He won a 4 round decision over Gene Gomes. In a rematch Janu- ary 9, 1947, Tommy Collins kayoed Gomes in 3 rounds in Fall River. Tommy Collins at 61-12- 0, had 44 knock- outs. A big puncher who fought the best in the world: Lulu Perez, Jimmy Carter, Fabela Chavez, Lauro Salas, Ronnie Clayton, Glen Flanagan, Willie Pep, Sandy Saddler, Joey Cam, Timothy Buddy Hayes and more. He fought the elite of a great era. Bos- ton Fighter Tommy Collins shook the world with his punching power. He won the National Boxing Association World Featherweight title on August 25, 1952 in a battle with Glen Flanagan at the Boston Garden. "Brawl at the Bay!" Celtic Pride Boxing entertains you with boxing exhibitions on March 23 m at the Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy. Come on down and watch fighters duke it out. Retired boxer, Celtic Pride President and Founder Mark Porter via Donegal, Ireland, a longtime resident of Quincy. Mark Porter directs this project. Fighters on this show are trained by Jimmy Farrell Cyr-Farrell Gym in Quincy, and Kenny Butler. Danny Kelly's Dorchester Boxing, from Peter Welsh Boxing Club and Mike Culbert. All top fighters and trainers of POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE ,s NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227,8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. ACCEPTING Advertisements General Advertisements Sales and Rentals Memorials * Legals ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. future top Prospects. Now "2012" & Then "1979" in Boxing. Now: On April 28 th WBC Light-heavyweight Cham- pion of the World Bernard Hopkins and former Cham- pion Chad Dawson as I read here have agreed to "Fight it out again at the Board Walk in Atlantic City." They previously fought with Ber- nard Hopkins getting in- jured from a throw to the canvas. A win, first recorded for Chad Dawson. Later over- turned changed to a no- decision. The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California, has undefeated WBC middle- weight champion Julio Cesar Chavez in training for his World Title defense vs. #I. contender Marco Antonio Beltran on FebruaYy 4 th. This Top Rank World title double header will also feature three divi- sion world champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire fighting former champion Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr., for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. On March 23 rd there's a Brawl at the Bay to be held at Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy, MA. Canastota, New York will induct Freddie Roach, Rip Valenti and Jake Kilrain into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, June 7-10, 2012. Then: April 1979 Ring Magazine, page 17 pictured is Bobby Halpern, who fought Guy Casale in New York. A new welterweight sensa- tion "Irish" Scan Mannion, pictured on page 18. Sean is 8-0-0. It tells of Sean Mannion, sharing his spar- ring duties "Irish" Danny Long newcomer to the pro ranks and a former Golden Glove and New England A.A.U. champion. Talks of Irish Johnny Bowen and fourth ranked U.S. Junior welterweight contender Tony Petronelli. U.S. Ring Ratings: Heavy- weight Dino Dennis of Attleboro; U.S. Middle- weight Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Jr. Welter- weights: #6. Tony Pet- ronelli, #7. Jimmy Corkum. #14. Luis Davila. Light- weight: #10. Tommy Rose. Featherweight: #5. David Ramalho, # 1 1. Jimmy Farrell, # 15. Bobby Everett. Fights Fought -- Heavy- weights: Charlie Polite vs. Eddie Owens, Jr., Middle- weights: Steve Delgado vs. Ted Sanders; Roger Leonard vs. Scan Mannion. Jr. Wel- terweight Jimmy Corkum I vs. AI Hughes; Scan O'Grady vs. Beau Jaynes. Our tough New England fighters fight the best in the world. GOING LIKE 60 -- It is one of the most honorable events in .hockey, it is, played in our town as a con- stant on our calendars. What- ever the year, for the last 60 of them, you could always count on viewing excellent college hockey on those first two Mondays in February. And while the Beanpot has remained a constant the various ways it has been cov- ered by the media have changed over the decades. When it started -- way back in 1952 at Matthews Arena -- TV was still somewhat of a luxury in many homes and radio was the time honored form of broadcast delivery. Print edition newspapers ruled the streets of Boston with several having excel- lent sports sections. Gradually, over time, while the tournament remained a fixture, a media revolution took place. TV became more commonplace and eventually went to cable and satellite delivery, reporters replaced their typewriters with laptop computers and photogra- phers ditched film in favor of digital cameras. The internet arrived and now stories are sent as e- mail attachments. Numer- ous stories appear only on the internet; their writers seated right along those still com- posing stories for time hon- ored print edition papers. But the winds of change didn't really affect the tour- nament all that much. They affected how it was covered but not the essence, the heart of the event, which centers around the games themselves. After spending its inaugu- ral year at Matthews Arena, the tournament moved to the original Boston Garden for a 42-year span. This month's renewal will be the 17 th in the "new" facility -- now called the TD Garden (for- merly the FleetCenter). Four Boston schools -- BU, Be, Northeastern and Har- vard (separated from the Hub only by a river) vying for the trophy -- the Beanpot. Of the four, one school rose to the top most often over time. That would be Boston University which has won the tourney 28 times in the last 46 years -- including 12 of the last 17. BU has been in the title game 25 out of the last 28 years. But things have cooled off a bit for the Terriers of late. If BU does not win the event this year, it will have gone three straight years without a Beanpot title. The last time that happened was way back in 1983-1985. Right now BC is the hot school when it comes to play- ing in Beanpot. The Eagles have won the tournament 16 times, including the last two in a row and three in the last four years -- 2008, 2010 and 2011. The two schools also fea- ture the two of the winning- est coaches in NCAA history. Starting the week leading into the tournament, BC's Jerry York had banked a total of 896 victories while BU's Jack Parker was right behind with 865. Another school long over- looked is Northeastern which seems right on the cusp of winning a championship. NU has won the Beanpot four times -- the last time was in 1988 -- but has been in two of the last three Champion- ship games (2009 and 2011). If the Huskies can get by BC in the opening round, they'll have another shot come February 13. Rounding out the field in hard luck Harvard which this year will enter the Pot with about a .500 record as they face red hot BU in the 5:00 p.m. opener. In a pos- sible preview back on Janu- ary 14, Harvard lost to BU by a 4-3 count in overtime. So, there's a possibility of a good game there as well. THE BRUINS -- The B's were right back at it after the All-Star break, coming from behind to defeat Ottawa at the Garden. "I felt our guys were ready and focused and everything else," noted head coach Claude Julien. "I think the will and the focus are there." But he also took note that the Bruins are not playing as well as they did earlier. "Right now, we're just struggling through the mo- mentum of the game, the execution and everything else. It's just not as crisp. It wasn't at the beginning of the year, it came back and now it's kind of slipped away from us a little bit. That's what we've got to recapture, but I don't think it's from lack of wanting." The coach also took note of the challenges posed by the next few weeks of the sched- ule. Remember all those home games at the Garden back in the fall? Well, it's pay- back time with a long road trip looming on the horizon. "We have to realize what's in front of us," said Julien. We've got a real tough sched- ule from here on in when you look at the 11-day road trip. We've got six games in six different cities in mid-Febru- ary and we have 17 games in 31 days. We have a real heavy schedule and I think our guys have to make sure to take good care of them- selves. We are going to be traveling, we are going to be playing every second night and I think you've got to gear up for that because that's what the playoffs become." And there's more to it than just playing the games. There's the importance of rest and good nutrition. "Every second day we've got a game and you have to make sure that the players are well rested. We have to prepare ourselves for a real grinding schedule. I talk to the players about how impor- tant it is to take real good care of themselves, getting rest, eating properly and un- derstanding that our focus really has to be on our job from here on in."