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Page 16 BosTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15,2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Dorchester Armory, Pro-am Fights Coming to a Location Near You. "Coming Attraction!" at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Irish American Hall of Fame Announces Inductees 2011, Including Heavyweight Champ Jack Dempsey and President John F. Kennedy. World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes Presents Scholarships for UMass Dartmouth. Boxing Icon Gil Clancy Passes. Champions Hammerin Hank Lundy and Vinny Paz. Coming to a location near you: "Dorchester Armory", a Pro-Am fight card with fighters on April 16 th. Ryan Kielczweski, who headlines a talented list of professionals, takes on Robert Daluz of Providence in an eight rounder. Four other professional fights will entertain you this same night. Plus you get... Hey? That's Bos- ton Police Officer Billy "lhraft. He's got Box- ing gloves on. Yo! Is that David Wilson, gloved up too? There's New England Golden Glove Super Heavyweight Champion Owen Minor of Worcester. He's fighting Don Palmer of Colorado Springs, in three other amateur fights to be scheduled. Plenty of "Action!" this night. Coming Attractions: An action packed fight card presented by CES. Friday Night Fights, at F0xwoods Resort Casino. The 20-1-1, 10 KO Hammerin Hank Lundy pre- vailed in his battle with 20-4, 12 KO Patrick Lopez. Hammerin Hank shifted back and forth from southpaw to orthodox. Fighting for victory, neither lacked courage or desire. I clearly gave this ten rounder to Hammerin Hank. A top fighter. Definitely champion- ship material. He dropped Patrick Lopez with a good left hand. "Pow!" in the 2nd. All three judges scored this bout for Hank Lundy 99-91, 97-92 and 95-94. I scored it 98-93 for Hammerin Hank. Opponent Patrick Lopez has heart. Jimmy Burchfleld and the CES Fight Team gave fight fans what they wanted. Battle lines were drawn. A fight for the NABF lightweight belt, now worn by Hammerin Hank Lundy. Elvin Ayala (22-5-I, 10 KO's) is a former World title chal- lenger. He defeated'game Joe Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO). Teddy Atlas did a great job analyzing these fights. Gardner went down from an Ayala body shot. Down again, from a body shot. Elvin Ayala wins, by TKO, 3:00 of the 4 th round. Super middleweight Vladine Biosse (1.I-0, 6 KO's) defeated Tim Connors (10-3, 7 KO's). Both southpaws. They're throwing good shots at each other. Biosse the better of the two is a late comer to box- ing. He played football for the University of Rhode Island, prior to boxing. He started box- ing after having been injured in football. A good fight for both. Biosse was consistently in pursuit-@f Connors. Connors was kayoed by Bi()sse, at 37 seconds of the fifth, via a double left hand. Tafari Lawton (2-1-I) defeated Greg McCoy (2-3-I, 1 KO) by unani- mous decision in four. Rick Dawson (3-0, 1 KO) defeated J.C. Peterson (I-I0) by unani- mous 40-36 decision, on all three cards. Light-heavyweight Bad Chad Dawson is the brother of Rick Dawson. Christian Leo (1-0, I KO) stops Theo Desjardin (0-I) via two right hand body shots, 1.21 of the first round. This fight card ended after Bryan Abraham (3-5-2, 2 KO's) stopped Dominic DeSanto (5-1-1, 5 KO's) in the first round. Two prio r undefeated fighters: Now 23-1, 13 KO Matt Remlllard fought tough Mickey Garcia (25-0, 21 KO's) on March 26 th in New Jersey. Brought to attention by an- nouncer Michael Buffer: Someone's "0" had to go. Garcia is a tough persistent fighter, who continued to dominate Matt Remillard in this fight. Remillard fought as best he could. This was a 12-round fight for the NABF, WBO and NABO featherweight title, and ended in the i0 th round. Downed twice in the ninth, by left hook. Then left hook again and down goes Remillard. Down again in the tenth round from a flurry of punches, and a right. This round comes to an end after Remillard goes to his corner. They say "Stop fight." TKO victor at end of the tenth round is NABF, WBO and NABO Champ Mickey Garcia. In the Main event of this show, Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KO's) stops Jorge Solis (40-3-2, 29 KO's) in the 4 th round. I believe that Solis went down four times in this fight. Jorge Solis says Yuriorkis Gamboa hits harder than Manny Pacquiao, who he has fought already. The Irish Emigrant announces Irish American Hall of Fame Inductees for 2011. Massachusetts proudly looks upon these inductees admirably. Irish American Presi- dent John F. Kennedy, and World Heavy- weight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey. He was born June 24, 1895 in Manassa, Colorado, an Irish-Scotch American. He stood 6' I", 189 Ibs. and was dubbed the "Manassa Mauler!" amassing a record of 60-7-8-6 NO, 49 KO's fighting, among others, Boston Bearcat, Gunboat Smith, Jim Flynn, Fred Fulton, Battling Levinsky, Jess Willard, George Carpentier, Tommy Gibbons, Luis Firpo, Gene Tunney, Jack Sharkey, Bearcat Wright. He was elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954. Boxing legend Gil Clancy passed into that Golden Ring in Heaven refereed by God at the age of 88. Gil Clancy was named Manager of the Year twice, in 1978 and 1981. He worked with many of the greats in boxing history: Muhammad All, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Oscar De La Hoya, Ken Buchanan, Emil Griffith and the many other great fighters. Remember: Saturday April 30 th, it's Battle of the Badges 3 at the Park Plaza Castle. Fight Family members: Jennifer Cobis, Jimbo Amato, Michael Parente, Brian Barbosa, Nbc trainers, John Vena, Edward Bishop, Bobby Franklin, Peter Heintzelman, Kurt DeCicco, Jason Pires, Joann Livermento, Emily Harney, Manny Lopes; Jared Charney, Kevin Rooney, Ray Oliveira, Scan Eklund, Peter Manfredo Jr., Wayne Lopes, Theodore R. Sares, Mike's Deli, Rick Glaser, Missy Fiorentino, Joey DeGrandis, Vladine Biosse, "Chip" alias