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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 4, 2011 0000-CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Paul Delgado of New Bedford admirably fights for World Title. A vote for "CooperP' The Philippines have another top fighter on his way to "Stardom!" Nonito Donaire. Wach whacks Haggler, & Strum strikes Hearns. Golden Glove champion team champions 1973. Upper left, Ward 5 Brockton Jackie Smith, to his right Dr. Rene Barette. Kneeling left Jimmy Jacobs of Ward 5 Brockton, and left, Dan Trazynski, Petronelli Boxing, Brockton. Paul "The Truth" Delgado 31-10-1, 4 KO's, won the vacant USBA Southern Region Welterweight title, December 3, 2010 in his fight with Chris Gray, in Atlanta, Georgia. Paul Delgado is originally from New Bedford. He recently fought on Friday, February 18  against tough Jan Zaveck 25-1, 18 KO's of Slovenia. This fight was for the IBF Welter- weight title, in Slovenia. Referee Benny Decroos waved off this fight in the fifth. This was the third world title defense for Cham- pion Jan Zaveck. Zaveck defeated Paul Delgado, who has a record to be proud of. In his career he's fought; Roberto Vanenzuela, Paul Malignaggi {2}, Wilmer Torres, Jeff Fraza, Demetrius Hopkins, and Jose Felix, amongst other tough notable fighters• Un- defeated female middleweight star Christina Hammer 9-0, 7 KO's, defeated 6-3-1, 5 KO's Diana Kiss, by way of TKO in eight• She now claims the vacant WBF title, and is also the WBO champion• Again the Philippines has a top World Champion• The WBC & WBO bantamweight titleholder is Nonito Donaire 26-I, 18 KO's. With his devastating left hook, stopped Fernando Montiel 44-3-2, 34 KO's. This hook solidified the win for Nonito Donaire. The World Champion. Pow. Another match be- tween contenders Mike Jones and Jesus Soto-Karass. Their first match was on November of 2010. Both entertained the audience with another exciting match. Mike Jones is highly rated in 4 different Boxing organizations. The WBO, WBA, IBF, and WBC. Welterweight Mike Jones at 24-0, 18 KO's, defeated contender Jesus Soto-Karass 24-6-3, 16 KO's. A very impressive match by both. This is the second time they fought. Their first was fought in November of 2010, and was also filled with action. Strategic by both. Especially from Mike Jones. He cut up opponent Jesus Soto-Karass pretty good, around the eyes. Mike Jones won by a unanimous decision in scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111. In New Jersey, Mariusz Wach defeats Jonathan Haggler, by stoppage in three. Mariusz Wach of Poland, is a very good fighter, and was in control of this match from start to finish. To Jennifer Cobis: "Cooper, gets my vote." He's fantastic, and he's a Winner and he's the champ. Talking with Ronnie Gerstel. A brilliant boxer fighter. A stable- mate, at our Ward 5 Gym in Brock- ton. Trainer Vin Vecchione, had many great fight- ers train there, at Tough Ward 5 Brockton Heavy- weight, Attorney, Judge Dan O'Malley. one time or another; Ronnie Gerstel, Donnell Wigfall, RIP Stanley Santos, Steve Duval, Jackie Smith, Jim McNally, Ronnie Drinkwater, Rich Torsney, Jimmy Corkum, Peter McNeeley, Rick Marinick, Dan O'Malley, Paul Poirier, Jimmy Jacobs, Leo Gerstel, Earl Williams, Chris Sarno, Billy Duquette, RIP Tony Lopes, Bobby Asack, Joe Feeney, Jimmy Farrell, amongst many others. I still hear a few bells, from the train- ing with these tough fighters. "Ding .... Ding." It's time to shadow box. Sorry, that's only a "Flashback!" or two, three, four or more. Give me some water. Well? Time to get back working on my physiological, psycho- logical, mathemati- cal, and quantum mechanic theories. In New Jersey, "Wach whacks Haggler." Mariuz Wach 24-0,12 KO's of Poland, defeated Jonathan Haggler 23-4, 18 KO's, to win Fight Family the vacant Baltic member, Heavyweight title. As Attorney the ability of Mariuz Rick Rudolph. Wach, became apparent a ten count was administered to Haggler, at 1:22 of the third round. In Germany, WBA Middleweight champion Felix Strum, defeated challenger Ronald Hearns, of the U.S. Happy Fight Family Birthday, belated on February: 2 nd Rich Cappiello, 9 th RIP Jake Kilrain, and World Champ Vito Antuofermo, 10 TM Bob Treiger, 11TM Jerry Colton, 12  Mark DeLuca Jr., RIP Sam Langford, 13 th Ray DeLicio, 14 th Ed Imondi, 18 TM RIP World Champion Battling Battalino, 19 th Mike "Mugsy" Mullen, 20 th Charlie Tartaglia, 21 st World title challenger Tom McNeeley, RIP Bobby Gould, 22 "d Jared Charney, 23 rd Michael Halstead, 24 th Tom Conlan, RIP World Champion Lou Bogash Sr., 25 th Ralph Wright, 26 th Ronnie Gerstel Jr., Dennis Marrese, 28 th Rick Marinick and Happy Birthdays' on March: 6 th Stephen Tobey, 8 th Johnny Hasson, 9 th Jerry Forte, & Jackie Brady. 