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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 18, 2011 CO R NER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. CES Celebrates with You, and Wishes That You All Had a "Happy St. Patrick's Day!" and They'll See You, at the Fights. Coming to You on April 1 st from Foxwoods "Coming Attractions!" Fight Family Prayers and Condolences to Internationally Traveled Referee, Fight Aficionado Dick Flaherty, on the Passing of His Beloved Mother Rita Flaherty. "REST IN PEACE." Left to right: Five-time world Champion Vinny Paz, CES Promoter Jimmy Burchfield and Dominic "IL Leon" Irish DeSanto. Bobby Shaughnessy. R.I.P. Did you see the Matthew Hatton vs. Saul Alvarez of Mexico title fight? Saul Alvarez impresses me very much. One of the com- mentators referred to Alvarez as a George Foreman type fighter. I agree with that com- parison very much so. He's got power and throws impressive power combinations. He is not the big George Foreman. He's a smaller version of Big George Foreman. You've also got to give Matthew Hatton a lot of credit. He took some big shots from Alvarez, who is only 20 years old. This was a WBC Super welterweight title fight. Saul Alvarez won on all three scorecards by lop- sided scores of 119/108. Saul Alvarez did have to work for this win over resilient Matthew Hatton, in winning this match decisively. At Andino's in Providence, the best are here with Jimmy Burchfield of CES. Here together with five-time World Champion Vinny Paz, IBO World Middleweight Cham- pion Peter Manfredo Jr., David Schachter, Shawna Sampson, Anthony Marsella Sr., Anthony Marsella Jr., a five-time New England Champion, Dominic "IL Leon" DeSanto. "IL Leon" is a fight star on the rise. He's won five fights. All by knockout, in his early career. Also here are his father and trainer Dave DeSanto, Michael Parente of CES, Bob D'uva President and publisher of the Federal Hill Gazette, Paul Griffin, Steve Cimorelli, along with many other greats from our Fight Family world. I spoke with Dominic DeSanto, who appears very focused and determined. We all gathered and paid homage at this gather- ing of fight stars. This excellent time by CES previews what is to come for you in Boston from CES. Boston has long been one of the premier fight capitals in the world. Many of the greatest in fight history have been from right here in Boston. Greats such as: Jake Kilrain, John L. Sullivan, Tony DeMarco, Paul Pender, Joe DeNucci, Micky Ward, Tony Shucco, Sal Bartolo, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Collins, Larry Boardman, Bobby Covino, Johnny Coiley, Frank Calabro, Tony Petronelli, Joey Cam, Johnny Cesario, Mark DeLuca, Charlie Cox, Tinker Picot, Dominic DiMarzo, AI "Red" Priest, Ronnie Drink- water, Ben Doherty, Dickie Eklund, Jerry Forte, Billy Hun- ter, Bob Hayden, Bernie Doherty, Norman Hayes, Gabe LaMarca, Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, Eddie McAloney, Georgie Martin, Ray McPeck, Earnie Manelli, Joe Nolan, John O'Brien, Charlie Parker, Bobby Quinn, Joe Roach, Dana Rosenblatt, Paul Stivaletta, Peter Santoro, Ben Sanchez, Irish Bobby Shaughnessy, Rich Torsney, Matt Troiani, Iggy Vaccari, Ricky Wynn, Herbie Weissblum, Billy Wallace, Willie Williams, Ralph Zannelli, Jerry Zullo and all the other great members from our Fight Family brotherhood, CES on April 1 st presents to you from Foxwoods. Theater for ".Coming Attrac- tions." The 19-1-1, I0 KO Hammerin Hank Lundy does battle with the 20-3, 12 KO Patrick Lopez of New Hampshire for the NABF lightweight title. Vladine Biosse 10-0, 5 KO's fights Tim Connors 10-2, 7 KO's. CES will also feature their newest acquisi- tions in Elvin Ayala 21-5-I, 9 KO's and all Kayo win welterweight Dominic DeSanto. Always a great read, The Irish Emigrant reads "Irish Joey McCreedy predicts early knockout." I'm speaking with Bob D'uva, president and publisher of the Federal Hill Gazette. It's great hearing from Fight Family member Scott Ploof, in regards to the Worcester Shindig for the Jose Antonio Rivera vs. Abel Perry Shindig get together. Our fight family condolences go out to world-renowned boxing aficionado Referee Dick Flaherty. Referee Dick Flaherty has been involved in all aspects of boxing. He is one of the best referees in the world. Our fight family prayers are with you and your family on the passing of Rita Flaherty, your beloved mother. God Bless you all. Compliments to Ring 4 President Mickey Finn on his continued great work. UPCOMING FIGHTS March 19 th, Mexico, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. David Medina. 26 th, New Jersey, Matt RemiUard dukes it out with Miguel Angel Garcia. April I st, ESPN2, from Foxwoods in Connecticut, Henry "Hank" Lundy battles Patrick Lopez. Vladine Biosse takes on Yasin Rashid. 