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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 - CORN R TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "Attitude and Confidence in Boxing!" Standing, left to right: Line up of great 1973 Golden Glove Champions, Marvel- ous Marvin Hagler, Bobby Brown and Jackie Smith. Seated, left to right: Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr., Mr. Amato and Jim Jacobs. You need attitude and confidence, in box- ing. You've got to have it. Confidence is a must to be successful in boxing, as is atti- tude. These are key ingredients to success, in everything you do. Standing up to adver- sity. Standing up to factors, catapulted in your path. Perseverance to obstacles and confi- dence in resolution. The need to believe in yourself and who you are. It's only you in the ring. As referees, Dick Flaherty, Eddie Fitzgerald, Tinker Picot and Bob Benoit say, "Protect yourself at all times." Confidence in yourself, to do it and get back up when knocked down. It's a priority, to believe in yourself! Boxing is a sport that tests you. It tests you in many ways and prepares you. When dazed by a punch, will you quit? When you get knocked down, will you get back up? When the crowd boos you, do you get dis- couraged and sulk? When convincingly los- ing will you believe in yourself and fight back to win: World Champions: John L. Sullivan, Rocky Marciano, Paul Pender, Sal Bartolo, Tony DeMarco, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Vinny Paz, Jaime Clampitt, Missy Fiorentino, John Ruiz demonstrated these abilities. Just as top fighters StateAuditor Joe DeNucci, Tony Petronelli, Tommy Collins, Dr. Skeeter McClure, Mark DeLuca, Irish Micky Ward, Irish Joey McCreedy, Jackie Smith, Jerry Forte, Tinker Picot and Tommy Attardo have. All demonstrated te- nacity, while remaining the class individu- als they are. They have a knack. The knack of being themselves. The knack of risking defeat, in order to win. When told "You can't!" tell yourself "I can." When told "You won't," tell yourself "I will!" As when told. "You'll lose," tell yourself "I'll win!", and "Let the games begin!" The only finish line being victory or carried out on your shield! All equate to victory. That of doing the best you can. Remembering Jackie Smith of Brockton, a tough rated fighter. He fought a tough ar- ray of fighters such as # 1 title contender, Mike Colbert; May 1949 Ring Magazine has Paul Roach of Boston, as its Featherweight Prospect of the Month; May 1951 Ring Maga- zine, has Middleweight Jimmy Beau of Con- necticut, rated #6 in the world, behind World Champion Sugar Ray Robinson; 1983 K.O. Magazine, Vinnie Curto of East Boston de- feats Hector Negrete in ten, Sean Mann!on of South Boston defeats Billy Bradley in ten, Freddie Roach of Dedham, defeats Danny Cruz in ten; Ring Magazine, March 1974; Undefeated Light-heavyweight Vinnie Curto Left to Right: Referee Dick Flaherty, Dan Couco of IBRO, Joe Marques, Don Green, Bobby Bolster and Jimmy Connors dinning The punchers: Jerry Forte, Billy Pender, Dan O'Malley and Herb Weissblum. defeats future World Heavyweight title chal- lenger Terry Daniels (Daniels fought Joe Frazier for the World Heavyweight Title on January 15, 1972). Boxing Illustrated April 1969, Come-back Kid Gerald (Honey Boy) Pate delivered impressively at Las Vegas. He's New England's up and coming light- heavy ... Top ten matchmaker is Sam Silverman, top ten fight trainer is Johnny Dunn, honorable mention active fight figure is Paul Mitrano. Top local favorites: Light- weight Billy McCluskey launched his pro career on March 20th 1967 when he duked Bennie Lamumba at the Four Seasons Arena in Walpole, managed by AI elements of Bos- ton. Irish Billy of East Boston developed into a main bout fighter after his fifth fight. A real crowd pleaser at the Roseland Ballroom in Taunton, where Dan LaFratta has been promoting fights ... Dick Hall of Boston, turns in a stunning upset when he halted Jimmy Rosette of California at 2:15 of the second round in Las Vegas. In Maine, Jerry Gracl stopped Brad Silas in 8. In Taunton, Juan Botta kayos Ernesto Ortiz in 5, Billy McCluskey kayos Ernie Dew in 4. Boxing Illustrated December 1972; World ratings: Heavyweight #24 Jack O'Halloran, Light- heavyweights #12 Eddie Owens and #46 Joe DeNucci. Lightweight #50 Donny Sennett. #24 Heavyweight Giant Irish Jack O'Halloran of Boston wins the California title when he defeats Henry Clark by decision. He also defeats Rahaman All, the younger brother of Muhammad All, by way of a KO at 1:23 of the eighth round. Jack O'Halloran defeated British Commonwealth Champion Dan McAlinden. A quote from Boxing Illus- trated "Sort of makes him the All-lrish Heavy- weight Champion."... In New Bedford, Paul Cardoza outpoints Lloyd Duncan in eight. Fresno, California Billy Ryan kayoed Loyd Price. Let's "Rock!" at "A tribute to Allie Colombo, trainer of World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano. This time will be held at Joe Angelo's in Brockton on Saturday, February 20th. A great line up. of guest are expected. A quote from the Mass Retirees Date Log: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character give him power." -- President Abraham Lincoln Happy Birthdays: December: 10~ Richard Hand, 13~ Dan Coueo and Louie DeCicco, 16~ Paul Doyle and World Champion Vinny Paz, 22nd Ed Fitzgerald, 24~ Jimmy Con- nors, 26~ Chris Sarno, 28~ Roland Milton, 29th Greg Varatanian. January: 2nd Doug Pendarvis, 7th Danny Long and Frank Calabro, 11th Jerry Huston, Ryan Long and John O'Brien, 14th World Champion Tony DeMarco, 15th RIP Honey Mellody and Michael George, 16u~ Juan Botta, 19~ Missy Fiorentino, 23rd RIP Peter Santoro, 27m Bob Hanna and Bob Franklin. February: 9th World Champion Vito Antuofermo and Jake Kilrain, 10th Bob Treiger, 11th Jerry Colton, 12th Mark DeLuca (son) and RIP Sam l_angford, 13th Ray DeLicio, 14a Ed Imondi, 18~ RIP World Cham- pion Battling Battalino, 19th Mike "Mugsy" Mullen, 20th Charlie Tartaglia, 21st Tom McNeeley and Bobby Gould, 22nd Ronnie Gerstel, 23rd Michael Halstead, 24th Tommy Conlon and RIP World Champion Lou Bogash, 25th Ralph Wright, 26th Dennis Marrese, 28th Rick Mar!nick. Next week an update on Vinny Mar!no, He calls it "Trophy Season", he does -- that time of year when the pace, the atmo- sphere and indeed the very meaning of the season be- gins to change. All season long the players have been putting forth their best efforts, winning many more games than losing, propelling the Boston College Eagles to a number 10 rank- ing in the college hockey world. The victories and ranking were nice all right but up until the Beanpot something was missing. That's right -- a thing, an item. Something you could reach out and touch. Something you could feel. Something you could possess. That's why Boston College head coach Jerry York refers to the Beanpot as the be- ginning of "Trophy Season". Up to that point, there's just been games. Some have been spectacular. One -- at Fenway Park on January 8 -- was indeed unique. But all there was to take back to campus were memories -- and not necessarily good ones at that, since the Eagles lost that game to arch rival Boston University. "A trophy is a catalyst for our team," noted York in the post-game press confer- ence after his team had claimed the Pot via a 4-3 triumph over BU. He ex- plained that the freshmen and sophomores on the team had never won a trophy until this year's Pot, the last tour- ney win for the Eagles com- ing in the 2008 National Championship game. So as January gave way to early February there was new meaning to the col- lege season. You get awards for significant victories -- not simply two points in the standings. And the Beanpot will merely be the first op- portunity. March will bring the Hockey East Tourna- ment followed by the NCAA Regionals. April will bring the survivors of March Madness to the grand stage -- to Ford Field in Detroit for the NCAA Frozen Four and the chance to compete for the national championship trophy. For our local Division I hockey teams the Beanpot is the opening of "Trophy Sea- son". And it was fitting that the team led by the veteran coach who named the tour- naments that take place in February, March and April as the premier events of "Tro- phy Season" went on to cap- ture the first rung on that ladder at the TD Garden. When the Eagles descended on goaltender John Muse of East Falmouth following their 4-3 victory over BU, it marked at fitting opening to the most meaningful portion of the college hockey season. BU has the memories for winning the Frozen Fenway game, but BC has the trophy for winning the Beanpot. The teams split two other regular season encounters. So who made out better? You out at the Florian Hall ............. who's, doing, some great things .......... decide. Gloves and sticks went sailing into the air as the players celebrated their hard-earned victory over the arch-rival Terriers -- the 250th meeting between the two schools that share a street, a sport and success. No additional games in the regular season remain be- tween the two but they may meet In either the Hockey East Tournament or in the NCAAs. Veteran Boston Uni- versity coach Jack Parker labeled the game a classic and stated there could not have been a more fitting set- ting -- the Beanpot title game being played in the Garden -- for the 250th matchup be- tween the teams. It was the 15a Beanpot title for the Eagles -- the Terriers have 29. Between them the two teams have won 44 of the 58 Beanpot Tournaments played to date. The win was the 370th victory for York in his 16 years as BC's head coach. He left Causeway Street with 837 overall victo- ries in his 38-year career as a college head coach. The Eagles won the Pot for the second time in three years and Muse was the re- cipient of a double load of hardware -- being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as well as the Out- standing Goaltender. He shut out Harvard on opening night and put the brakes on BU for most of the title game, en- abling the Eagles to jump out to a 4-1 lead before things got close near the end. And, in fact, it was a thrill- ing finish with the game going down to the final sec- onds. When BU scored with 2:24 remaining in regulation to bring the Terriers to within one, more than a few people thought back to last April when BU found the range for two goals in the fi- nal minute of the national championship game to pull into a tie with Miami of Ohio and then won the title in overtime. But a last minute goal was not to be scored this time and the Eagles skated off with the most noted hockey hardware in the Hub. Statistically, BU still has a big lead when the twomeet head to head in the Beanpot with the Terriers owning a 27-12 record over the Eagles. In the consolation game, Northeastern defeated Har- vard, 4-1. Very few people attended but it was an im- portant game for the Hus- kies, enabling them to cross over the .500 threshold at 13-12-1. A few more vic- tories the rest of the way and the Huskies may find themselves in the NCAA Tournament. In the afterglow of the Beanpot the regular season resumes. But the next in- stallment of that most ex- citing season -- "Trophy Sea- son" -- resumes in mid March with the Hockey East Tournament. The winning team not only gets a trophy but a big prize as well -- an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. Stay tuned.