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Page 12 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 { t ili ...... ¸¸ The crowd was settling in, A bitter pill to swallow for Tony DeMarco it was, as the 2015 Beanpot the folks who inhabit the of- The Champ Hits the Deck but is Back on His Feet Tournament championship rices, dorms and classrooms game was preparing to go starting right about where tached to get things working into overtime, the subway emerges from again. After a stay at MGH After all, wasn't this the it subterranean traverses Tony will spend some time in year that the tournament around Kenmore and snakes rehab to get himself back to had an extended intermis- up the street before letting normal again, sion, one brought on by folks off at Agganis Arena. The Champ told me he snowstorms. So now, here Yes sir, it had been an era views this as being back in they were, some three of decline in the land where training and is looking for- weeks after the first night of everyone wears red and ward to the challenge of re- the Pot had been played back white, but where numerous gaining his footwork. Dottle on that first Monday in defeats left everyone feeling tells me Tony is not a very February. blue. happy camper having to stay Now it was the last Mon- But now, just a couple of in the hospital, but that is a day in February and the years after legendary Coach good sign, though he better Tony with Roberto Duran Beanpot champion still had Jack Parker handed over the watch his step because not been determined. Not in reins to fellow BU alum David Mrs. DeMarco can deliver a must admit, I feel a little those intervening three Quinn after 40 years at the Tony DeMarco with Sammy solid right hand to the nose. sorry for the therapists who weeks, not in the three pc- helm, the Terriers are once Fuller He is still full of fight and will be working on Tony in riods on this cold February again a force to be reckoned Everyone's favorite Cham- wants to get back to his daily rehab as I doubt they will be night, not in a while, with in the land of college pi0n Tony DeMarco recently routines. This is his first hos- able to keep up with him. And just when you thought hockey. They entered the got into a bit of a tussle with pital stay, and the 83-year-old If you would like to send Boston University might win championship game ranked Old Man Winter. While out Champion does not want to Tony a card, his address is it, well there came North- second or third (depending walking, Tony took a right and make it a habit. Let's just say 50 Staniford Street #709, eastern roaring back from on the poll) in America and a left from the ice and snow he has a touch of cabin fever. Boston, MA 02114. I know he a two-goal deficit in the third show no real signs of letting and went down for a brief All of us who know and love would love hearing from period to tie the count at up as February becomes count. Unfortunately, he frac- Tony have no doubt he will his friends and fans. Tony is 3-3. Yes sir, in a year where March. The championship tured his hip and had to have be back better than ever one of Boston's sports leg- the weather created so victory was their 20 th win of surgery last Saturday at after his stay in "training ends. He is also one very many ifs, ands and maybes the season. Mass. General Hospital. camp." He has beaten much good guy and I am sure he throughout our region, this And, by the way, Grzelcyk Dottle DeMarco told me he tougher opponents over the will be back in action soon. night was turning out to is the first BU hockey cap- has a fracture of the hip ball years and will be back throw- Good Luck Champ, and Come be another that was hard to tain to hail from within the and a pin and plate were at- ing left hooks in no time. I Out Punching! figure. Boston city limits since So, just as the first over- Dorchester resident Mark p time began, people were just Mullen served in that capac- Former Light Heavyweight Cham ion getting settled in for what ity during the 2003-2004 Harold Johnson Answers the Final Bell seemed might be a rather season. He also has stayed .... extended version of the pro- local in the NHL Draft, being 14 th round, and he had : ceedings. Some had not selected by the Bruins back dropped Moore at the end of taken their seats while oth- in June of 2012. the tenth round. But, Moore ers were still at the refresh- And what of Northeastern, caught up with Johnson in ment stands in the corridors, which of late has been there the 14 th dropping him and After all, there didn't seem knocking on the door several then battering him until ref- a real need to hurry, times, but couldn't quite get eree Ruby Goldstein stopped But ... what was all that it done. The Huskies have the fight, noise, that cheering? In been in four of the last five Johnson finally won the less time than it took to championship games, but title in a bout with Doug walk down to your seat it just haven't been able to Johnson in 1962. At that was over as BU Captain Matt convert. NU entered the Harold Johnson point both fighters laid claim Grzelcyk (a junior from Beanpot Final with 15 victo- If you want to see a master to a portion of the title that Charlestown) found the ries and seems to have re- of the Art of Boxing plying his had been left vacant by Archie range a mere 51 seconds covered in Hockey East with craft just type the name Moore who had decided to into the extra session to just a few games remaining Harold Johnson into the campaign as a heavyweight, give BU a stunning 4-30T before the start of the con- search box on YouTube. Harold fought a beautiful victory over Northeastern. ference tournament. Harold was the World's Light fight beating Jones handily. It was the 63 rd Beanpot Coach Jim Madigan has Heavyweight Champion from This is the same Doug Jones and it was the 30 th title for done a fine job in completely 1962 to 1963. I know that who just a year later would the Terriers. Although that's reversing an early season seems like a short reign, but lose a very controversial de- an impressive number, in start that saw the Huskies he has been named the cision to an up and coming fact, the boys from Common- lose nine of their first ten 7 th greatest light heavy- heavyweight by the name of wealth Avenue actually last games. Counting the Bean- weight of all time by Ring Cassius Clay. claimed the trophy back in pot setback to BU, the Hus- 2009, a year better remem- Lies have lost only three thereMagazine'are manyand I don'tboxingthinkex_ twiceHar°ldbeforedefendedlosinghiSitcr°Wnby a Harold Johnson later in llfe. bered by BU faithful for the games in the 2015 portion of perts who would argue with very close decision to the Liston in 1956 but had to pull National Championship vic- their schedule. So there's a that opinion, great Willie Pastrano. By all out due to a shoulder injury, tory over Miami of Ohio in good chance NU may im- Harold Johnson was a clas- accounts this was a very Liston was 13-1 at the time, Washington, D.C. press in the tournament in sic boxer with one of the best exciting bout between two of and I believe that would have But in the present, in the March. left jabs I have ever seen. His the greatest boxing artists in been a very interesting fight, here and now, it was a ter- WRITING ON THE WALL -- jab was accurate, fast, and the light heavyweight divi- It would also have been some- rific win for the Terriers. It While waiting for various punishing. When I watch film sion. Harold would never get thing to see Harold go up meant that BU, a school that Celtics players to appear and of him throwing it, it appears another shot at the title and against the young Cassius puts so much of its athletic speak with the media we that his arm becomes twice retired in 1967 after having Clay who was given so much identity into ice hockey was noticed some interesting as long due to the effective- made a brief comeback, trouble by Doug Jones. back where its alumni felt instructions on the wall of ness he employ s with turn- Johnson fought for over In a bit of trivia, both he and it belonged, those innermost chambers. ing his body to get every bit of 20 years and met all comers, his father fought Jersey Joe After all, it had been six Posted for all to read, the reach into it while never go- In 1953 he lost a split deci- Walcott and both were stopped long years since a night words of wisdom that are ing off balance. It is beautiful sion to Ezzard Charles. by the future Heavyweight like this -- since BU de- written go like this: "WE to watch him in action. Charles would fight Rocky Champion in the third round, feated Northeastern 5-2 in WILL: (1) Sprint to set OUR Harold passed away on Marciano less than a year Boxing promoter J. Russell overtime to claim its 29 th defense; (2} Execute OUR February 7 th at the age later going 15 rounds with the Peltz has written a fine Beanpot title. But things defense with multiple efforts of 86 in his hometown of Heavyweight Champion. tribute to his .boyhood weren't all negative during to completion; (3) Be TOUGH Philadelphia. Johnson held wins idol that can be found at the drought, since BU made with the ball; {4)Play unself- Johnson got his first shot over Eddie Machenl Bob In it he re- the finals twice, losing to ishly with Pace and Space to at the world title against Satterfield, Jimmy Bivins, members him as not only a Boston College in both 2010 get great shots; {5) Dominate Archie Moore in 1954. The Bert Lytell, Arturo Godoy, great fighter but as a real and 2012, the latter in over- effort plays." two had met four times pre- Wayne Bethea, and Paul gentleman. He writes that he time. That was the span in The players must be tak- vious to this with Moore win- Andrews ending his career never heard Harold curse, which the Eagles claimed ing it to heart. There is a ning three and Johnson one, with a total of 87 fights. He "He had class!" That is some- five crowns -- and the renewed spirit about the all were by decision. In their had 76 wins, 32 by knock out, thing the sport of boxing is Beanpot ceased being called team. While it will certainly 5 th and final meeting Harold and 11 losses, sadly lacking today, the BU Invitational and be a battle down the stretch, was slightly ahead on the According to Boxrec, Harold Rest in Peace Harold started being called the BC there remain the potential score cards going into the had signed to fight Sonny Johnson. Classic. for a berth in the playoffs.