Paul Lachapelle, John The Boxer Scully, Matt Godfrey, Hamid Lahrizi of Hamid's Academy, Scott PIoof and all you other great guys and beauti- ful young ladies. "You!" are what makes the fight world go round. It can't be done without you. It's an honor to be affiliated with this great group of individu- als. Next time we all get together, I'm going to ring a large fight bell, honoring our great fight family. I just Heavyweight thought that over. I'm Champion Larry not going to ring any- Holmes gave a thing. Especially around magnificent talk you guys. If I did, I'd be to students of the first to run. I love UMass you all. "Ding!" "Help Dartmouth. me!" "Bravo[" Our prayers go out to the mother of Dick Eklund and Micky Ward. LITTLE BIG MAN -- While there wasn't a Boston team in the NCAA Hockey Divi- sion I Frozen Four Champi- onship in St. Paul, Minnesota April 7-9, indeed, not even a team from the Eastern U.S., there was still a Boston angle to the weekend. That was because the goalie for Michigan was Shawn Hunwick, the younger brother of Matt Hunwick who played for the Bruins until last November. Hunwick, who stands only 5-7, was all set to play for Adrian College -- which won the Division III national title this year -- before he got a call from Michigan. He came as a walk-on without a schol- arship but helped lead the team to an NCAA appearance last year after No. 1 goalten- der Bryan Hogan was injured. This year Hogan came back healthy but got hurt again and Hunwick saw his first action of the season in a big way -- before 113,411 fans in Michigan's outdoor 5-0 victory over rival Michigan State back in December, a contest that saw him make 34 saves. Hogan got healthy again but Hunwick had the job for good this time, leading the team to the national championship game. He made 40 saves in Michigan's 2-0 semifinal vic- tory over North Dakota and kept things tight in the na- tional championship game with 35 saves before the Uni- versity of Minnesota-Duluth won 3-2 in overtime. He was named to the All-Tourna- ment Team and yes, he plans on returning next year for his final season of eligibility. And what of brother Matt? He played all four years at Michigan where he served as team captain his senior year and was named the team's outstanding defenseman for three consecutive seasons. He then signed with the Bru- ins and played the 2007-2008 season mostly in Providence -- with 55 games in Rhode Island and only 13 in Boston. He made the move to the NHL for good in 2008-2009 and saw action in 53 Bruins contests. He underwent sur- gery for a ruptured spleen during the 2009 playoffs but came back and played a career high 76 games for the B's during the 2009-1010 campaign. After playing 22 Bruins games last fall, he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche on November 29, 2010. He ap- peared in 51 games for Colo- rado, finishing with no goals and 10 assists for the Ava- lanche, a team that finished next to last in the Western Conference this year. STRANGERS ON THE SUNSWEPI" SHORES -- If by chance your travels take you to Naples, Florida from April 28 to May 1 and you happen to recognize a number of people who seem to be out of place given the climate of the Sunshine State, there's no need to do a doubletake. Your eyes won't be deceiving you. You see, the men's and women's college hockey coaci]es of America will be gathered in Naples for their annual convention. Boston university coach Jack Parker is a panelist at the gathering while Hockey East Commis- sioner Joe Bertagna is ex- ecutive director of the group -- the American Hockey Coaches Association. THE GM ON THE SEASON -- When Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli was asked how far the team has to go this year to be deemed a success he answered this way: "That is a very broad question. We entered this year coming off that disap- pointing end against Philadel- phia and that's been an un- derlying theme of the year, to be able to respond, to be able to build from that. So the ob- vious answer is to get past the second round. But it's more than that. It's about how we play, it's about how we compete. There are a lot of variables that go into a play- off run and I expect us to have a successful one." WHY IS THAT MAN SMIL- ING? -- Miami Heat star LeBron James may have a lot to smile about during the" NBA Playoffs but his widest grin may come on Patriots Day Weekend. With taxes not due until April 18 this year, it is a day LeBron will experience one of the more positive as- pects of "The Decision" -- to sign with Miami last sum- mer. While not widely re- ported at the time James re- vealed his intentions, it should be noted that Florida does not have a state income tax. So, when he turned down offers from the Nets and the Knicks -- both located in high tax states -- and decided to cast his lot with Miami, it meant he Will save millions of dollars in taxes over the span of his six-year, $110 million contract. If he had signed with the Knicks, for example, he would be paying three separate income taxes each year -- to the federal government, to the state of New York and to New York City. Yes -- New York City has its very own city income tax. LEAVE IT TO THE RED SOX -- When the Sox came back to Boston from an 0-6 road trip and then proceeded to win their home opener against the Yankess at Fenway, they accomplished what neither the Bruins or Celtics did in their final playoff games last year -- they won Game 7. IN MEMORIAM -- Remem- bering Bob DeCristoforo-- "Our Bobby D" -- a valued col- league and community trea- sure, who passed away one year ago (April 19, 2010) while vactioning in Mexico. When you go to church during Holy Week, remember Bobby in your prayers. Working at both the Garden and Fenway Park for decades, he saw many memorable games and often had the opportunity to meet with celebrities. But he al- ways said his number one priority was going to Mass. Best Wishes to All for a Happy, Holy and Spiritual Easter.