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r Page16 '1 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2011 I CORNER ALK b. Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Champion Tony DeMarco Celebrates 56th Anniversary of Wihning World Welterweight title. It's "Battle of the Badges II1" World Mixed Martial Arts Title, "2011 !" I'm a "Boxer" -- My style: "X-treme Boxing!" Fight Family Members Remembered: 1949, 1965, 1973 and 1983 November 1956 Box- ing and Wrestling greatest Combat Mag- azine, with the great Tony DeMarco on its cover. Inside are some great photos of Tony DeMarco and trainer Sammy Ful- ler. Tony DeMarco in his victory over Wince Martinez. Congratulations World Welter- weight Champion Tony DeMarco. You won your World title on April 1, 1955 when you defeated World Champion Johnny Saxton of New Jersey. You won by KO in 14. Your great record of 58- 12-1, 33 KO's was compiled against the greatest in world boxing his- tory. You fought eight World Cham- pions in your great career. You won your World title where you grew up, the North End of Boston. You're a gentleman and a man of class, a credit to boxing. Tony DeMarco of Boston, you are one of the greats in boxing history. Dennis Marrese presents to you "Battle of the Badges!" at Park Plaza Castle in Boston on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Net proceeds to benefit the Edwin Rodriquez Foundation and other local charities. It reads: "The event features the nationally acclaimed New York City Firefighters FDNY Boxing team and pride is on the line as New York City's finest go toe to toe and glove to glove with New England's Law Enforcement best, in the Battle of the Badges III." I finally saw the Randy Couture vs. James Toney fight. An impressive win, Randy Cou- ture. "Bravo:" I thought I heard the words "Dirty boxing." I use a style called "X-treme Boxing!" I don't call my style dirty boxing. Here's what I say: "I boxed for 21 years and feel that my fight style is the best. I am a boxer who uses a style I call "X-treme Box- lag!" I have not fought in a number of years and would like to introduce my fight style, "myself," to the Ultimate fights. I would need some time to get back into fight shape. My fight style is based on boxing. I love Mixed Martial Arts. I want to win the World Mixed Martial Arts title. Not in my first match. I will need some fights to get myself into fight shape. I did okay in boxing. I was no world champion, no world title contender either. I learned to fight while I fought. You get my drift. Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira (14-0, 11 KO's) defeated previously unde- feated (now 10-1-2, 2 KO) Abel Nicolas "El Principito" Adriel of Argentina. There's something about his name, Michael Oliveira, that catches my attention. Give me some time, I'll figure it out. He defeated Nicolas Adriel by way of unanimous deci- sion and now is the interim WBC Latino super middleweight belt holder. L to R: World Champion great Willie Pep, New England Champion Danny Long, and Golden Glove Champion Joe Dias. Area Fight Fam- ily members re- membered. Read- ing Ring Magazine June 1983: Don Halpin Lowell, ring- side physician Steven Stein, ref- eree Walt Longo, World Feather- weight Champion Willie Pep CT., Jesse Crown Port- land, ME., Rick Craney Bath, ME, Jerry LaFlamme of Fall River. Kenny Butler, Hyde Park, Bernard Taylor, Brockton, Juan Quintana Holyoke, Jerry LaFlamme Fall River, Emilio Robago Bos- ton, Jose Ortiz, Lowell, World Middleweight Champion Marvin Hagler, Brockton, Robbie Simms, Brockton, Terry Crawley Hyannis, Steve Hilyard Brockton, Edwin Curet, Brockton, Jaime Rodriguez, Lowell, Jack Cicero Worcester, Anthony (Sheik) Consalvi, Sr,. Revere, Sal Bartolo, Boston, Vinnie Curio, East Boston, whoAs rated 14th in the world and 9th in the U.S., Scan Mannion, Dorchester via Ireland, rated 8th in U.S., World Wide. Fight results = Danny Long, South Boston retains New England title, Mark Mainero, East Boston; Boxing Il- lustrated December 1973. John Dennis Attleboro, AI Romano, North Adams, Paul Osborne, Lowell, Jerry Huston, New Bedford, Vinnie Curto, East Boston, Donnie Sennett, Waltham, Beau Jaynes, Lowell, Tony Petronelli, Brockton, Chris Pina, Walpole, Juan Botta, Brockton, World Heavyweight Champion great Rocky Marciano, Brockton; 1973 World rated local fighters, Eddie "Red Top" Owens, Springfield, and Jack "The Gi- ant" O'Halloran who fought out of South Boston; 1965 New England Golden Glove Champions; l121b. Tom Gauthier, l181b Robert Jaynes, 1261b Tommy Connors = voted "Outstanding Boxer," 1351b Mike Armstrong 1471b Homer Jackson, 1601b Ken Pemberton, 1751b Robert Wilson and recipient of the Rocky Marciano Trophy = Heavyweight Frank Calabro. > 1949 New England AAU Champions; l121b Theodore St. Jean l181b Ralph Mederios 1261b Norman Lopes 1351b Wilfred (Tinker) Picot 1471b Norman Hayes 1601b Glen Wright 1751b John Boutiller and Heavyweight Peter Fuller. WHAT'S UPCOMING AT THE FIGHTS? April 8th ESPN2, in Canada. David Lemieux fights Marco Antonio Rubio, for the WBC middleweight title. 8th Showtime from Texas. Danny O'Connor vs. Gabriel Bracero, Willie Nelson vs. Vincent Arroyo. 9th HBO/PPV from Las Vegas Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland vs. TBA 9th Integrated Sports PPV, New Jersey - Kevin McBride battles Tomasz Adamek. i0th Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet, Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, presents at the Florian Hall, Dorchester. Will have World Welterweight Champion great Tony DeMarco and World Lightweight Champion great Carlos Ortiz as guest. "Where's my autograph book and camera?" 