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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 12, 2010 Tonight March 12 th. Come on down and "Brace for Im- pact!" at Twin Rivers. That's where Heavyweight "Like a Lumber Jack" Tony Grano, dukes it out with Mark "Oak Tree" Brown in Connecticut. "Timber!" In attendance will be one of the great trainers in boxing history, Angelo Dundee. Trainer of many great World Champions: Muhammad All, Carmen Basilio, Sugar Ray Leonard, amongst many other gifted fighters. Also fighting is un- defeated Massachusetts pros- pect, Manuel Antonio Lopes, Check him out. "He's got talent!" I'm here in the North End, with one of the great Welter- weights in boxing history Tony DeMarco, "The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street." Now "Tony DeMarco Way," in Boston. One of the greatest cities in the world. Boston, has played a major role in sig- nificant historical matters. "A city of sight" A city that has made its mark in World His- tory. Tony DeMarco speaks well of fighters: Tony Campo, Frankie Ross, Joe Beans, Freddie Farr, Ronnie Ma- son, Tony Nogueira, A1 Sforza and Jackie Lupo re- spectfully. These unified brothers in boxing shared a mutual philosophy. All indi- vidually One. Great Ameri- cans, noble, gallant and sound. These "Clark Street Boys" were inseparable. War- rior Tony DeMarco is now on Facebook. Fans and friends can go on facebook/TKO Tony DeMareo, and enjoy his fantastic journey. From a lucky, ex-fighter. I like to learn. "Ding:' I watched a great show called Life (Part 2), with Robert Lipsyte: On this show Dr. Musali Doraiswamy, M.D., Chief of Biological Psychiatry and Senior Fellow at the Cen- ter for Aging, Duke Univer- sity Medical Center; Gary Small, M,D., Professor of Psy- chiatry at UCLA where he di- rects the Memory and Aging Center and Denise Park with Clinical Brain Science at the University of Texas Center of Brain Health. This was a great show. Billy Jean King also spoke. She said, she to- tally respected Bobby Riggs. Nelson DeMille, author of "The Gate House." A Vietnam Veteran Bronze Star recipi- ent and a member of Mensa. He closed, with two great statements. One was "I'll see you next time." "Older and Better]" Now I give to you a The Ole Mongoose Archie Moore, owner of record for most knockouts. by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. little trivia. The oldest fighter to win a World title was George Foreman, 45, in 1994. Prior to that it was Jer- sey Joe Walcott, 37, or was it Archie Moore who said he was 36, but it is believed he was 39? Archie Moore also has the most recorded knock- outs (141), from 1936 to 1963. In second, as a World Cham- pion is Sugar Ray Robinson with 109 KO's, and Sandy Sad- dler, born in Boston on June 25, 1926, with 103 knockouts. I commend society for delv- ing into the issue of "Bully- ing!" Bullies are a detriment to our society. I have ob- served many in my profes- sions in "Law Enforcement." As a police officer, corrections officer, doorman, floorwalker, keeper of the peace and in security. In my experience, in keeping the "Peace:" I have observed bullies impose their unwanted desires on innocent victims. They then appear to be an innocent vic- tim upon the arrival of au- thority. They start trouble, and when stood up to, regress to position of Victim. Many remember Eddie Haskel, of "Leave it to Beaver." Okay, I'm that old. Losers in confron- tations are not always vic- tims. I would like to see law professionals realize this and deal with the issue of bully- ing in a more productive manor. I agree that bullying is a much needed issue to address. It is disgusting, see- ing anyone pick on an inno- cent victim. I have disdain for bullies. Just because an in- dividual wins, does not mean that they're the perpetrator. "Too many times, people take niceness for weakn- ess." As Julius Caesar said, when he crossed the river Rubicon, "jacta alea est." Which means "The die is cast." I'm reading a good maga- zine, titled Fight. It's on mixed martial arts. A brother sport. I find mixed martial arts to be entertaining. In this magazine is an interest- ing article. "A Fighters Mind:" by Sam Sheridan. It's a pretty good article. Boxing, is still the best. Vinny Marino is recovering well. He's keeping up his good health. I'm going to send Vinny a card at P.O. Box 135, Roslindale, MA 02131. Keep up the great work in taking care of your health. Our prayers are with you. Also say our prayers for Ed Connolly and Barbara Samo. God Bless you all. "Extra, extra!" "Read all about it!" Is Manny Pacquiao done with boxing after his bout with Joshua Clottey? Manny Pacquiao fights Joshua Clottey on March 13% What will happen if he wins the elections a couple of months later? Will this con- clude his professional boxing career? Stay tuned. Remembering, architects of boxing now in that Golden Ring in Heaven Refereed by God. RIP: Charlie Luongo, Donnie Nelson, Jackson Brown, Ray McPeck, Bernie McNally, Allen Pires, Art Romahlo, Ricky Ferreira, A1 Tough Joey McCreedy appearing ready for battle. Sacramone, Sammy Fuller, Bill Geary and Ralph Zannelli. We'll never forget, our broth- ers in boxing. "RIP!" Happy Birthdays: March 17 th Michael Parente, 19 th Manny Antonio Lopes and Pat Long, 25 th Emily Harney, 29  John Vena. Upcoming Battles: March 13 th on PPV, Manny Pacquiao fights Joshua Clottey in a WBO World Welterweight title fight. On this card Boston fa- vorite John Duddy battles Jose Luis Castillo. Also the 19 th ESPN in Oklahoma, Deandre Latimore fights Sechew Powell in a IBF Junior middleweight elimi- nator fight, and Massachu- setts favorite Edwin Rodri- quez dukes it out with George Armenta. And on this same day, the 19 Ch from Twin Rivers, Lincoln, Rhode Island Danny O'Connor battles Franklin Gonzalez Jr. Welter- weights. Irish Joey McCreedy battles TBA and Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt battles TBA. Then again Sean Eklund, and Eddie Soto, clash in a rematch of their first excit- ing battle. On the 26 th TBA, Steve Cunningham, fights for the IBF Cruiserweight Cham- pionship, with Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey. In April, on the 8% The Exchange Club of Lawrence proudly presents the 20 th Annual Charity Fight Night. Live amateur boxing, at it's best. Featuring Guest of Honor, World Title Con- tender and present Massa- chusetts State Auditor Joe DeNucei. Wyndham-Andover. A Mel Peabody Fight Promo- tions. Thank you, Christine Lewis. Jack Sharkey sparring with Lawrence fighter Andy Callahan, preparing for Max Schmelling bout, June 12, 1930. (Photo from Lawrence Boxing History) provided by Christine Lewis. HOCKEY EAST TOURNA- MENT TIME -- By the time you read this it will be almost time for one of the favorite events on the Garden sched- ule -- he Hockey East tour- nament semifinal and finals -- set for March 19-20 on Causeway Street. Another trophy season event, the tournament carries much significance because not only is there more than a championship, a title and a trophy at stake. That's be- cause the winner receives a guaranteed berth in the up- coming NCAA Playoffs. ANOTHER CLOSE CALL -- An additional reminder that the Boston Celtics of 2009- 2010 are not the champion- ship team they were two seasons ago came against the Washington Wizards at the Garden on March 7. The lowly Wizards came in at 21-38, a record that gave them the distinction of occu- pying the cellar in the South- east Division. On the other hand, some of Boston's stats are very good. Entering the second week of March, the C's had won 22 games on the road one of only three team (Cleveland and Dallas being the others) who have won more than 20 road contests this season. The Celtics were also lead- ing the league in fewest points allowed per game, hold- ing opponents to a league low of 94.0 tallies per contest They were also sixth in de- fensive field goal percentage (44.4) and third in three-point field goal defense (33.5) They had held 40 opponents to under 100 points, tied for fifth best in the league. JERRY'S BACK -- That would be Jerry Stackhouse, the veteran guard/forward who entered his 15  NBA sea- son when he signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks back on January 18. Lest you think this was just for emergency bench purposes, nothing could be further from the truth. Stackhouse regularly has been averaging over 20 min- utes a game and scoring in double figures. He continues to make those free throws from the line, too -- having just passed NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer for 39 th place on the all-time list. By the time you read this, he'll have made just shy of 4,600 shots from the charity stripe. Bos- ton fans will get a chance to see Stackhouse when Mil- waukee visits the Garden on April 14 for the last game of the regular season. It doesn't seem that long ago that Stackhouse was playing college ball at North Carolina. When he entered the NBA he promptly was named Rookie of the Year for the 1995-1996 season. He followed that up by being named to the All-Star team in both 2000 and 2001. He's also in the top 100 players all-time in three pointers made. That has contributed in a major way to his impres- sive scoring total of more than 15,000 career points -- and climbing. RETURNING TO THE SITE OF VICTORY -- When the Wizards came to Boston to take on the Celtics in early March, it marked the first time this season that Sam Cassell had been in the Gar- den. Cassell, now an assis- tant coach with the Wizards, played on the Celtics NBA Championship team two years ago. He saw action in 17 games, averaging 7.6 points, 2. I assists and 1.8 re- bounds per game. In addition, Cassell and C's star Kevin Garnett were teammates on the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2003 to 2005. THE IDEAL STARTING FIVE -- When the Celtics have been able to begin a game with the ideal starting five of Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, they have posted a record of 115-35 (through March 10) since the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. That includes a record of 59-15 at home and 56-20 on the road. With injuries to various players, the ideal starting five has not taken the court as many times this year as in the past but when they do, they remain a potent force for opponents to face. If they are all healthy come the end of the regular season, the Celtics could go very deep in the playoffs. HE IS ACCURATE -- That's what Kendrick Perkins is from the field. As of early March, Perkins was shooting 61.5 percent from the field -- on target enough to lead all NBA players in that category. He's also in line to rewrite Celtics history. Cedric Max- well is the all-time franchise leader for the Green in that category, having shot 60.9 percent from the floor over the course of the 1979-1980 season. So, if Perkins con- tinues at his pace, he'll by- pass Max for the franchise record. ON WISCONSIN -- With the acquisition of Michael Finley on March 6, the Celtics now have two players on their active roster thast played their college hoops at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to Finley, the other is 'Marcus Landry, who came to the C's in the trade with the Knicks in the trade for Nate Robinson. It may be hard to believe but basketball is now more popular at Wisconsin than hockey -- even though both the men's and women's hockey teams have won rather recent national cham- pionships. Men's basketball games routinely sell out at the Kohl Center -- whereas tickets remain available for most hockey games. Next week is the last full week of winter but it also heralds the best of times for winter sports -- the com- ing of the college basketball and hockey playoffs -- March Madness to be followed by the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs.