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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 9, 2012 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. In the World of Boxing! The Art of Being a Fighter? What's a Fighter Really All About? "Tony DeMarcoF' Honorably Deserves World Boxing Hall of Fame Induction. "Ali 70 from Boxing and Wrestling Magazine November 1956 with Tony DeMarco on the cover. Many great individuals, I've met in the Fight World. I've met fellow Fighters, Pro- moters, Trainers, Corner men, Managers, Fans, and all. We couldn't have done it, without "You!" It's a great World, that's hard to detach from. There are many great individuals, in the Fight Family. I look at all, associ- ated with this great family. Admirably with pride, I com- mend all. As the saying in Boxing goes? "You can never tell a great Fighter, till they've gotten Knocked Down." It's a great saying. What do you do when you get knocked down? Do you stay down, or do you "Get Back Up and Figh t back Harder?" Proudly I say. You get back up, and "Fight Back Harder if you can?" Fighting back, and doing the Best you can, is what it's all about. Look at what the great Rocky Marci-. ano did. The Real Rocky got knocked down twice during his career. It wasn't that he got knocked down twice in his career. It's that he got back up twice in his career from knockdowns, and "Won both Fights by Kayo!" The real "Rocky!" is the only Heavyweight Boxing Cham- pion in History, to retire Undefeated. His record is 49-0-0, 43 K.O. That's right, 43 knockouts "Ouch!" Who else can say they did that? He's a product of Brockton in Massachusetts. The Brockton Blockbuster, is a close family member of Rich and Mike "Little Rock" CappieUo. If you ever saw Mike "Little Rock" Cappiello fight, you'd see the similar- ity in their fighting style. They make "em tough in Massachusetts. Rocky Marc- iano of Brockton is as Great a Man, as he's a Fighter. World Welterweight Cham- pion Tony DeMarco is in every sense of the way what a World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee should be. Boston Massachusetts own, World Champion Tony DeMarco is a product of the North End. He's from a great era of Fighters. The 1950's. He's also co-Participant, in the fight of the 20 th Century versus Hall of Fame In- ductee Carmen Basilio. "Both Fought", the Fight of the Century Together. Tony Las Vegas" Ali Still Affects the World! DeMarco fought 8 World Champion Greats; Paddy DeMarco, Jimmy Carter, Johnny Saxton, Carmen Basilio, Wallace Bud Smith, Kid Gavilan, Virgil Akins, and Don Jordan. Tony DeMarco is a classy gentle- man, appearing always ready to help others. He's a man that I have always heard give encouraging messages to others. If I was on the Hall of Fame commit- tee to nominate and elect Fight Family members to the World Boxing Hall of Fame. I would without a doubt nominate, elect and induct World Champion Tony DeMarco, to the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Wouldn't You? His creden- tials are legitimate and wor- thy of inclusion to the Hall of Fame. On a smaller scale Reinaldo Oliveira & Jerry Tramantano fought the Fight of the Night in 1973. At the Golden Glove Tourna- ment. I am proud of this rec- ognition, as I believe Jerry Tramantano is. We did it to- gether. I know this is in no way comparison to the World recognition of high skilled talent that World profes- sional fighters display in World Professional title fights, as Champion greats Carmen Basilio and Tony DeMarco in the Fight of the century did. Ours was, fight of the Night. It's the fact that each pushed the other to achieve the notoriety that each other achieved. We are proud of each other. I saw Jerry Tramantano at fights in Rhode Island. We admira- bly acknowledged one an- other. "We did it Together!" I'm watching, Ali 70 From Las Vegas. This is a great show on Living legend Muhammad Ali. The Stars are out in recognition of "The Greatest" ; Lenny Kravitz, Ken Jeong, Larry King, Larry Ruvo, James Gandolflni, Cee Lo Green, David Copperfield, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Iron Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg, George Foreman, Quincy Jones, Lonnie All, Cindy Crawford, President January 1978 Ring Maga- zine titled. The Ali Roller Coaster. Barrack Obama, Slash, Stevie Wonder, Wayne New- ton, Wolfgang Puck. Donny & Marie Osmond, Penn & Teller, David Beckham, Joe Perry, Dave Koz, Mike Love, Scan Combs, John Legend, Chris Cornell, Michael Modic M.D. and Andre Agassi. All Stars shinned, and further illuminated Star Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas. Great Comments were heard on this show; Some acknowledged Trainer Angelo Dundee. Others "The Greatest!" Muham- mad AIi; "This great fighter affected the World unlike any other Fighter." "I'm the King of the World!" "Ali's impact is timeless." "If that don't do, I'll get him in two!" "He inspired us to not be afraid to speak our mind." "Muhammad All has changed the world in and out of the Ring!" FIGHTS IN MARCH 17 th on HBO from Madison Square Garden Sergio Martinez does Battle with Matthew Macklin and Edwin Rodriquez Dukes it out with Donovan George. 