164 Foxwoods in Connecticut Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz. 30th Park Plaza Castle presents to you "Battle of the Badges 3" May 7th Showtime/PPV Las Vegas Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley. 21st HBO from Canada Bernard Hopkins fights Jean Pascal in a WBC Light-Heavy- weight title fight. June 4th UFC in Las Vegas where Anthony "Showtime" Pettis and Clay Guida do battle. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by RichardPre s STAN THE MAN -- When the Jumbotron at the Garden trained its camera on the stands during the Bruins game with Toronto back on March 31, its lens brought into focus one of the most memorable players in Bruins history. That would be Stan Jonathan, a standout player with the B's teams of the 1970's and early 1980's who is remembered as much for his physical toughness as for his skill on the ice. Stan, who will be 56 on May 9, was selected 86th over- all during the fifth round of the 1975 NHL Draft. He played one game for the B's during the 1975-1976 sea- son, a year he would see action in 69 contests with Dayton of the International Hockey League, picking up 192 penalty minutes in the process. The next year, following a brief three-game stint with Rochester, it was on to Bos- ton full time where Stan would finish with 17-13-30 totals in 69 games. Over the next six seasons, Stan would distinguish himself as a per- son who didn't back down, who took on all opponents, a characteristic that often overshadowed his ability as a point producer on the ice. Stan would wind up his NHL career having appeared in 411 regular season games, scoring 91 goals and assist- ing on 110 others for 201 points. All but 19 of those games would be with the B's before he finished up with Pittsburgh during the 1982- 1983 season. Older members of Bruins Nation probably recall the 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 seasons the best since Stan put up 208 and 192 penalty minutes respec- tively in those two years. Additionally, Stan played in 63 Stanley Cup playoff games with the B's over the course of his career, finishing with 8-4-12 totals and, signifi- cantly, 137 penalty minutes. He played in the 1977 and 1978 Cup Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. This year Stan is working for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League, reconnect- ing him with sports he last played decades ago. He. is serving as Senior Hockey Advisor and First Nations Community Ambassador. Com- ing from a large family (nine sisters and four brothers) and a proud heritage (he is a full- blooded Canadian Indian), Stan realized early on that he would have challenges in life. He is the only player from the Six Nations Community to have played in the NHL. "My dad, with that many kids, couldn't afford to put all of the boys through sports," recalled Jonathan recently in a press release. "One of my older brothers didn't play hockey anymore so I took over and started playing it. Whatever you got, you worked for," he noted. "I always had it in my mind that I was na- tive and that I had to work twice as hard to accomplish the same thing." Although most people in the Boston area don't realize it, Stan grew up with lacrosse and won the 1973 Minto Cup Championship with the Peterborough (Ontario) Petes in the early 1970s. He was recently inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a member of that team. As for his present position Stan said that he was ap- proached by management in November and asked if he wanted the job. "I said, sure I would like to be involved." I have been around hockey and lacrosse my whole life. Right now, it's meeting and greeting people and doing some PR work." As part of his duties, Stan often talks with youngsters, particularly those from the native community. "I talk to kids about hockey and lacrosse and tell them what it means to be there and rep- resent themselves and the native people. They want you to do well. Saying you could have or should have down the road doesn't work anymore." In the era when pro hockey was especially noted for its rough and tough physi- cal play, when it was truly "Black and Blue Hockey," Stan Jonathan was the face of the franchise in that department. He never backed down and led by example, earning him a special place of honor in the Bruins proud pantheon of players and a spe- cial admiration among the senior members of Bruins Nation. IN MEMORIAM -- It was 25 years ago (April I0, 1986) that one of college hockey's greatest coaches passed away. John A. "Snooks" Kelley, who was behind the Boston Col- lege bench from 1932 to 1972 (with a four-year break for service in the Navy during World War II) became the first college coach to surpass the 500-victory mark when his team beat arch-rival Bos- ton University on February 23, 1972 shortly before his retirement. His final stats read 501-243-15. In 1959 he was named college hockey's coach of the year. He has also been in- ducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1972 he was honored with the NHL's Lester Patrick Award for his contribution to hockey in the United States. Despite those achieve- ments, Kelley felt the high- light of his career had come decades earlier when the Eagles won their first NCAA National Championship in 1949 with a 4-3 win over Dart- mouth. During his career at The Heights, Kelley's teams would earn berths in eight additional NCAA tournaments and nine ECAC play-offs, win eight New England Champi- onships and capture eight Beanpot titles. Kelley Rink, where the Eagles play their home games, is named is his honor.