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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 30, 2012 m CORNER TALK Tom McNeeley Honoree at the Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet April 22 nd at the Florian Hall. April 14 th Ring 4 meeting, Lindsey's in Wareham with Ring 4 President Mickey Finn. April 22 nd Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet at Florian Hall in Dorchester. Honor- ing Tom McNeeley. Board Chairman John Ford with following awards to be pre- sented: Brother in Boxing Award; Joe Feeney, Human- itarian Award; Ted Sares, Goody Petronelli Memo- rial; Mary Jo Brown Memo- rial and Hall of Fame Induct- ees: Charlie Dwyer, Joey DeGrandis, Jim Harrison and Chester Finn. "Erin Go Bragh!" to the Fight Family World. The Fight Family is made up of the greatest. I hope you all had a Happy St. Patrick's Day! World Middleweight Champion Paul Pender trained me for several years of my career. To be trained by this great fighter, leaves me speechless. His family: Rose Pender, Paul Jr., and Paul Pender's brother Billy Pender. We send our Prayers too. Paul Pender is the only Fighter to defeat World Box- ing Champion Sugar Ray Robinson back to back. A good friend of Champion Paul Pender, is New England Champion Richard Torsney. Happy belated St. Patrick's Day Dr. Joseph Downes. Hope you had a Happy St. Patrick's Day. "Erin Go Bragh" to Fight Family members; Sean Creegan gloved up. by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Ring 4 Meeting April 1@ at Lindsey's in Wareham. April 22 "d Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet in Dorchester. Hope You Had a Happy "St. Patrick's' Dayr' "1 Am Bruce Lee." The Master of "Mixed Martial Arts!" His Style "KA-JU-KEN-BOV Karate, Judo, Kenpo and Boxing! Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriquez Defeats Donovan George and Sergio Martinez Defeats Matthew Macklin. Both Win. Kenny Butler Jr., Paul Barry, Jackie Brady, Jimmy Connors, Tommy Collins, Ed Connolly, Sean Creegan, Ed Casey, Jimbo Curran, John Curran, Joe Devlin, Matt Doherty, Paul Doyle, Kevin Dorian, Tom Dargin, Charlie Dwyer, Mickey Finn, Mickey Flynn, Joe Feeney, Jimmy Farrell, Ed Fitzgerald, Dick Flaherty, Dan Fitzgerald, Martin Grealish, Don Green, Jack Hurley, Bob Hayden, Johnny Hasson, Emily Harney, Jerry Huston, Mike Joyce, Beau Jaynes, Austin Killeen, Lawrence Kelly, Bridget Kelly, Pop Lynch, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Danny Long, Pat Long, Ryan Long, Tommy Lee, Eddie McAloney, Mike Mugsy Mullen, Jim McNally, Ann T. Murphy, Peter McNeeley, Rick Marinick, Kevin McBride, Rocket McCarthy, Joey McCreedy, Sean Mannion, Jim McDonald, Danny O'Connor, John O'Brien, Maureen O'Brien, Dan O'Malley, Mike O'Han, Billy Pender, Mike Ryan, Freddie Roach, Barbara Roach, John "The Boxer" Sculley, Irish Micky Ward, Sara Walsh, Peter Welch, South Boston, the South Boston Tribune, Freddie Roach and Barbara Roach. and all those with a little Irish in them and to all of America. "Happy belated St. Patrick's Day:" and "Erin Go Bragh!" to all. I watched I AM BRUCE LEE. This was an interest- ing show. I really enjoyed it. They referred his Mixed Martial Arts style to as Kajukenbo. That's "Karate- Judo-Kenpo and Boxing" combined as one style. I've heard M.M.A. styles that rely more on boxing referred to as Dirty Boxing. This show featured Bruce Lee, a great fighter. As they said in this show Bruce Lee was never stuck or married to one thing. Dana White spoke on this show, and did a fine job. Boxer Joe Louis was men- tioned on this show too. I was always in admiration of Bruce Lee. I first viewed him as Kato, on the Green Hornet. He's got Great skill and technique. St. Patrick's Day March 17 , in New York. Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriquez 21-0-0, 14 KO's of Worcester, de- feated Don George. Then Sergio Martinez 48-2-2, 27 Billy Pender. KO's defeated Matthew Macklin 28-3, 19 KO's. In the bout fought by Edwin Rodriquez, he defeated Don George. A well fought bout by "La Bomba" Rodriquez, I see him as a well schooled sea- soned fighter. He appears very savvy. Opponent Mat- thew Macklin is a very good fighter too. Matthew Macklin came to win. Edwin Rodriquez fought with pa- tience, knowledge, and skill. These factors equated to Vic- tory for Edwin Rodriquez. Refereed by Benj Esteves, Judges scored this bout; Don Acherman 96-94, Glenn Martin Grealish. Feldman 99-91, and Weleska Roldan 97-93 unanimously for still unde- feated Edwin Rodriquez. In the Main event of the night, World Champion Sergio Martinez