24 th on NBC Sports Net- work from New York Zab Judah fights Vernon Paris in an IBF Junior Welter- weight eliminator fight. 30 th at Foxwoods in Con- necticut Hank Lundy Dukes it out with Dannie Williams and Elvin lyala and Hector Camacho Jr. Tangle for Victory. Salute to Wareham Residents Killed in Southeast Asia R.I.P., Marine Corp, PFC. Carlos James Rose, honored along with R.I.P. heroes Rich- ard Arruda, Ronald Bumpus, and James Crowley. This is a Salute to Wareham residents killed in ac- tion while Serving in Southeast Asia. This Memorial Brunch will be at the Dudley L. Brown, V.F.W. Post 2846 in Onset on March 31 st. Onset is a part of Wareham. PFC. Carlos James Rose boxed on the Wareham Recreation Boxing team in the mid '60s. PFC Rose was good with his reach, snappy punches and heart, We had a good boxing team. On Saturday, March 3 the Boston Bruins were defeated by the New York Islanders 3-2 at TD Garden. It was all part of a plan, it was, and the best part about it from the viewpoint of the Boston Celtics was that it worked. Yes it did. And although Paul Pierce will rightly be remembered for hitting a jump shot against the New York Knicks that would send the contest into overtime (where the Celtics would ultimately prevail 115-111), it may be the plan that actu- ally carried the day over the duration of the game. That and the impressive triple double (18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists) by Rajon Rondo -- who also drew the assignment of guarding the new Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin. And what was the plan? Let Rondo explain. "He got into foul trouble early and that's what my intentions were early," explained Rondo. "Just try to go at him and be aggressive and try to get him out of the game." And thus it was that Jer- emy Lin, the focus of atten- tion in what had become the most anticipated game of the regular season, was forced to temporarily take a seat on the bench after picking up his second foul just three minutes into the game. Meanwhile Rondo would play an eye-popping 47 minutes and 47 seconds of the 53- minute contest, dominating in all phases of the game: scoring, assists, rebounds, play calling, setting the tempo and defense. But for many it was what Lin didn't do rather than what the Celtics playmaker ac- complished. They came to see Lin. But for significant stretches of the game, they didn't see much of him. In that first quarter, he was out of action, out of the game and off the scoreboard. That sure changed the game. Lin would sit out the remaining nine minutes of the first quarter and would not reen- ter the game until early in the second. He would finish the half with only two points -- on an eight foot running bank shot moments after reentering the game. And in another Lin hallmark statis- tic -- assists -- he had only two by intermission. At that same juncture Rondo had nine points, four boards and eight assists. Rondo would say after the game that Lin didn't do any- thing that surprised him. "It was what we expected," said the Celtics guard. "You know a lot of pick and rolls." Lib did start the third quar- ter and played just over seven and a half minutes, nailing two baskets but did not have an assist. Over the course of the first three quarters he had played 20 minutes and had totaled only six points and two assists. He didn't start the fourth, not taking the floor until 7:19 remained in regulation. If someone had told you before the game started that Lin would only have six points and two assists roughly mid- way through the fourth quar- ter, you would have thought that the Celtics had employed a successful strategy. And that's the point. They had. Lin had six points in the fourth, including a two pointer and a three that were virtually back to back with just over two minutes re- maining that cut the Celtics lead to a single point. The box score is deceptive. For the vast majority of the game Lin was held to single digits before ending with a respect- able 14 points. Rondo definitely outplayed his coonterpart and the man who subbed for Lin -- Baron Davis. It was Rondo's show all the way -- and how he basi- cally shut down the man from New York. There's no question that Lin is a quality player with a number of diverse skills. Per- haps he had an off day in the Garden on March 4 when he finished with those 14 points, four rebounds and five as- sists. But when standards are set so high by some mem- bers of the media and public, sometimes it is difficult to live up to them every day. For his part Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't about to be critical of the new face of the franchise in NYC. 'The thing about Jeremy is that he's going to make some mistakes. He's got a learn- ing curve. There no way you can throw him in here (the Garden) the first time and expect it to be perfect. But he finds a way to be very posi- tive at the end of games, hit- ting that big three and a couple of other shots. It was good and he's going to be good. It's just a matter of going through some learning expe- riences. I thought overall he was good." Lin said he enjoyed playing in the Garden, calling it "my second home" since he came to a number of Celtics games during his days at Harvard. (Continued on Page 8)