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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZE'B'E, APRIL 1,2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Tom Martini Scores a "KayoF at Pugs Luncheon Happy Birthday Pops Lynch! World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes to Give Out Scholarships for UMass Dartmouth, April 6 "Jimbo!" Jimbo Curran and Jimbo Amato Share Their Thoughts In the UFC, Jon "Bones" Jones Stops Mauriceo "Shogun" Rua in 'Two!" New England Fighters, "1976" My Compliments to Fight Family Members Pug Ring Leader Tom Mar- tini scores a Kayo. Here are Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, Mary Nelson, top Ref- eree Charley Dwyer, Ted Sares, Bob Benoit, Paul V. Barry, Ed Quigley, Jimmy Connors, Joe Marques, Joe Dias, Snuf Pratt, Walter Grooves, Jimbo Curran, Jack Hurley, Kenny Butler Jr., Kevin O'Leary, Pops Lynch, Joe O'Leary, Rick Rudolph, Shirley Adams, John Ford, Brian Ford and Joey DeGrandis. All at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. Happy Birthday Pops Lynch. Tommy Martini has class. Pops Lynch is great, and all you Pugs are great too. At this great gathering, I spoke with superb trainer Jimbo Curran of the Peter Welsh Gym. We spoke on the sub- ject of "Fighters." dimbo knows boxing. He's a very knowledgeable man. He named the five greatest fighters he's seen in his life- time: Muhammad All, Jose Napoles, Sugar Ray Leonard, Alexis Arguello and Roberto Duran. He says on Muham- mad, "All threw 10 punches, and landed 11." His list of top four fighters of today: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Sergio Mar-tinez and Ber- nard Hopkins. In the UFC, Jon "Bones" Jones stopped Mauriceo "Shogun" Rua in "two!" Jon "Bones" Jones is now the youngest UFC World Cham- pion in its history. He won his title at the age of 23. He fights like a "Fury." Jones continued his assault on Shogun Rua, after starting it in the first. This onslaught on Shogun Rua resulted in a second round stoppage. Jon "Bones" Jones is quite the fighter. In Germany, Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO's) stopped Cuban Olympic champion Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KO) in one round. "PowF Down goes Solis. A right hand from Vitali scored to the temple of Solis and down he goes. The official time of this Kayo by "Let's get ready to Rumble" Michael Buffer? 3:00 of the first round. 19,000 fans were at the Lanxess Arena for this fight. Jimbo Amato makes a great observation. He brought to light that he feels the greatest fighter to come out of Argentina was Oscar "Ringo" Bonavena. Oscar Natalio Bonavena was born in Buenos Aires Argentina, on September 25, 1942. Os- car had 67 fights. 57 wins, 43 KO's, 9 losses, and 1 draw. Oscar Bonavena fought great fighters: Tom MeNeeley, Zora Folley (2 times), Greg- orio Peralta (2), Karl Milden- The tough George Chuvalo, who never got knocked off his feet. berger, George Chuvalo, Jimmy Ellis, Muhammad All, Roberto Davila (2), Leotis Martin, Joe Frazier (2), Alberto Lovell, Manuel Ramos, Floyd Paterson, and many other rough and tough hombres. 2011 Ring 4 Hall of Fame guest Carlos Ortiz was the 1967 Boxing Illustrated Fighter of the Year. Muham- mad Ali was for the years 1963, 1966, 1970, 1974 and 1975. Jose Napoles the 1969 Fighter of the year, Roberto Duran in 1976, and Alexis Arguello irt 1977. World Heavyweight Cham- pion Larry Holmes, to speak for U Mass Dartmouth at Venus de Milo, in Swansea. I'm talking with Nora Barnes about the April 6 th time for the event at Univer- sity of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. World Heavy- weight Champion great Larry Holmes will speak at this great event at Venus de Milo in Swansea. This is the 1 1 th Annual Celebrity/ Scholarship Dinner. Come on down, support education. Mingle with the champ. Autographe& pictures and items. Larry Holmes de- fended his World title 20 times. He fought the greats: Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Gerry Cooney, Tim Wither- spoon, Earnie Shavers, Mike Weaver, Paul Poirier, Evander Holyfield, Ray Mer- cer, Mike Tyson, Michael Spinks, to name a few. He retired with a great record of 69-6, 44 by KO. Holmes will also be presenting scholar- ships to deserving students. Also in attendance are Rich Torsney and Dan O'Malley. Two classy gentlemen. Rich Torsney fought World Cham- pion Marvelous Marvin Hagler twice. Dan O'Malley was in the Ring with Jerry Quarry. One of the greatest heavyweight fighters, who never won a World title. Jerry Quarry defeated Earnie Shavers, as well as 24- straight knockout winner Mac Foster, and gave Ron Lyle'his first loss. They all challenged for the World title. My compliments to Fight Family Members: Jennifer Cobis, an admirable caring young lady, that appears to be, as nice as can be. You're an angel. God bless you and "Chloe." Mickey Finn, on your continued great work for Eoxing and Ring 4. World rated contender Iron Mike Pusateri on your continued devotion to the greatest sport in the World. A sport in which you actually fight your way to the top, as you did. The Post Gazette North End Boston. A great newspaper that I proudly write for. I grew up enjoying history. Italian, Irish, Portuguese, American, Greek, and all. History is great. I enjoy, and proudly study it. "Veni, Vidi, Vici." and "Erin go Braugh!" The Post-Gazette Boston and the South Boston Tri- bune. I love European, Afri- can, Asian and American history. Fighting history and the fight sciences are major interests of mine. "Ice Man" John Scully. You represent boxing