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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. President Mickey Finn and Ring 4 Gather at Lindsey's. Pug Ring Leader Tommy Martini & The Pugs. Maureen O'Brien Wins Golden Gloves title and Demetrius Andrade wins IBA Americas Jr. Middleweight Title Not Just a Great Trainer "Freddie Roachr Top Fighter too. Influences in Your Life, Helping you Get to Where You're At. Warriors Award recipient Ed Connolly and presenter Ring 4 President Mickey Finn. Ring 4. at Lindsey's in Wareham with; President Mickey Finn, Recording Secre- tary John O'Brien, Michael Agresta, Jimmy Connors, Ed Connolly, Charles P. Dwyer, Bobby Franklin, Johnny Gibson, Jack Hurley, James Kurker, George Maddox, Donna Previti, Bob Payne, and I. John O'Brien read Minutes of January li TM meet- ing. "Accepted." Longtime active member Ed Connolly recognized, and acknowledged with prestigious Warriors Award. Ed Connolly, your a distinguished member. President Mickey Finn continues his great work. An- other great meeting by administration and members. Pugs are out, for another great gathering and great time with the The Pugs: Pug Ring Leader Tommy Martini, Joe DeNucci, Gloria McNeeley, Ritchie Lydon, Art Boyson, Eddie Bernard (Eddie Lelam), Charley Dwyer, M. Keisbegn, Dan Cuoco, Jimmy Connors, Joe Marques, Paul McInnis, Dick Flaherty, John F. Ford Buddy, Joey DeGrandis, Paul E. Doyle, Jimbo Curran of Peter Welch Gym, Anthony Petronelli, Joe Nardo, Rick Rudolph, Don Green, Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, Mary Nelson, Karen Lynch O'Leary, Pop (Francis) Lynch, Tom Dargin, Jerry Forte, World Champion Tony DeMarco, iottie DeMarco, Ann T. Murphy, Maureen Murphy, Deputy Superintendent William G. Gross, John J. Bijetti. If any question on upcoming Pugs Luncheons con- cerning dates, or weather situations con- tact Tom Martini at (781)344-7374. We all send a big hello to Frankie Ross. Maureen O'Brien won the Lowell Golden Glove title, winning 2 decisions and a walk- over to win the title. On February 7 TM Maureen O'Brien won over Liz Figueroa of Total Performance Boxing, for the title. Trainer Martin Grealish trained Maureen O'Brien. in the absence of Maureen's Trainer Papa Ray Drayton, who is recover- ing from a medical condition. On January 31 st Maureen O'Brien won a hard fought decision over Mellisa Kelly, My compli- ments on Fight Family Teamwork; Papa Ray Drayton, Martin Grealish, and Maureen O'Brien. The Fight Family Works "Together!" Demetrius "The Matador" Andrade 16-0, I I KO's untangled his opponents style, and wrapped up former World title Challenger Angel "Toro" Heraamdez 30-11, 17 KO's for a two round Blitzkrieg Victory. The "Mata- dor" Andrade. is now IBA Americas Junior middleweight champion. He opened up in the second round, dropping "Toro" twice with Hernandez staying on the canvas at 1:39 of the second round. Referee Steve Smoger waved of the count as a knockout victory for Demetrius Andrade. This was a Joe DeGuardia Star Boxing Show at Mohegan Sun Arena. In other bouts Raymond "Tito" Serrano 18-0, 8 KO's is the 15 TM rated Jr. wel- terweight in the World. He got back up from a knockdown in the third, and fought back and won a 10 round decision over Kenny Abril 11-2-4, 6 KO's. Freddie Roach is not just a great Trainer. He's a top World level Experienced Fighter now Trainer, from an era of Top Combatants. Freddie Roach fought top fighters, in his great era. His experience and intelligence, transfers to Top Knowledge. He accumulated a record of 40-13-0, 15 KO's, during his ca- reer versus Top opposition; Darryl Tyson, Hector Macho Camacho, Greg Haugen, Jaime Balboa, Bobby Chaeon, Andy Nance, Joey Olivera, Efrain Nieves, Delio Palacios, Louis Burke. These i0 fighters had a com- bined record of 211-18-4 when they fought Fighter Freddie Roach. In watching "On Freddie Roach," a special series featuring this Great Trainer on HBO. Freddie Roach is Scientific analyzing Fight Techniques. This area has produced many great Past and Present Trainers, who've impacted the world of Boxing significantly; Kenny Butler, Edward Bishop, Gardner Brooks, Frank Calabro, Jimbo Curran, Mike CappielIo, Scan Creegan, Clem Crowley, Allie Co- lombo, A1 Clemente, Bill Connolly, Johnny Dunn, Papa Ray Drayton, Bernie Dohety, Dickie Eklund, Jimmy Farrell, Jimmy Farrell Sr., Martin Greaiish, Carlos Garcia, Billy Hunter, Bob Hayden, Joey Innis, Beau Jaynes, Mike Joyce, Rick Kielczewski, Doug Keefe, Richie LaMontagne, Gabe LaMarca, Tommy Lee, Ray McPeck, Rick Marinick, Jim McNally, Tom Martini, Joe Nolan, John O'Brien, Dan O'Malley, Mike O'Han, Goody Petronelli, Tony Petronelli, Paul Pender, Pit Perron, Nick Previti, Johnny Pretzie, Freddie Roach, Joe Roach, John Ruiz, David Romahlo, Chick Rose, Frankie Ross, AI Romahlo, Mike Ryan, Dana Rosenblatt, Paul Stivaletta, Donny Sennett, A] Sacramone, John "The Boxer" Sculley, Norman Stone, Matt Troiani, Chris Traietti, Vinnie Vecchione, Micky Ward, Peter Welch, Johnny Wood, Joe Wright, Herbie Weissblum, Willie Williams, Charles "Babe" Wood and many others. I take my hat off to.Freddie Roach. He's an Experienced World Player Great Champion Trainer, who fought in a Great Era. Seven trainers I've named, I've worked under, who I've learned from; Al Clemente, Johnny Dunn, Goody Petronelli, Paul Pender, AI Sacramone, Vinnie Vecchione, and Charles "Babe" Wood. I am very honored to have had the opportunity to learn from these great individuals. Thank you all. Who or What positively inspired you? Who or what helped you succeed? What positive influences helped you be a fighter? Being a Fighter, is a special skill. I know and real- ize that I use the term "Fighting!" many times. Many I believe view that as sending the message to engage in Fisticuffs and com- bat to achieve what one wants. Quite the contrary, do I mean engaging in ombat or Fisticuffs. I mean, Having the courage to face adversity. Having the courage to not fight, because of having courage. Engaging in verbal combat, to "Do the right thing!" Make me aware of these positive influences in your life. ** "Fights!" March 30 th on ESPN2 and live at Foxwoods in CT. Hammerin Hank Lundy fights Dannie Williams and E1vin Ayala dukes it out with Hector Macho Camacho Jr. North American Champion and World title Challenger Anthony Petronelli and another Great Trainer Jimbo Curran and top Fighter Joe Nardo. Just before the Bruins left on their current road trip head coach Claude Julien talked about identity -- what he considered to be the hall- marks of a successful team. He started by comparing the current New York Rang- ers with the B's and it was interesting. "No doubt right now they're playing the best," noted the coach. 'rhey play hard, they play well, like we did last year when we were playing well. They grind you down and they don't give you much and whenever you give them an opportunity, they pounce on it. Right now, that's the kind of identity we're looking for again." The B's were blanked 3-0 in that game against the Rangers which led Julien to bring up another point about identity. "We've got to start being a better checking team first because when we were a good checking team that's when we scored goals. We're not checking as much, we're trying to play more of an easy type of game and an open game and we're not scor- ing. So I think we need to do more checking. That's basi- cally what our identity has been and that's kind of got- ten lost lately." He's right about the scor- ing something that has tailed off for the B's over the past few games. "We're a checking team that scores but right now we're not check- ing and we're not really scor- ing. We've got to get back to checking." And what exactly does Julien mean by that? "Checking is playing a lot harder, winning battles and being really hard to score against. When you do that teams get frustrated." He added that frustration often leads to mistakes, then to breakdowns on the ice which results in goals. That's the kind of game the coach says the Bruins were playing up until a few games ago. But now the tables have been reversed. It's the Bruins that have been frustrated, it's the B's that have had break- downs and it is the opponents that have been scoring and winning games. JEREMY JOLTS THE NBA It definitely didn't start out listed at the top of the list but perhaps the most interesting game of the regular season will take place on Sunday, March 4 when the Celtics face the New York Knicks and the NBA's latest sensa- tion -- Jeremy Lin. The fact that Lin played his college ball at Harvard -- he stayed all four years and graduated -- and then was basically overlooked by the NBA has only added to the dia- mond-in-the-rough theme. In some comments with ESPN Radio Lin revealed that not only was he spurned by many Division I colleges during recruiting but there were even some Division III schools that passed on him. Imagine that. He wasn't selected in the NBA draft but did sign with Golden State as a free agent and spent a season on the bench there. America has always loved the story of the underdog who overcomes long odds, proves all so-called authorities wrong and upends things so to speak. The Lin story has all of' those. Basically overlooked by colleges with top basket- ball programs as a high school senior, even though he led his California high school to a 32-1 record and a state championship in 2006, Lin went to Harvard an aca- demic achievement in it- self--but not a place to play in basketball's spotlight. While there the Crimson did not win an Ivy League title and thus never gained an NCAA tournament berth where Lin could showcase his talents on national TV. Bypassed in the 2010 NBA draft, he was consigned to benchwarmer status by two franchises. Signed as a free agent by the Warriors, he played in only 29 games for them last season and saw only seven minutes of action in two pre-season games for the Houston Rockets this past December before being claimed off waivers by the Knicks. That's right. Rockets coach and former Celtics star Kevin McHale let him go. That may turn out to be his second big- gest mistake since 2007. The first: letting Kevin Garnett leave Minnesota for the C's. Lin thus came to New York as a third string point guard but the Celtics figured in his future. After the C's scored an impressive fourth quarter 91-89 come-from-behind vic- tory over New York at the TD Garden on February 3 -- a game in which Lin played only a little over six minutes -- Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, displeased by the performance of his team, de- cided to give the newcomer a real chance. The next night -- Febru- ary 4- Lin had 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists in a 99-92 win over the New Jersey Nets. The rest, as they say, is history. The last time Lin was on Causeway Street he was just an afterthought to many fans. True, he may have been rec- ognized by some people be- cause he had played at Harvard but the vast major- ity had their eyes trained on the Knicks' stars Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. In his abbreviated appearance on February 3, he scored just two points (both on foul shots), grabbed two rebounds and dished off for one assist. But what a difference a month will make. When he takes to the floor on March 4 he will be the center of attention. Truth really is stranger than fiction. And once again America basks in the warm glow of the American Dream coming true in our own time and place.