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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 11,2011 CORNER ALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. March 12th is Time to Rumble in the Jungle! in Plymouth. 'TII See You at the Fights!" March 16th at the Royale in Boston. /fish Joey Mccreedy Fights Joe Gardner in a Battle/ Fighters: Why Did "You" Become a Fighter? March 15T" is the Next Pugs Luncheon, at 11:00 AM. Ring Hall of Fame Banquet at Florian Hall on April 10T". Sean Eklund pictured with his cornerman Irish Micky Ward. On March 12th come on down and "Rumble in the JungleF at the Jungleplex in Plymouth. You'll see 12 pro- fessional and 11 amateur mixed martial arts matches. I look forward to seeing Joe Lamoreaux vs. Dab McGuane. You'll be entertained by a total of 23 matches. The Pugs Luncheon is on March 15th at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. Pug Ring Leader Tommy Martini promises you another great time. You never know who you'll see here. You'll see a gathering of great pugs. Then on March 16th come on down to the Fights at Club Royale in Boston. The now light- heavyweight Irish Joey McCreedy (11-5-2, 6 KO's) of "Fight City" Lowell, fights 7- 1-1, 1 KO Joe Gardner. Both duking it out for the New England light-heavyweight title, that is held by Joe Gardner. In the near-feature, Sean Eklund (8-4, I KO) of Lowell, the nephew of Lowell fight stars Irish Micky Ward and Dick Eklund. You know and remember these two great fighters. They in- spired the Academy Award winning great film "The Fighter!" They'll be working the corner of Sean Eklund. Sean will be battling in a rubber match with Eddie "The Puerto Rican Sensa- tion" Soto (12-2, 4 KO's) of Rhode Island. "Who'll win this time? I do know this? They're going to give you plenty of action. In a show- down at High noon, Derek Silveira (3-0, 1 KO) of Salem and Jose Angel Ortiz (3-6-I), of Springfield, duel. Maceo Crowder, Roxbury (2-0, 1 KO), and tough Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (4-I, 1 KO) Marshfie!d. She's got talent• Johnathan Vazquez (3-0, 3 KO's) and Frankie Trader (7- 0, 2 KOs) will each fight op- ponents to be named. April I0th, the Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet features all-star world renowned fighters and guests. This year, Ring 4 will Happy March 11th Birthday to Joey DeGrandis. honor World lightweight Champion great Carlos Ortiz, at this Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet, at" the "Florian Hall Dorchester." There's great service, and it's easy to get to. WHY DID YOU BECOME A FIGHTER? "Yow!" Why did you choose to become a fighter? It's like this? Myself. I become a fighter because I could sing and dance. "Hey!" "Yow!" Why does anyone choose to become a fighter? Gentle- men and ladies. Why did you choose to become a fighter? Hey Danny, Mike, Bill, Joe, Ronnie, Rich, Mugsy, Jor- dan, Tommy, and all you other guys. "Why did you guys become fighters?" Is the answer because you couldn't sing or dance? Some of the answers received: "I was short in stature, and ! had to defend myself;" -- "I was influenced by the Stivaletta Brothers;" -- "I saw beauty in it, and it was elegant." -- "I wanted to be a somebody." -- "A challenge that's a lot harder than it looks." -- "Someone started a fight with me in Junior High School. I beat them up." -- "I started on a bet. The more I learned, the better I liked it." -- "Being around my father, uncles and friends when they watched the fights on the Cavalcade of Sports." -- "That peaked my interest." -- "My older brother took me to the gym, where I developed an inter- est in Boxing." -- "I was in High School, with a couple of guys who won the Golden Glove tournament. One a pro- fessional." -- "I looked up to them•" -- "I went to the gym, and started Boxing•" Me myself, Reinaldo, saw punks picking on good harm- less people. These punks somehow picked on me too. Having a scarred up face from being hit by a car at eight years old prompted oth- ers to think I was a chump. I tried to get along with others. I thought I was a nice guy. I guess others got the wrong impression of me. I stood out of the limelight, because of facial scars• They picked on me anyway. They'd soon find out to not judge a person by how they look. I like being friendly with others and getting along with everyone. Some see that as a sign of weakness and think: "I'm a victim." I am not a victim. "I am not weak." I'm a strong and capable per- son. Capable of being and doing anything I want to. Most fighters are that way. That is why fighters have the courage to go into a Ring. "Ding!" Oh well• Back to dancing. I thought I had some pretty good dance moves on the floor. I recently went and danced at a night- club on the North Shore, a few months ago. I think I've still got some pretty good dance moves left. I was the only one doing the "Twist." I guess the Twist hasn't made it up here yet. Oh well. Back to the question. A reason I became a fighter was? To learn to "defend" myself. I developed my own style called "X-treme Boxing!" I'm looking forward to intro- ducing it to the Ultimate fights. What are you guys up to? Some of the best of the Fight Family: Thomas Lee, Jimmy Farrell Jr., Michael Par~te, Joann Livermento, Paul Doyle, Scott Ploof, Rick Kielczweski Sr., Joey DeGrandis, Vinny Paz, Chris Traietti, Sean Eklund, Richie LaMontagne, Nicolas Cyr Jr., and Bob Trieger up too? You are what fighting is all about. Rick Glaser asks a very interesting question, on thoughts of the Cotto- Mayorga fight? Hmm. That's going to be a very interest- ing battle. Upcoming Battles March 12th on HBO from Foxwoods: Sergio Martinez fights Sergei Dzinziruk. Ryan Kielezweski battles Rob Diezel, with Andy Lee vs. Craig McEwan. