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Page 16 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 29, 2013 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo 01iveira, Jr. FIGHT CITY LOWELL PRESENTS CFC FIGHT NIGHT Congratulations, Erin Go Bragh, Hope You Had a Happy St. Patrick's Day, "Irish Joey McCreedy!" and All Other Battlers JIM LAHPLEY COMPARES WORLD CHAMPION GREATS "Bernard Hopkins & Archie Moore." ! say? "Moore Had Moord" "Pug's Luncheon!" Farewell and Rest in Peace. AI Duarte, a/k/a Albert P.P. Cosine, Sr. Happy St. Patrick's Day, 14-6-2, 6 KO's Irish Joey McCreedy wins an 8-round decision over Michael Walchuk 9-9, 2 KO's, for the vacant UBF Northeast Light- heavyweight title. Erin go Bragh and "keep punching" Irish Joey McCreedy. In other bouts: Osnmanu Adama 21-3, 15 KO's wins a 10-round split decision over 30-15, 16 KO's Grady Brewer. Former World Champion Vicious Vivian Harris 30-9-2, 19 KO's, wins by decision over Shakka Moore 11-19-3, 2 Kayo's. Chris Traietti 11-3, 7 Kayos, wins by kayo over Tyler Seever 13-13-I, Ii Kayos. Russell Lamour 3-0, 1 KO defeats Eddie Caminero 7-8, 7 KO's by a 6-round deci- sion. Chicago Heavyweight Bobma Simic 2-0, 2 KO's stops Tyler King in 2. Josh Crespo i-I-I, 1 Kayo stops Mike Martin in two. This was a very good fight card pre- sented to entertain fight fans. Experienced good fighters versus other good fighters with good fight records. Legitimate oppo- nents. Upcoming future champions. The only fighters with less than five fights, are potential future stars. Many compliments to Chicago Fight Clubs Promotions, they seem to be good quality promoters. Jim Lampley compares The Executioner Bernard Hopkins to Old Mongoose Archie Moore 1935-1963. At 48 years of age Bernard Hopkins defeated Tavoris Cloud to win the IBF Light- heavyweight title making Bernard Hopkins the oldest to win a major World Title. Bernard Hopkins broke his own record of 46 years of age set May 2011, which had broke the previous record of 45 years of age set by George Foreman in November of 1994. George Foreman broke the record set by Archie Moore of 44 years of age on June of 1961 for the World Light-Heavyweight title. Old Mongoose Archie Moore re- tired with a 229 bout record, 53 decision wins, "141" kayo wins, 8 draws, 17 losses by decision, 2 losses by foul, 7 losses by kayos and 1 NC. Amongst Archie Moore oppo- nents were seasoned Fight- ers and World Champion greats: Charley Burley, Jimmy Bivins, Holman Williams, Tiger Ted Lowry, Ezzard Charles, Bob Satter- field, Harold Johnson, Jimmy Slade, Bob Dunlap, Joey Maxim, Nino Valdes, Bobo Olson, Rocky Marci- ano, Floyd Patterson, Eddie Cotton, Willi Besmanoff, Yvon Durelle, Giulio Rin- aldi, Pete Rademacher, Willie Pastrano and Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali). Archie Moore battled many of these great opponents on many occasions: Jimmy Bivins 5, Harold Johnson 4, Joey Maxim 3, etc., etc., etc. Both are indeed seasoned great fighters with great records. As they say in Box- ing. "Don't look at a fighters record, look at who they fought." Bernard Hopkins has an impressive record -- 21 decision wins, 32 kayo wins, 6 decision loses and 2 draws. Amongst Bernard Hopkins opponents: Tavoris Cloud, Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Roy Jones, Jr., Kelly Pavlik, Joe Calzaghe, Ronald Wright, Antonio Tarver, Jermain Taylor, NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Wishes You a Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad. End result? Archie Moore has 32 Moore deci- sion wins. 176 Moore bouts and 109 Moore kayo wins. "Moore has Moore!" Archie Moore has a greater and Moore impressive record in a greater era of fighters. In no way does this diminish the accomplishments and achievements of Bernard Hopkins. Both World Cham- pion records are great and highly-respected. Records speak for themselves. Moore achieved and accomplished "Moore!" At Florian Hall in Dorchester, "Ding!" "Ding!" We're here with Pug Ring Leader Tom Martini and Pug's: Rd Quigley, Don Green, Art Boyson, Dan Cuoco, Jimmy Connors, Joe Marques, Paul Barry, Charles P. Dwyer, Ted Sares, Edd Bernard, Bob Benoit, Kenny Butler, Jr., Tony DeMarco and Dorothy DeMareo, Doug Keefe, Anthony Petronelli, Jimbo Curran, Mary L. Nelson, Bobby Franklin, Paul Doyle, Jack Kelly, AI Meuse, Mickey Finn, Shirley Adams, Tommy Dargin, Joe and Karen O'Leary, Pop Lynch, Rick Rudolph, Leo Gerstel, Joey DeGrandis and I'm here too. Another great time with the Pug's. R.I.P. A1 Duarte, a/k/a Albert P.P. "Duarte" Cosme Sr. A1 Duarte fought many great fighters from a great era: Dick French, Doyle Baird, Matt Donovan, Johnny Bizzaro, Manuel Burgo, George