17 th Michael Parente, 19 th Manny Lopes, and Pat Long, 25 th Emily Harney, 29 th John Vena, and Rick Rudolph. To yah all? Have a Happy Birthday. And have some Punch,"Pow!" on me. Ward 5 Fighters Jimmy Farrell and Donnell Wigfall. The saga of Kendrick Perkins is over, finally over, with the big man signing a four-year contract extension with his new team -- the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 6-10 center managed to get the Thunder to com- mit to a four-year, nearly $36 million deal despite not hav- ing played a minute for his new team. You see, he's still healing up from a sprained left knee suffered while play- ing with the Celtics. We say the saga is over because this move defi- nitely erases any possibility that Perkins could return to the Celtics next year. If he had not signed the extension and gone into free agency this summer, he would have been free to negotiate with any team at that point, including the Celtics. And while we think the chances of Perkins rejoining the C's would have been pretty slim, one could say that there would have been at least that glimmer of a possibility -- a scenario that has now been eliminated. Perkins' main problem was two-fold. Firstly, he suffered a knee injury in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last June that saw him sidelined until the 2011 portion of the cur- rent season's schedule. That problem led to the second (for him): the Celtics discovered that they could win without him. At the start of the sea- son the talk was how much better the Celtics would be "when Perk comes back." But as the weeks and months went by and the Celtics stockpiled a healthy number of victories, it be- came clear that his pres- ence was not needed. Would it have been welcomed? Sure. But needed? No. The handwriting was writ- ten on the wall when Perkins declined to sign a four-year, $22 million extension with the Celtics, indicating that he wanted to test the mar- ket this summer. The $22 million offer was evidence that the Celtics still wanted him on the team. His decline of that offer all but sealed his fate. What you had was a player who had only appeared on a limited basis attempting to get a raise from a team that was quite successful with- out him and did not need him to win. In addition, there were strong hints he might walk away during free agency come summer, meaning that his allegiance to the team might not be as solid as portrayed in some media reports. So, Celtics President of Bas- ketball Operations Danny Ainge did what he felt he had to do. He traded Perkins and got players in return. And less than a week after that happened Perkins signed his contract exten- sion with the Thunder, the supposed fan favorite closing the door for good on any pos- sibility of his return to those who thought so much of him. How will the Celtics be without Perk? Just the same as they have been through- out this season, thank you. They will continue to win and enter the playoffs on a high note. We hope Perkins is happy with his new contract. In leaving the Celtics -- and remember he did leave them since he could have signed that contract extension to remain with the team -- he revealed that he would rather have more money than another championship ring. We hope he enjoys count- ing his cash as he sits at home this coming June watching his former team- mates play for the NBA Championship. Some expe- riences money just can't buy. We have a feeling that he is about to learn that. NOTES: Although it wasn't given much attention earlier in the year; the two remain- ing regular season games against the Knicks have taken on a new luster now that the New Yorkers have obtained Carmelo Anthony in a multi-player deal. The C's will face the Knicks on March 21 in New York and will then close out the regular season together in a game at the Garden on April 13. Two additional big road games also loom ahead. One is against San Antonio, the best team in Western Conference, on March 31 while the other is against the Miami Heat and LeBron James on April 10. At this juncture we feel that the chances are excel- lent that the Celtics will not play the L.A. Lakers for the NBA title this coming June. Instead of hearing the chant "Beat L.A." it could easily be modified to "Beat S.A." Think about it. Rajon Rondo continues to add to his assist accumula- tion, having dished off on more than 2,700 occasions as a Celtic, moving him into 10th place all-time on the C's list while only in his fifth year on Causeway Street. He still has quite a ways to go, though, before he'll be right near the top. The all-time assist leader for the Green is Bob Cousy, who passed the ball to a scor- ing teammate some 6,945 times. John Havlicek is sec- ond with 6,114 while Larry Bird is third (5,695) and Bill Russell is fourth (4,100). Paul Pierce, who has been with the Celtics a good many more years than Rondo (Pierce is in his 13 u season), is the only other active player on the list. He's sixth with 3,586. ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, mos.t loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. L.M.D.