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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 2, 2012 00C-ORNER TALK Reinaldo Oliveira. Jr. Ring 4 Honors Tom McNeeley on April 22 n at Florian Hall in Dorchester Positive Factors and Inspirations in Our Life, that Help Give Us Courage to Fight, for What We Have and Want Fights March 9 th at Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Standing up to Adversity and Remembering Fight Family! The wonderful Susan Murphy and her husband Fight Official Marty Muphy at the Fights. Think of influences in your life which helped make you who you are? Fight Fam- ily Members tell us, what helped influence you in be- coming the fighter you are? A suggestion to all. Get the movie "The Fighter." This is a great movie on Irish Micky Ward and Dickie Eklund. Watch it several times. A movie on two great inspi- rational individuals. "Two tough fighters." Individuals who fought proudly, the best in the world. Always giving their best in the ring. Proudly their names are etched in history amongst the greats of the game. What helped you? You in the red corner! Yeah, I'm talking to you. What encouraged you to fight and become the fighter you are? A fighter in life and in the ring. Tell us positive in- fluences in your life. What helped you become the fighter you are? I spoke with top successful fighter Jim McNally who says, "My fa- ther (Bernie McNally) going to the Golden Gloves" back in 1961. Jim says that he begged his father to take him. Please, please let me go, he went, loved it and knew that someday that was what he was going to do. He wasn't planning to be a fighter. I, Reinaldo am going to give you my rendition on why Tony became a fighter. Tony Petronelli is one of the toughest fighters I've seen. He could box with the best of them. As soon as he got "hit" he broke out to "seek and destroy," which he did many times. My conclusion? Tony's a "fighter!" Richard Tors- ney says, "Being Irish and growing up in Southie." Joe Feeney says, "He knew he was athletic in baseball, foot- ball and hockey." Sports like boxing the person weighing 150 Ibs. has more opportuni- ties at 150 Ibs. or smaller. Sometimes you can be a good athlete boxing on your own. "You can be a good ath- Check out the Belt of a Champion on Champion Missy Fiorentino. lete and not find success on the team, because there are too many variables and teammates may not perform up to expectations," says Tommy Martini. Always short in stature, was fast with his hands and liked the boxing world. Some of the honorable fight family members: Demetrius Aadrade, Jimbo Amato, Robert Benoit, Angie Carlino, Steve Canton, Jared Charney, Mike Cul- bert, Paul Doyle, Kenny Florian, Missy Fiorentino, Danny Kelly, Martin Greal- ish, Gabriel Gonzaga, Clay Guida, Wladimir Klitschko, Tommy Lee, Dennis Mar- rese, Marry Murphy, Dickie McDonough, Joe Nardo, Mark Porter, Scott Ploof, Kurt Remlinger, Jackie Smith, Loi Sergio, Tony Triem, Rich Torsney, Irish Micky Ward, Shirley Wood and Fred Valenti. Come on down, and honor Tom McNeeley at Florian Hall in Dorchester. Call 617-838-0055 for tickets. Wladimir Klitschko 44-2, 40 KO's defeated Derck Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Smokin' Joe Frazier passed away on November 7, 2011 at age 67. R.I.P. Chisora 15-3, 9 KO's. This was a bout clearly won by Wladimir Klitschko 118-110, 118-110, 119-111 in 12 rounds. Wladimir Klitschko I have high respect for. He's got class. Fighters live by the Honor Code of the Fight Family. Chris Arreola 35-2, 30 KO's stopped Eric Molina 18-2, 14 KO's in a one round brawl. Both came out for vic- tory, won by Chris Arreola via I st round Kayo at 2:30. Both fighters honorably fought for victory. Remembering the guys and girls of Boxing: RIP Gardner Brooks, Angelo Dundee, Smokin' Joe Frazier, Sammy Fuller, Jake Kilrain, Bernie McNally, Al Nayer, Goody Petronelli, Pat Petronelli, Paul Pender, Iron Mike Pusateri, "Rip" Valenti, Charles "Babe" Wood. We 'ill never Forget you. Happy belated Birthday (February 22 nd) to Jared Charney. Fights: March 9 th at the Rhode Island Convention Center. "Who's Next?" on March 9 th, For highly decorated fighter Jason "Big Six" Estrada 17-4, 4 KO's. In his record are highly recognized World Champions Alexander Povetkin and Tomasz Adamek. He fought both to decisions. Estrada has Victo- ries over fighters: Lance Whitaker, Derek, Bryant, Charles Shufford and Zuri Lawrence. This fight card will feature upcoming fight- ers from the area: Dustin Reinhold 4-2, 2 KO's battling Jose Angel Ortiz 4-6-1, 1 KO. Kali Reiss 3-i-1, 2 KO's fighting Marva Dash in her pro debut. Rich Gingras 10- 2, 6 KO's, Diego