well. All remember? If you want to know where you are going to, remember where you came from. Recent birthdays: March 19 th Manny Lopes, Pat Long, 25 th Emily Harney, 29 th John Vena, April 4 th Marty Murphy, 5  Kenny Butler, 8  Bob Hayden, Joe Possidento, 9 th Calvin Brown, 10 th Bob Benoit, 12 th Irish Billy Skin- ner, 16 th Mickey Flynn, 23 rd Jim Melvin, 26 th Ron Borges, 29 u and RIP Bernie McNally. Happy Birthday Calvin Brown. It was a grand day for those of us who gathered in the press box at the TD Garden on the last Saturday of March. For once more that impres- sive voice was heard, once more an audience was capti- vated. Once more those privi- leged to hear that voice were regaled in hockey history and lore. The occasion was a date that might unofficially be called Bob Wilson Day at the Garden, a time set aside to honor the veteran radio broadcaster whose voice was so familiar to those who heard it for the more than 20 seasons that he served as the representative of Bruins Nation in the broadcast booth. What brought Bob, accom- panied by his family, back from his home in New Hamp- shire was the naming of the Bruins radio booth in his honor -- a fitting and well- deserved tribute to a sports- caster synonymous with the team he covered. For those who think this must be an easy position to have, think again. Bob once told me that he had to get to the Garden by 3 p.m. the day of most home games because that was the only time the coach was available for the taping of the pre-game inter- view that would air about a half hour before each game. And years ago, the B's used to a have a Christmas night game at the Garden so there really was no such thing as Christmas dinner at the Wilson household for a num- ber of years. But Bob, the professional that he was, never com- plained and just considered it part of the job that he had to do. As for the dedication: "It means a great deal," said the man who still sports a brush cut even though he's 82 years young. "It validates a career. I'm just honored beyond words with this move by Bruins' management. It's just wonderful." Bob, a native of Arlington, was greeted by NESN broad- caster Jack Edwards and cur- rent radio man Dave Goucher plus Bruins President Cam Neely. It was Cam who opined that unfortunately he often had plenty of time to listen to Wilson's call of the games during his career since on several occasions he was not playing but recuperating from various injuries. Bob, of course, followed the Bruins as a youngster but as a professional he knew he had to be fair, even if some Bruins goals brought more excitement and emotion. "When you grow up with a team you try to be even- handed but sometimes you get more excited than you need to be. On the road I had to get excited to get over (the noise ot] the home crowd." It's also interesting that the man whose main task was to be the eyes of the listening audience could unfortunately not accomplish that task today. During his retirement years, Bob has been diag- nosed with an eye condition and today's press box, located on level nine, is much higher than the one in the original Garden. It's some 145 feet off the ice. Bob never worked in the present Garden, which opened in 1995 and featured press seating much closer to the action. He retired in 1994. "I have a problem with macular degeneration so I can't see the players from up here," noted Wilson, who for years had a Sunday night DJ show on a New Hampshire station after he left the B's broadcast booth. He and his family watched the game against the Rangers from seats on level five -- much closer than where the mem- bers of the Fourth Estate are placed today. Despite Bob's long tenure behind the Bruins micro- phone, there wasn't a multi- .year contract that made the job secure. He said he "never imagined" a long-term position .with the Bruins. It just happened. "It was mostly year-to-year all the way through. The Bruins have been very good to me and the variety of stations that I was on (as the B's changed flagship outlets from time to time) is amazing. But it worked and I'm really happy with it." Although he's most identi- fied with the Bruins he did other calls over the years. That would be two seasons with the St. Louis Blues plus Boston's most revered college hockey tournament. "I didn't do high school but I did the Beanpot a number of times, maybe 10-12 times. That was a lot of fun. But the consolation game was awfully hard to do, particularly when my favorite -- Northeastern -- was in it." Bob says that the. Bruins last Stanley Cup champion- ship back in 1972 was "a highlight of my career. It's the last Stanley Cup (champion- ship winning) goal that the Bruins scored. It was inter- esting. Phil Esposito told me after the game that Bobby Orr came up to him on that final faceoff with about 20-30 sec- onds left in the game and said "Get the puck lo me and I'll kill it off." It was an exciting time as was the welcome back at Logan Airport in the middle of the night. It was fun." The man who once called the games says he enjoys lis- tening to the call of Dave Goucher, the current radio broadcaster. "I do like it. He does a nice job. It's a basic job. You don't have to do interpret- ing all the time. You can call a straightforward game, up and down, round and about." Bob Wilson Day ended much too soon. By 3:40 p.m. the Rangers had skated off with a 1-0 victory and the building was silent once more. But echoes remain of the man who had the pipes that pro- pelled him to the popular position he will hold for- ever with older members of Bruins Nation.