defeated Matthew Macklin of the British Isles. This was a very close battle going into the (9 through 12) Championship rounds. All four fighters proved durable and tough tonight. World Champion Sergio Martinez retained his title by TKO at the end of the 11 m round. He started boxing at the age of 20. Some recent Happy Birth- days' March 19 th Manny Lopes, 21 "t Emily Harney. THE CAPTAIN IS HON- ORED -- Watching the cer- emony honoring Bruins cap- tain Zdeno Chara for pass- ing an impressive mile- stone by playing in his 1,000 th game, one has to pause and take stock at what an achievement that really is. All those years. All those possibilities of really getting hurt. Hockey is such a physical sport and somehow Chara has come through the fire in essentially one piece. It was very meaning- ful that among those he paid tribute to when he took the microphone were the train- ers and doctors that com- prise the medical staff of the Bruins. For make no mistake about it. Chara is an iron man. He has only missed two games this season and has missed just 14 games in the five plus seasons he has been with the Bruins. When you first encounter Chara in the Bruins dress- ing room you might think he chose the wrong sport. Given the fact that he is 6-9, you might think he should be down a couple of doors in the Celtics locker room. But no, he is here, among people of more or less average size, a leader that surely stands out, not only because of his height but because of his skill. He sits in a corner an- swering all questions. And because he is The Captain he is caller upon just about every night to do so. Some- times his contributions are visible as they were the night he was honored as he posted three assists in con- tributing to a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay. At other times it might be more subtle, his presence in the locker room, for example, a presence he surely has. "We really count on him," said B's forward Brad Marchand. "He plays 25-30 minutes a night and he's a leader off the ice. We defi- nitely would not have won it (the Stanley Cup) last year if it wasn't for him. Having a guy like him makes it a lot easier going into the play- offs. He showed why he's such a big asset to our team with those three assists. He just plays all areas of the rink. He seems to know the right time to jump in and create an opportunity." One of the aspects of Chara's game that is truly amazing is his blazing shot. When he lets it go, you don't want to be in the way. You see, he's won the hardest shot competition three times at the All Star Game. This year, he served as captain of one of the teams and was a plus 7 in the contest. He also broke his record in the hard- est shot contest -- which takes place the night before the game. The recorded speed of his shot -- 108.8 miles per hour. Although that shot was into an empty net one wonders how much an opposing goalie would feel, Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) regardless of how much pad- ding he was wearing. And by the way that high plus/minus figure at the All-Star game in no fluke. He's had the NHL's best plus/ minus over the last two seasons. It is a very impres- sive plus 60. In fact, the night he was honored this defenseman was continuing on somewhat of an offensive roll. Those three assists gave him 4-12-16 total for the last 18 games, a very impressive showing for someone expected to con- tribute to the defensive side of the ledger. Including the Tampa Bay contest, Chara had scored goals in three of his last five games. "He's the toughest guy to play against in the league, no question," said the re- cently acquired Brian Rolston who has spent a number of evenings over the years at- tempting to cope with the Bruins captain. "If you were to poll the forwards on every team they would say the same thing. Coming in on a nightly basis knowing that you have to face him -- it's a tough task." Chara actually played his 1,000 th league game on the road on March 24 in Los Angeles, becoming the 277  player overall and the 91 st defenseman to reach that level of durability. And what does The Captain say. "Well, it's very nice to get that recognition and ceremony," said Chara after the game. "It's very nice to be recognized by the NHL, the Bruins organization, my teammates and everybody that supported me. But when the ceremony is over you have to focus on the game. You've got to be ready be- cause you've got to play. There's no other way to describe it, just be ready and play hard the whole game." 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