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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Fight City Lowell Golden Gloves Crowns Champions. Fighting at the "Block Party." Vladine Biosse, Sean Eklund, Elvin Ayala, Luis Rosa Jr., J.C. Peterson, Theron Johnson, Edwin Soto, Javier Flores, and Thomas Falowo. "Victorious at the Mohegan Sun." James Murrin, South Boston dec. Dennis Kelleher of Jamaica Plain. 1651b. Robert Rodriquez, Dorchester, dec. Ryan White, Norwood. 1781b. Chris Davis, Framingham, dec. Niall Healy, Dorchester. Heavyweight Joel Felix, Manchester N. H., dec. Jose Cabrera, Marlboro. Super-heavyweight Dylan Mess, Cam- bridge, dec. Sean Crowley, Stoughton. 141 lb. championship; Rashidi Ellis of Lynn versus Carlos Candelario of Lawrence. At Foxwoods, Sean Eklund fights for victory. A family "fighter" corner of World Champion uncles Micky Ward and Dickie Eklund. Both worked the corner of Eastern Boxing Association New England welter- weight champion Sean Eklund. They're a tough family from "Fight City" Lowell. The constant, relentless fight style of Sean Eklund earned a hard fought decision vic- tory over Noel Garcia (2-7-1) of Springfield. Sean had not fought since March of 2010. Elvin Ayala at 21-5, cruised to victory and won by decision over Mustafah Johnson, by scores of 60-54, on all three scorecards. Opening the night, like a Terminator, 5-0, 4 KO Luis Rosa Jr., stopped Justin Goodall (1-2), at 1:14 of the third round. Tough Billy Mofford of Randolph returned to the ring af- ter seven years of absence. Billy Mofford fought tough opponent Theron Johnson (5- 3) of Chicago. It took Billy Mofford, a couple of rounds to get back into the swing of things. Remember, he hasn't fought in seven years. When Billy Mofford shook off the rust, he was back into the swing of punches and things in later rounds. Fight him again Billy. You'll beat him next time. J.C. Peterson (1-8), won a close controver- sial decision over veteran Brian Macy, who has not fought in a couple of years. Edwin Soto (6-0-1) defeated James Ventry {7-13) of New York. Javier Flores of Puerto Rico at 5-0 and 5 big KO's, excited the crowd with a vicious body attack on his opponent. This was his professional debut. He stopped Marcus Hall at 2:05 of the second round. A "Battle Royal," was won by Thomas Falowo (1-0, 1 KO) of Providence over Greg McCoy (2-1-2, 1 KO) of New Haven. They waged war for 4 rounds. Thomas Falowo was victorious in this slug-fest, which ended at l: 17 of the fourth round. CF_ will be back in action, on February 25 th at Twin Rivers in Lincoln, Rhode Island. I'll see you there. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 1321b. Tim Ramos, Framingham, dec. Cameo Martin, Boston. 1411b. Rashidi Ellis, Lynn, dec. Carlos Candelario, Lawrence. 1521b. John Xifares, Nashua, won by walk- over. 1651b. Derek Couture, Methuen, dec. Neal Sullivan, Worcester. Heavyweight. Bryan Daniels, Boylston, KO'd (I) Nicholas Nelson, Boston. Super-heavy Owen Minor, Worcester, KO'd (1) Justin Fabian, Lawrence. All Golden Glove fighters fought admira- bly, and gave a good account of themselves. They each stepped into the Squared Circle. All are "Winners," as I see it. They all dis- played courage. This was another fine show that could have revealed future top talent in the business of fighting. Check out a gym. "Fight!" Rather than saying "You could have." Congratulations to Art Ramalho, and thank you to Dennis Whitton. We in the boxing world, are working on a time for fighters. A "Blessing of Fighters!" from the New England area. I'll keep you posted. A committee is being put together by members of the Boxing Fraternity Fight World, such as: Ring President Mickey Finn, Pugs Luncheon Ring Leader Tommy Mar- tini, Bob Benoit, Iron Mike Pusateri, Jimmy Connors, Ed Casey, and other members of other Fight Fraternities have been in com- munication. Things are coming along well. This event is being scheduled for early Au- gust of 2011. We'll keep you posted. "LOWELL GOLDEN GLOVES" The Golden Glove Tournament does it again. Fight City Lowell entertains fans with "Amazing Fights!" {dec.= decisioned) NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS 1231b. Elhan Nevzadi of Waltham dec. Gary Summers of Framingham. 