Maddox, Willie Pep, Billy Wallace, Eddie Con- nors, Tony Veranis, Bobby Murphy, Rocky Sullivan, Mickey Dwyer, Carlos Ortiz, Walter Byars, Orlando Zulueta, Tommy Tlbbs, Nero Ferry, Harold Chubby Gomes. As they say? Don't look at a fighter's record, look at who they fought. AI Duarte is known by all as a tough fighter who came to fight. Fear was not a word in his "vocabulary." Many looking at the list of fighters he fought recognize that there Happy Easter are great fighters listed. Some great World Champi- ons: Willie Pep, Carlos Ortiz and Harold Gomes. R.I.P. Our prayers are with you. Al Duarte had 99 profes- sional fights versus great opposition. DOM CAMPOCHIARO President Serving the Community for Over 50 Years/ UPCOMING FIGHTS March 30 th on HBO from Las Vegas; Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado duke it out for the WBO Interim Jr. Welter- weight title. April 13 th on HBO from New York. Ninito Donaire and Guillermo Rigonadeaux battle it out for the WBO/ WBA Bantamweight title. For the 1,4844 time he put his hand on the latch, opened the door and stepped out onto the ice. It was a common man- euver for the living legend, one that all college hockey coaches make as the game concludes. But what made this uncommon was the hand of the one who unfas- tened the mechanism. And then there he was, out on that slippery surface, one that the average person might be wary of but as fa- miliar to the coach as walk- ing up the driveway. Wasn't this the surface upon which he had excelled -- first at Catholic Memorial, then as a player at Boston University and finally behind the bench as the mentor of his beloved Terriers? Yes, it was. And coach Jack Parker, the person who in his own words had "been reporting for duty for BU hockey" for nearly half a cen- tury, was in the one place where he was as steady as a rock -- on the surface of a hockey rink. He was moving now, his hand outstretched, ready to offer congratulations to UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin for the River Hawks I-0 victory in this Hockey East Championship game at the Garden. Maybe ff things had gone a little more this way or that way Parker and BU would have advanced to the NCAA Regionals once again. But they didn't and the coach knew the reason why. It wasn't that they came up a bit short in the Hockey East Championship game, where a victory would have provided the Terriers with a guaran- teed NCAA -berth. It was actually during the season when BU lost five con- tests in an eight-game span in January and February, centered around a fourth place finish in the Beanpot, only the fifth time that has happened in the history of BU hockey. The team recovered and was nationally ranked at no. 17 as the Hockey East semifinals began. In the tournament semifinals, the Terriers dispatched no. 4 Boston College 6-3 to advance to the title game against fifth ranked Lowell. The loss to Lowell eliminated the Terri- ers from consideration -- only 16 teams make the tour- nament field. Perhaps what made coach Parker so singularly Boston- ian was that he was indeed one of us. He didn't come from far away. Born in Somerville, later living in Melrose and then near BU itself, Parker was always here, never leaving, always on the scene. Through all those 40 years so many had come and gone -- coaches at the Bruins, Celtics and Patriots plus numerous Red Sox manag- ers. Those teams would have their ups and downs, faces would change but one thing would remain the same. Every October that man on Commonwealth Avenue would re-emerge from a summer's silence ready to lead his storied program once again. Not even his arch rival, Jerry York at Boston College, has quite the hold that Parker has on this town. The coach- ing profession would initially take York quite a distance from his alma mater, first to Clarkson in upstate New York and later to Bowl- ing Green University near Toledo, Ohio. Only after those stints would he return to The Height where he would lead the Eagles to greatness -- winning four National Championships. As memorable as those were, Coach Parker could even top them. With his team down by not one but two goals entering the final minute of play in the 2009 National Championship game against Miami of Ohio in Washing- ton, D.C. his Terriers would electrify our nation's capital by scoring two tallies in the final 60 seconds to tie the game before going on to claim the victory in overtime. It was 9:27 pm on the Garden clock on Saturday, (Continued on Page 15) Buona P00qua food offcrir, car offering, and Lop heifliqueur 292 Hanover Skeet * Boston, Massachusetts 617-227-0295 GEM GRAVURE COMPANY, INC. 112 School Slzeet, P.O. Box 1158, West Hanover, MA 02339