Perei 6-0- 1, 2 KO's, Brian "The Bull" Barbosa 30-6, 22 KO's fight- ing John Johnson 13-2, I0 KO's in six rounds. Cape Cod fighter Paul Gonsalves 2-2, 2 KO's, Joe Gardner 7-4-1, 1 KO. President of "The Big Six" is Artie DePinho. April 28 Ch Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jer- sey. Bernard Hopkins dukes it out with Bad Chad Dawson again. June 9 th Manny Pacquiao 54-3-2, 38 KO's and unde- feated 28-0, 12 KO's Timo- thy "Desert Storm" Bradley square off for battle this night. The Boston Bruins' played host to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, February 28 at TD Garden. (Photo by Rosario It was 50 years ago (March 2, 1962) that one of the most famous moments in the his- tory of the NBA took place. It was Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game -- a game that few saw and for which no video or film footage exists. Wilt, whose duels with the Celtics Bill Russell became famous, accomplished the feat before only about 4,000 fans at the half filled Hersey Arena in Hershey, Pennsyl- vania as he led the Philadel- phia Warriors to a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. The regular season game was scheduled for Hershey as a favor to residents of that community for hosting Philadelphia's pre-season training camp over the years. There were two still photographers on hand but one left after the first quar- ter. Chamberlain finished the regular season with an as- tounding 50.4 points per game average and a stellar 25.7 rebounds per game norm. Then some 29 years later there was another, fantastic performance -- this time by a high school goalie named Tim Thomas. It was March 2, 1991 and Davison High School, with Thomas in net was playing Port Huron Northern in the Michigan high school playoffs. To say the game went into overtime would be an under- statement. Indeed, it would turn out to be one of the games in the history of or- ganized hockey. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, the game wouldn't be decided until the sixth overtime pe- riod when Davison emerged a 3-2 victory. That's right, they played hockey into the ninth period with Thomas going the en- tire game with stellar play in goal, making 62 saves over the course of the con- test. For his part," Thomas remembers the exhaustion of his teammates "guys just sprawled out in the halls be- tween periods." Thomas said the game started at 4:00 pm and didn't end until close to 11:00 pm. The fans sure got more than their money's worth. THREE'S COMPANY -- The NHL trade deadline passed and resulted in a pair of homecomings as both for- ward Brian Rolston and Scabin, Ross Photography) defenseman Mike Mottau are returning to the Hub. In addition the B's also picked up defenseman Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild. Rolston is better remem- bered by B's fans since he played here from 1999 to 2004 while Mottau, a native of Quincy, played at Boston College and won the Hobey Baker Award in 2000, effec- tively naming him the most outstanding player in college hockey for the 1999-2000 season. "We've added some vet- eran depth to our lineup," noted Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli in a press confer- ence. "I feel that Rolston is a motivated player with a terrific shot. He can really skate and can depth and ver- satility. He can move up and down the lineup and has a big shot." Chiarelli assessment of Mottau was of a player who "adds strength to our defen- sive depth. He's a left shot D and we've been looking for some left shot O's. He has a good head on his shoulder plus good mobility. He keeps a nice gap for someone his size which is hard to do." The GM feels that Zanon "is a real gritty competitor. He's a warrior type defenseman. So now we have eight defensemen in the mix. We've added the for- ward (Rolston) and we've also improved our defensive depth." All three players indicated that they were glad to be coming to Boston. Well, I mean wouldn't you if you were just traded to a con- tender that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Last weekend Rolston and Mottau were toiling away for the Islanders, a team that was next to last place in the Eastern Conference and go- ing nowhere. The same can be said for Zanon in Minne- sota where the Wild were in 12th place in the Western Conference. Yet in one swoop here they are, with a team in second place in the East and chal- lenging for first. How's that for improving your employ- ment picture in life. Saved by the trading deadline bell for sure. From exile to eupho- ria. Maybe they're not The Big Three but they're cer- tainly The Rescued (from oblivion) Three. (Continued on Page 13)