1521b. 132 lb. championship; Tim Ramos of Framingham versus Cameo Martin of Boston. A significant part of Golden Glove History; Art Romahlo pictured with Iron Mike Pusateri. Carlos Garcia with his fighter. It was thrilling. It was and widened the scene to enthralling. It held your include Huntington Avenue interest until the very last as well. moment. Too be sure the Eagles won It was the 2011 Beanpot and Comm. Ave. is still the and everyone would agree main street of college hockey that all fans got the money's in America, with BU and BC worth from the action on the anchoring each end but first two Mondays in Febru- Huntington is inching closer ary this time around, to providing a most worthy Yes, it was Boston College, alternate route. the defending national cham- When one looked at the pions that won -- barely. And records of the teams prior to yes it was Northeastern, a the game, there seemed to be school that many often don't a significant gap with BC consider when discussing at 21-6-0 and NU the Beanpot Championship, at 10-11-6. that lost by a whisker -- in "You have to throw the overtime, no less. records out," said BC coach And there was Boston Jerry York, who noted that NU University, so often winning actually entered the matchup the title in this event (29) having elevated its game at that its fans have informally midseason with a 5-2-i renamed the tournament record in its last eight games. the BU Invitational, winding "Northeastern was a pretty up in fourth place for the first formidable opponent. They time since 1980. are strong from the goalten- And there was Harvard, hav- der, to the defense to the for- ing a less-than-successful wards. If you just sawthe won- season, coming out of the loss records for both teams, tournament having defeated you might think that this was those nationally ranked going to be a relatively easy Terriers with two goals in the game for Boston College. But final five minutes of the con- we have followed Northeast- solation game to grab what ern and I think it was a very may well be the highlight of hard win to accomplish." the Cimson's season. Indeed, BC had all it could Want another story line? handle in the Huskies who Try this one. It's Jimmy led at various points by 2-1, Hayes, a lad born and raised 3-2 and 5-4 counts. Even within the city limit s of when the Eagles eventually Boston (Dorchester) becoming went ahead 6-5 NU refused to only the 12 th player in tour- be dismissed, coming on nament history to win the strong to knot things at 6-6 Beanpot with an overtime with 1:46 left in the third on goal in the Hub's very own a tally by Wade MacLeod. college tournament. If some- Many felt that momentum one wrote that in a script, had swung at that moment you'd say it was made up. and that NU might "just The 13 goals scored in the manage to pull it out before Championship game (BC 7, time expired but it did not Northeastern 6) were the happen. Then exactly six most scored in a title game minutes into the extra ses- since 1996 when BU beat sion Hayes managed to put Northeastern, 11-4. his shot past NU goalie Chris It also was the first time Rawlings to end the most ex- since 1994 that the tourna- citing Beanpot final in years. ment champion was forced to Rawlings, for his part, made win both its games in over- 39 saves in the champion- time. Seventeen years ago ship game and won the Eberly the Eagles edged the Huskies, Award for the goalie with the 5-4 in double overtime on best save percentage in the opening night and then two-night event. He was the outlasted Harvard, 2-I for the fourth Northeastern net- title in a single overtime ses- minder to win the award in sion. This year BC downed BU the past six years. 3-2 in OT on opening night "I've been in a lot of games," while NU made the final with said NU head mentor Greg a 4-0 victory over Harvard. Cronin as he ticked off a list The last time Northeastern of prior hockey highlights. scored as many goals in the "But that game had more championship as it did this drama, back and forth, more year came in 1988 -- when character for both teams," NU won the title by downing said the Huskies coach with BU 6-3. The Huskies have reference to the contest that scored more ttian a half dozen saw six tie scores and seven goals in other Beanpot games one-goal lead changes. but not in the championship "I said to myself after the final, third period that it's a shame And yet, while BC claimed that somebody has to have to the title once more -- mak- lose this. I think BC got ing it three trophies for the control of the puck and they men from the Heights out of established a forecheck and the last four- the story was a cycle game early in the really about the breakout of overtime that got us on our Northeastern. heels. They finished us off Unranked and supposedly with what they do better than outgunned, it took the num- anybody in the country and ber 1 team in America into that is play a tremendous overtime. And just to prove it transition game." wasn't a fluke it tied the College hockey returns to game with less than two the Garden on March 18-19 minutes left in regulation, a with the semifinals and score that loosened the championship of the Hockey chokehold of Commonwealth East Tournament. Let the Avenue power in this event excitement continue.