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss PORTENT OF THINGS TO COME? -- When the Bruins concluded the recent six- game road trip with a perfect 6-0-0 record, it marked the first time the B's had posted such a mark on a six-game trip since ,1972 -- the last year the B's won the Stanley Cup. So we wonder ff this was a positive omen of good things to come later this spring. FIGHTING FOR GOALS -- Of the 23 NHL players who have scored 25 or more goals this season, B's left winger Milan Lucic is the only one with five or more fighting majors. OVERTIME -- Through March 7, the Bruins had played 18 overtime games, including four in a row and seven in their last nine games as of that date. They had a 5-5 record in games that ended in the five-minute skating overtime and were 5-3 in shootouts. Those eight overtime losses loom large down the stretch. If just a few more had been converted into wins, the B's might have been leading the Eastern Confer- ence in early March. TRiPLE OVERTIME -- That was what provided the excite- ment as the New Jersey Nets downed the Toronto Raptors 137-136 in triple overtime across the pond in London on March 6. The thriller enabled the Nets to sweep the two- game series, the first NBA regular season games to be played in Europe. The lowly Nets have been starting to win some games of late and were eight games out of the eighth and final Eastern Con- ference playoff slot as of March 7. The odds are against them making it but you never know. INTERESTING STATS -- Entering the game with Montreal on March 8, the Bruins had earned points in 41 of the 45 games in which they led at some juncture in the contest. They had a 37-4- 4 mark in those games• In games where the B's led af- ter two periods they had an excellent 25-0- 1 mark, meaning that when they've led going into the third, they've been a virtual lock to win the contest. But when they trailed after the second period, their record in those games fell to a lowly 5-13-4. The Bruins have played nine opponents so far this season who have played a game the night before• Catch- ing a team on the second half of a back-to-back has worked out well for the B's. They were 6-1-2 in those games through~ March 8. MILESTONES -- In the game against Pittsburgh at the Garden on March 6, vet- eran winger Mark Recchi played in his 1,636 NHL game, moving him into sixth place on the league's list of all-time games played. In addition, coach Claude Julien was be- hind the B's bench for the 311th time, moving him into sixth place on the team's all- time games coached list. CAUGHT NAPPING -- There was a very interesting piece in the March 7 edition of the New York Times that fo- cused on NBA players who take afternoon naps on the day of a night game. Of 24 play- ers interviewed all indicated that they took naps. "In the NBA LeBron James swears by his siesta. Derrick Rose sleeps three hours be- fore every night game. Kobe Bryant checks into a hotel before home games for his pregame nap," noted the ar- ticle. No members of the Celtics were mentioned in the piece• It was stated that Dr. Charles Czeisler, the director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the sleep medicine division at Brigham and Women's Hospital, has been brought in for consultations with the Celtics as well as several other NBA teams. He indicated that players who got nine hours of sleep were more likely to play bet- ter, remember plays better and have better health main- tenance. REGULAR SEASON CHAM- PIONS -- Boston College closed out the Hockey East regular season with a pair of victories over New Hamp- shire, giving the Eagles the regular season conference championship. BC finished with 41 points, three ahead of UNH. BU was third with 36 while Merrimack was fourth with 35. What really matters more, is the Hockey East Tourna- ment, which will be under way by the time you read this. The semifinals and finals are set for March 18 and 19 at the Garden. The winner receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. While the top teams may not need it since most will qualify based on their records, a number of teams play know- ing that winning the tourna- ment is their only chance of moving on. Thus, all games are interesting. The Hockey East regular season included 135 games and lasted 148 days, with the first league games coming on October 8 and the last ones being played on March 5. Some of the best hockey is played in Hockey East with four men's national champi- ons coming from the league since 2001. This has the potential to be another good year for the conference. The post season that is now under way will stretch about a month, until a national champion is determined at St. Paul, Minnesota on April 9. By the way, it's been quite a while since the Frozen Four has been in our region (2004 at the Garden). And we're going to have to wait a while longer• The 2012 event is headed to Tampa, Florida while in 2013 it goes to Pitts- burgh followed by Philadel- phia in 2014. That leaves 2015 as the earliest. Our re- gion is a hotbed of hockey and deserves to have the national championship event more often. Let's hope it comes back as soon as possible.