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@ Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 2, 2010 CORNER by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "SHAM CK'D[" Danny O'Connor and Franklin Gonzalez as they classi- cally engage in their bout. Won by Danny O'Connor in spectacular fashion. Still undefeated at 12-0. They were Shamrock'd at Twin Rivers. CES Promo- tions and Jimmy Burch-field provided a fine Fight show. Two fighters most impres- sive on this fight card were Danny O'Connor, who's now 11-0 with 3 KO's of Framingham, and the other is Jason Pires 22-3-2, 9 KO's of New Bedford. Both exhibited ability and cour- age. Danny O'Connor dem- onstrated he's an accurate, stylish fighter. He's a strat- egist who employs sidestep- ping, countering, and the throwing of good combina- tions. He feints punches and thrills the audience with his accuracy. He's a virtuoso in boxing shoes. A cool, calm fighter with pa- tience. Danny O'Connor has a keen sense of anticipating opponents and countering effectively. He's accurate, and stylish. As sharp a fighter as I've seen in recent times. He demonstrated that he has the ability to go places. As sang in the song, "Danny Boy," "Oh Danny Boy," "The Pipes, the Pipes, are Calling!" In the World of Boxing. We Call for Danny O'Connor. In another good fight Jason Pires demon- strated "Courage!" From near disaster, he fought back courageously to a hard earned draw. In the second round, Jason Pires got knocked down twice. Look at it this way? It's not that he got knocked down. It's how he got back up and fought back for victory. Fighting back, with his in- ner "Warrior!" Jason enter- tained the crowd, with spec- tators going wild as in the movie, "Rocky." Jason Pires fought back for the draw. His scheduled opponent was changed at the last minute. His new opponent was very good. John "The Renegade" Revish had only one loss n twelve fights. Eight of his victories were by knockout. Jason reached down deep, went into his inner arsenal, and snatched from within himself qualities he has that led to his success in boxing. Opponent John "The Renegade" Revish came to win. Jason Pires came to win. Neither fighter lost. The draw, seemed ap- propriate. "No winners." "No losers." Both paid a price in battle. They battled to a well applauded draw. I call it Victory, for both. Battling this night: Sean Eklund 7-4, 1 KO of Lowell, won the title by way of a Unanimous decision over Eddie Sot0 12-1, 4 KO's of Rhode Island. In this interesting rematch, S Wishes You a Happy Easter DOM CAMPOCHIARO President S .AT TWiN R ! WRs Sean Eklund vindicated himself. In the 5t~ round, Eddie Soto went down from a body shot to the liver. I guess you could see the influence of having a great experienced corner, as he has in Micky Ward. Sean defeated a foe, who had previously defeated him, by controversial decision. Sean Eklund won this rematch by way of a unanimous un- disputed six round decision. In the comer of Sean Eklund were two top trainers who are also family: Micky Ward, and Diekie Eklund. After their battle the hands of Sean Eklund were victori- ously raised. He's the new EBA Super Lightweight Champion. Danny O'Con- nor won by unanimous de- cision, in defeating Franklin Gonzalez 13-4, 9 KO's of New York. Jaime "The Hurri- cane" Clampitt, 20-5-1, 7 KO's. Former Female Champion defeated Jill Em- ery 9-3, 3 KO's of New York in this very interesting match. Jill Emery, a classic boxer has a sort of John L. Sullivan style. Jason Pires, and John Revish, 10- 1- 1, 8 KO's of Louisiana, fought to a six round draw. Keith Kozlin 5-0, 3 KO's, won by way of a In-st round TKO over Robert Burgess 4-3, 2 KO's. Super-middleweight Joey McCreedy fought to a draw, with Dhafir Smith 22-19-7, 4 KO's and Cape Cod's Jesse Barboza 3-0, 3 KO's of Barn- stable battled and stopped Richard Mason, now 0-1 of New York. This was an ac- tion match, while it lasted. This fight ended with a KO in 2. Richard Mason was making his professional de- but versus two bout, two kayo Jesse Barboza. He's man- aged by Ed Imondi. He's a fine Heavyweight prospect to keep an eye on. He's got Skill. Trainer Ken Sylvia says "Boxing is the only sport you don't play." The CES fight team is to be con- gratulated for the fine work. Nick Barbato, Rich Cappiello, Ted Panagiotis, Bob Treiger, and the many other fine con- tributors to Jimmy Burch- field and CES. At this Gala of Fighters were two World Champion Greats: Tony DeMarco and Vinny Paz. The atmosphere was elegant and entertaining. Master of Ceremonies John Vena, continued his inspiring call to "WARt" Spectators got the action they called for. UPCOMING FIGHTS April 2ad at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT, Olympian Demetrius Andrade vs. Jeff Spruiell. Keep an eye on Andrade, he's going places. April 3rd in Las Vegas Roy Jones Jr., and Bernard Hopkins do it again. They met May 22nd, 1993 with Roy Jones Jr., winning the deci- sion. April 8th Wyndham- Andover presents Charity Fight Night, by the Exchange Club of Lawrence. Honored this night, will be guest of Honor, Auditor Joe DeNucci. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss Some people felt that the Bruins should have beaten the Northeast Division lead- ing Buffalo Sabres at the Garden back on March 29. Many cited the rough start of goalie Tim Thomas who was pulled early in the second period after allowing three goals. But they also need to remember that Marco Sturm missed on a penalty shot early in the first period. In addition, buried in the game notes distributed to media members before the game was this interesting statistic. In games where the Sabres led after two periods, they were undefeated at 26-0-0. When they skated off with a 3-2 victory over the B's they were 27-0-0 when leading after two and 54-1-6 in that situation dating back to the start of last season (October, 2008). Ironically, during the game keepsake posters of Sturm's winning goal in the Winter Classic back on New Year's Day at Fenway Park were dis- tributed to media members as tokens of appreciation. By the way, that penalty shot by Sturm that was stopped by Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller was the fourth penalty shot taken by a Bruins player this season -- and the most by the team in any one season since they were awarded five during the 1934-1935 campaign. It was also the fifth penalty shot awarded to Sturm while a member of the Bruins -- a category he leads over Johnny Bucyk and P.J. Axelsson who each had three during their respective ca- reers with the B's. Many are dissatisfied with the goaltending of Thomas this season. But over the last weekend in March he posted a fine" 5-0 shutout win over Calgary at the Garden and appeared to be in the form that won him the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie last year. Even with his rocky start in the game against Buffalo, those who feel that the B's have a problem in this area need only consult the statis- tics that accompany the standings on a daily basis. As of March 31 Thomas and Tuukka Rask had allowed a combined total of 189 goals -- a total that placed the Bruins tied for third with the Sabres in the entire 30-team National Hockey League for fewest goals allowed. So ... if the Bruins do in- deed have a goaltending prob- lem this season, it is a prob- lem that 26 other NHL teams certainly would like to have. As we've said before -- and we repeat it again during these crucial closing days of the regular season -- the real problem with the Bruins has been the lack of scoring. And remember, Marc Savard, who had contributed 33 points this season before going down with a concus- sion against Pittsburgh on March 7, is out indefinitely while recovering from that injury. The Sabres game was es- sentially a 3-1 contest until the B's scored with about five minutes to go to make it 3- 2. The next night (March 31) the Bruins battled New Jer- sey and came away with a 1-0 road victory over the Devils via an overtime goal by Patrice Bergeron who closed March as the team's leading point producer with 50 for the season. While the victory was nice, the lack of goal scoring was once again on display for all to see. Thus, although the Bruins' goaltending has been good, the scoring has been the opposite. As of March 31 the B's had scored only 191 goals on the season, putting them in last place in the league in the category of fewest goals scored. By con- trast, Eastern Conference leader Washington, who the Bruins will place twice on the road (April 5 and April 11) during the most important final week of the regular sea- son, led the entire NHL in goals scored with 296 as of March 31. As the Bruins entered April with only six games left in the regular season, it was still a question mark as to whether there would be playoff action on Causeway Street. The Bruins occupied the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Confer- ence standings but that was tenuous with both Atlanta and the New York Rangers right behind and Carolina not out of the picture. Normally good goaltending wins games. But if a team can't score to back up that goaltending then sooner or later things will catch up with that low scoring team. Right now, the Bruins are in that position. Narrow, low scoring victories are nice but they also display a weak- ness -- the low scoring. Since the Olympic Break concluded, it's been good enough to keep the Bruins just above the playoff demar- cation line. If the equation remains the same for the closing days of the regular season then the Bruins will slide under the wire and make the play- offs. But conference leading Washington looms in a big- time way. The Bruins may well have to defeat Washington twice as the regular sea- son closes to make the playoffs. And if they do make the playoffs in the eighth position, they will be re- warded by playing a best-of- seven opening round series against the Caps with Wash- ington having the home ice advantage and thus the first two games in its home arena. Not the best of scenarios to be sure -- but one that will test the B's in a supreme way in the days ahead. By the time people file their income taxes at mid-month, scribes will still be writing about the Bruins -- or they will have been written off until September. ! i i