9 th, New Jersey, Kevin McBride tangles with Tomasz Adamek. May 7 th, Denmark, Evander Holyfield and Brian Nielsen "FightI" Ring 4 Banquet Awards Special Honor to WORLD CHAMPION TONY DeMARCO A special honor will be given to World Champion Tony DeMeJrco, at the Ring 4 Banquet on Sunday April I0, 2011, at Florian Hall in Dorchester, MA. A Social Hour will com- mence at 2:00 PM, with a Tribute to America at 3:00 PM, followed by a Buffet Dinner and the Awards Ceremony. Post-Gazette Photo Journalist, Reinaldo Oliveira, will be installed as a Lifetime Honorary Member. The Guest of Honor is former Lightweight Champion of the World Carlos Ortiz. Tickets are available at $60.00. Please order in advance. Contact Mickey Finn at 61-7-838-0055 for further information. Regardless of the results of the Hockey East Tourna- ment, one thing is certain -- defending national champion Boston College is going to the Big Dance once again. Be, which advanced to the Hockey East Tournament for the seventh straight season, will take the first steps to- ward seeking its second con- secutive national title and its third championship in the last four years when the NCAA regionals are played the weekend of March 25-27. "We have had a good body of work, if you look back on it," said veteran BC coach Jerry York on the eve of the Hockey East Championship. "We are extremely proud of that. I think we were 4-3 at one time (early in the sea- son) or 5-3 but you could tell we had a lot of good people and good character in the locker room." Be, which earned the top seed in the Hockey East event, was the Number I ranked team in the country {just behind North Dakota), with an excellent 28-7-1 overall record and a 20-6-1 regular season conference record, making the Eagles the first team to capture 20 Hockey East wins in confer- ence play. Not surprisingly York, who is in his 39 th sea- son as a college coach (his 17th at Be) feels that record is a reflection of his team having improved over the course of the season. "I think we have gotten better as we have gone through the season," noted the coach, who owns an enviable 28-8 record in the NCAA Tournament while behind the bench at Be. "The NCAA did a survey on the age of teams and we are the youngest team in college hockey as far as chronologi- cal age. Ourselves, BU and Michigan are the three youngest teams." York sees somewhat of an irony in that since because he has a veteran core -- the team's senior class captured its 99th and 100 th victories in the Eagles' two victories over UMass-Amherst in the Hockey East quarterfinal round -- complemented by a newer set of faces. "Everyone talks about how we are veterans," he noted. "And we really are because we have played in a lot of big games. But we are so young and there was a chance to grow as a team this year because of our age. I think we have responded to that and have gotten better." York cited senior goal-ten- der.John Muse of Falmouth, who came into the Hockey East semifinals tied for the school record in career saves with 3,605 -- as a veteran who has led by example. "john Muse has really been the catalyst for our team, said York of the netminder who came in as a freshman after Cory Schneider turned pro and proceeded to backstop the Eagles to the 2008 National Championship. He owns a perfect 8-0 career record in NCAA Tournament play. This year Muse started 29 regular season games and ranked fifth nationally in save percentage (.927) and six nationally in goals against average (2.08). He had 30 or more saves in nine games. "I think he has had an outstanding career but this year -- his fourth year with us -- has been his best year by far." In addition, York praised the squad's two other seniors -- Brian Gibbons and captain Joe Whitney. Both have reached the 100 career assists threshold, making them two of just 15 players in school history to accom- plish the feat. In addition, Gibbons has scored four shorthanded goals (Be has 13 on the season) and has assisted on five others, meaning he has been in- volved in nine of those 13 scores. They lead a team that lost only one home game all season and made The Heights a popular place, with average home attendance swelling to 6,783 per game, the highest average in Kelley Rink's 23-year history. York also said his team has the capability to contend in any type of hockey game, either one dominated by an offensive display or a defen- sive lockdown. "I think we are capable of playing in either one. We can play solid defense and have proven that over the year. But if it becomes a game where you need six goals to win I think we have enough firepower to do that. Once that puck drops you can talk all you want about how things are going to material- ize but things happen in hockey more so than in other sports as far as how the game is going to go. We are pre- pared for both types of games, though we would like to play better defensively." The contributions of spe- cial teams have also made an impact this season. BC con- cluded the regular season ranked third in the nation in penalty kill rate at 87.6 per- cent. On the other side of the coin, the Eagles led Hockey East and ranked sixth nationally in power play success, scoring 38 goals on 162 power play opportunities -- a 23.5 percent rate. In addition, the team finished the regular season ranked third in the nation in goals per game with a 3.85 aver- age while ranking tied for fourth nationally in average fewest goals allowed (2.24 per game). So, once again, the Eagles are a complete team, an elite squad about to face other elite teams in a quest for the 2011 national championship that will be decided on April 9 in St. Paul, Minnesota. BC has all the tools to accom- plish the task once again, a team well balanced and ready to go. By the time the Mas- ters Golf Tournament starts, we'll know if the ultimate goal has been attained.