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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 00---CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. California World Boxing Hall of Famer Tony DeMarco Honored at the T.D. Garden Sports Museum Massachusetts Contender Edwin Rodriguez, and Pride of Providence Contender Peter Manfredo Jr., Return from Florida with Hands Raised in Victory! Jimmy Burchfield and CES are Great. They have Many Great Team-players. "Rich Cappiello" is One. They're Fighting at Mohegan Sun Tonight Golden Gloves Boxers Denis Kelleher and Ryan White at Gentleman's Gym Youth Boxing Club in Hyde Park. They're with Hyde Park Boxing Legend, Kenny "Special Delivery" Butler. "The Fame and Fury of Fleet Street" Tony DeMarco is the pride of the North End. He was honored at the T.D. Garden Sports Mu- seum in Boston's North End. Not only is Tony DeMarco a great fighter, he's a great man. He's" the undisputed World Welterweight Champion from a great era. He won his title at a time when there were only eight world champions. Three to four times the fighters there are now. There are now 102 world champions. Tony DeMarco won his world title on April 1, 1955 from world title holder Johnny Saxton. A great champion from a great era. There are 102 World Champions now, as opposed to the eight of yesteryear. Let's figure this out. Give me some time. Eight divided by 102 = 12.75. That means? For every one world champion of before, there are now 12.75 world champions. Less fight- ers and more champions. How did that hap- pen? Title contender Tony DeMarco won his World title on April I, 1955, and fought, eight world champions during his career. He fought many great world title contenders too. Also celebrating this great time is world title contender Joe DeNucci, (the longest serv- ing State Auditor in Massachusetts history). He spoke well of World Champion Tony DeMarco. Did you know that Tony DeMarco is in the California World Boxing Hall of Fame. He also belongs to the Canastota New York World Boxing Hall of Fame. He's the co-par- ticipant in the "Fight of the 20 th Century." He fought in this great historical fight, with fellow great Canastota New York Hall of Fame fighter Carmen Basilio. Both are im- mortal figures in the world of professional boxing. Their vicious display of once in a century fight tenacity is unparalleled. Both fought a fight, forever etched in boxing history together. That's a reason to enshrine them both. Carmen Basilio definitely belongs in the Canastota, New York Hall of Farhe. Both are great warriors, which patrons of Boston and New England would swarm to upon this announcement. Their credentials, with- out a question or a doubt, should be enough to honor and induct World Champion Tony DeMarco. Both great world champions, from a great time and era in professional boxing history. He's also a sincere and honest man, who deserves his due recognition. He's a credit to professional boxing and to humanity. Tonight, February 4, at the Mohegan Sun, they're "fighting" at the Block Party. Come and check out the fights at this party. The co-feature pits Sean Eklund (7-4) of Lowell in a battle with Noel Garcia of Springfield. Sean Eklund is trained by "The Fighter," uncle Irish Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund of Lowell. Randolph heavyweight Billy Mofford (9-I-2, 4 KO's) battles Theron Johnson (4-3, 1 KO.) Light-heavyweight Brian Macy (5-1, 2 KO's) squares off against Eric Pinarreta (2-5, 2 KO's) of New Bedford, in a middle- weight bout. New England super-middle- weight champion Vladine Biosse of Provi- dence rumbles with Samson Onyango (20-7, 14 KO's), who trains out of Brockton. Elvin Ayala (20-5, 9 KO's) squares off with Mustafah Johnson (8-9-1) of Indiana. Edwin Soto (5-0-1, 2 KO's) squares off with the James Ventry (7-12, 4 KO). Luis Rosa Jr., (4-0, 3 KO's) fights Aaron Chavez (2-2, 1 KO). Puerto Rican welterweight Javier Flores, (4-0, 4 KO's) of Hartford, makes his U.S. debut against tough Marcus Hall. (4-2-i, 2 KO's). Javier Flores won all four of his fights by Kayo. Thomas Falowo (I-0, 1 KO) takes on Greg McCoy (2-1-2, 1 KO). Come on down. I'll see you at the fights. Peter Manfredo Jr., #9 IBF, #ii WBC middleweight title contender (37-6, 20 KO's) defeated Haitian sensation Daniel Edouard (23-4-2, 14 KO's). The Pride of Providence won by scores of 97-92, 98-91 and 98-91. Edouard started this bout off with victory in mind. Peter Manfredo Jr., would have none of that. Manfredo unleashed a right hand to Edouard in the fourth round. Down went Edouard. The Pride of Providence continued on for victory and controlled this bout for the rema nder of the fight. Also in Florida, unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KO's) and WBA Super- middleweight contender. He defeated Aaron Pryor Jr., (15-3, l I KO's), by way of a ten round unanimous decision. These two fighters from New England both had their hands raised in victory in Florida. A point was deducted from Aaron Pryor Jr. in the 8 th round. That one point would have made no difference to the scores of 96-93, 98-91, 97-92 in this win for Edwin Rodriguez. He won in "Ten!" as did Peter Manfredo Jr. Both are very impressive fighters. Credibility is something to strive for. That's part of the makeup of 98 plus percent of real fighters, and fighters in life. To actually fight your way to the top you've got to battle. You've got to actually fight yoJr way to the top. Think of it. Actually reachi,,g the top is no walk in the park. To be cal,ed champion, you've got to have faced ob,/acles. Facing obstacles, teaches you how to deal with them, when you do. Being a 'hampion gives you pride. That is why I have pride in my ability to fight. One of the reasons I became a boxer is be- cause I was a fighter, before I was a boxer. I learned to fight, while I fought. I admire the "fight world." I have great admiration for the young lad I wrote of last week, Jordan Rice. I have pride for his mother Donna Rice. Both gave up their lives for their "Blood!" They made the ultimate sacrifice for their "Loved One!" A feat that others should look at, learn from, and strive for. Real fighters have cour- age; They stand up to adversity. They have the will to face obstacles, battling for them, uncertain of victory. You fight, and still lose? Oh well. So be it. The reward? A supreme goal. Warrior Joe DeNucci expressed it so well in the column written by Joe Fitzgerald in the Boston Herald titled: "Joe's leaving but the fighter remains." That's an excellent column. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., (41-0-I, 30 KO's) fought Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KO's) on January 29 in Mexico. His goal: to win the WBC World title. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., trains in Los Angeles, under the great Freddie Roach. A happy belated January 1 birthday to the beautiful Jennifer Cobis. Happy Birthday Jennifer! You're such a terrific and impres- sive young lady. Keep up the great work you do. To Ring 4 President Mickey Finn. Keep up the great work you do in boxing. Working on plans with others for future Fight Family events. World Champion Great Tony DeMarco, fought Ricky Ferreira in New Bedford on September 19, 1950. Rocky Marciano fought Pete Louthis in New Bedford on August 16, 1949. Tommy Martini is to be applauded for his great work and dedica- tion to boxing. Joe Angelo is another asset to boxing. Kenn "Special Delivery" Butler of Hyde Park checked out the Golden Gloves. I'll get some comments from him when I check out the gloves this year. Teddy Atlas is to speak at Ring 8 meeting, in New York. Now that the All-Star game is over (congratulations on a job well done, Tim Thomas), the attention of the Bruins becomes focused on the drive to the playoffs. There's only a little over two months remaining in the regular season (ending April 1 I) with just 14 home games left after February 5. Then the Black and Gold, barring a complete collapse, will enter the post season fray. So what is the challenge for the team over the course of February, March and the first part of April? "It will be the mental chal- lenge about having consis- tency night in and night out," offered head coach Claude Julien. "We want to improve, we want to get better," said the coach of his squad that resumed compe- tition after the All-Star break atop the Northeast .Division standings. "We tend to forget some- times the schedule, the travel and everything else. It catches up to you. These guys aren't machines, they're not robots. They're humans. I think the bottom line is that we want to get more consistency in our play. You look for 20 guys in the lineup to be at the top of their game. As long as you've got that you're winning some games. You just hope you get everybody going at the right time." Even though the Bruins are ahead of a lot of teams captain Zdeno Chara sounded the theme of not relaxing during the crucial final weeks. "We can't get comfortable," said the veteran All-Star defenseman. "It's a stretch before the end of the regular season and the schedule is tough. We have some long road trips and we have some teams that are ahead of us (in the overall Eastern Conference standings). A lot of teams are going to try to creep in from behind. So it's going to be tough. We can't let up. We've got to continue to play the way we played (before the All-Star break). We've got to get better and get ready for the playoffs." We're sure this year's team members-will be preached to a number of times on the importance of not letting up, no matter how many games they win. Exhibit A will be the playoff series with Phila- delphia where the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead in games, saw the Flyers come back to tie the series at 3-3 and then come from three goals down in game 7 to eliminate the Causeway Street crew. No more significant illustration need be offered than that. But before the playoffs an- other important moment looms. It is the NHL trading deadline. It seems to come ever earlier each year. This time around it falls on Feb- ruary 28. Look for a flurry of activity (and perhaps a new addition or two on Causeway Street) as February becomes March. THOMAS TOPS AGAIN -- As briefly mentioned at the start B's goalie Tim Thomas once again acquitted himself quite well against the NHL's best, stopping 11 of 15 shots in a busy third period to earn the victory in the recent All- Star game. By doing so he became the first goalie in NHL history to be the win- ning netminder in three straight All-Star games. He also entered the win column in the 2008 and 2009 games. There" wasn't a game in 2010 because of the Winter Olym- pics in Vancouver. is having a steilar season with the B's. If he stays hot there's no telling how far the B's can advance in the playoffs this spring. WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING -- Well, it sure wasn't like a morning in May, not with all the snow banks dotting the landscape. But there were a lot of happy faces around Boston following the Celtics 109-96 road game victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The game saw Paul Pierce score 32 points, Rajon Rondo dish off for 16 assists and Kevin Garnett come away with 13 rebounds and 18 points. Quite a well- rounded team performance. Sure Kobe Bryant had 41 points .but it's the team total that determines the winner. As for a much anticipated meeting with the Lakers, the regular season matchup with L.A. at the Garden on February 10 might just have to do. For the Lakers to ad- vance to the NBA Finals this year, they will have to get by one tough San Antonio squad -- a team that had only lost seven games as February began. LET,S NOT FORGET -- The Beanpot Tournament which skates its way onto the Causeway Street ice the first two Mondays this month. The 59th edition of college hockey's top in-season tour- nament opens on February 7 with Harvard facing North- eastern at 5 p.m. followed by archrivals Boston University and Boston College tangling in the 8 p.m. nightcap. If you want to go with a favorite then pick BU which seems to advance to the fi- nals most years. A dark horse would be Harvard which has. had its problems in the Beanpot. While it's true that Northeastern hasn't won the tournament since 1988, it has played in the champion- ship game five times since then, the most recent being in 2009 when the Huskies were defeated by BU, 6-2. Harvard, on the other hand, last won in 1993 but has advanced to the finals only three times since then -- in 1994, 1998 and 2008. Thus, whoever wins the Harvard- Northeastern game will have the opportunity to make up for a lot of disappointments in prior years. But that team will face either BC or BU, both of which are tough, tour- nament tested and ready for the challenge. It should be fun.