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....... BOSTON POST-GA'ZETTE APRIL 27, 2012 Page.: 16 :; CORNER TALK by Reinaldo 01iveira, Jr. The Definition of Fighting The Fighters of the Fight Family ... and Upcoming Bouts Some words, in the defini- tion of Fighting. Webster's Dictionary; "Combative, bat- tling, brawling, unbeatable, ready to fight, boxing, wres- tling, contending, up in arms." I guess you've got to have a little of them all, to be a fighter. Boxers, Mixed Mar- tial Artist, Fighters in Ka- rate, and other trained fight- ers. Even those not trained. There are a lot of real tough Fighters out there, who don't compete in competitive .dis- They both fought for cip!ines. Real Gentlemen betterment in government, andLadies in Business, Poli- and did a great job for US. tics,: Raising Families, and other productive endeavors, have time to go watch and support the Fighters like you are. As I've said, if the world were full of fighters, it would be a better world. Supervised Combat between competitive individuals is "GreatF' Fight Family Members I've recently seen or heard spo- ken of: Jimbo Curran, Vladine Biosse, Edward Bishop, Calvin T. Brown, Francis X. Bellotti, Angle Carlino, Jennifer Cobis, Coop, Johnny Bos, Mike Cappiello, Jared Charney, Ed Connolly, Nicolas Cyr, Jr., Armond Colombo, Jaime Joseph A. DeNucci and Francis X. Bellotti. Thank you both. "The Hurricane" Clampitt, Master Costa, Joseph A. DeNucci, Tony DeMarco, Dr. Joseph Downes, Papa Ray Drayton, Mickey Dwyer, Freddie Duquette, Bobby Franklin, Joseph Francis, Dave GemelU, Matt Godfrey, Medina, Jim McDonald, Luke McFadden, Ann Murphy, George Michael, Jay Miller, Don O'Neill, Michael O'Donnell, Danny O'Connor, Vinny Paz, Todd Peters, Doug Pendarvis, Les Rivers, Dana Rosenblatt, Rooney, John Ruiz, fohn "The Boxer" Scully, dackie Smith, Paul Stiva- Letta, Chris Swift, Gee Santana, Ted Sares, H Tuohy, Bob Trieger, Ci Traietti, Danye Thomas, : Valenti, Fred Valenti, J vena, Ben Venuti, E ek Welch, Shirley Wood ?ad Steve Zourski. All mention'ed are major positive influences in the World of Fighting. In The News: Manny Pacquiao off to fast start in training, power, speed, move- ment says Trainer Freddie Roach. Sugar Ray Leonard interviews Manny Pacquiao. April 28 th on HBO Bernard Hopkins 52-5-2, 32 KO's in rematch with Chad Dawson 30-1, 17 KO's. May 5  Floyd Mayweather, Jr. battles Miquel Cotto and Paul Alvarez dukes it out with Shane Mosley on PPV. Then on Saturday, May 19 th there's Battle of the Badges: FDNY Bravest Boxing vs. N.E. Law Enforcement Box- ing Four at Foxwoods Resort Casino. June 2 "d Michael Oltveira fights Marcelino Freitas. Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt. Doug Pendarvis Nell Gisherman, Rick Glaser, Rich Gingras, Emily Harney, Joey Innis, Austin Killeen, Adam Qtdtt, Hamid Lahrizi, Denis Marrese, Richie LaMontagne, Manny Lopes, Joann Livermento, Ray H. Leonard, Jr., Gary Litchfield, Joey Lapino, Louie Lanci, Jimmy Man- ning, Vinny Marino, Jose On the bagpipes is Luke McFadden. This playoff season might be the last we see of him. So maybe it's time to take a good long look. At the man who looks younger than he is, plays younger than he is and prob- ably is younger at heart than he really is ... Ray Allen. Long before he ever got to the Celtics Ray Alien had been all over this great land. Born at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, California on duly 20, 1975, he graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dalzell, South Carolina in 1993 after leading the team to a state championship. The next stop was Connecti- cut .--- and another school UConn. Even as a freshman the 6' 5" guard made a big im- pression. Never starting a game during his freshman season {1993-1994), he none- theless was unanimously se- lected to the Big East All- Rookie Team after averaging 12.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per contest. In ad- dition, he was named the Big East Rookie of the Week five times during the season. All that from a guy who couldn't crack the starting lineup. We wonder just who was playing ahead of him. Whoever he was, he didn't wind up being as famous as Ray Allen. That freshman season merely served as a warm-up, though, for one Walter Ray Allen. In his second season, he went on to become the top sophomore scorer in UConn history with 675 points in 32 games. The 21.1 points per game average was good enough to earn him a berth on the All-Big East First Team and well as placing him third in conference scoring. When UConn got to Madison Square Garden for the Big East Tournament, Ray Allen did well enough to leave with another honor, a position on the Big East All-Tournament Team. As Allen traveled the coun- try, displaying his skills, he continued to be rewarded with honors worthy of his tal- ents -- being named a First Team All-American as a jun- ior by several media outlets. He was UPI National Player of the Year -- back in the day when that wire service was still functioning in a tradi- tional mode. He was also Big East Player of the Year as he led the Huskies to their third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA March Madness Tournament, to the Big East regular sea- son title (17-1 record) and to the Big East Tournament Championship. And what about the threes -- all those signature shots from the corner? He was sink- ing them long before he took to the parquet in 2007. How about 115 threes during the 1995-1996 season alone -- a single season UConn record from beyond the arc. Allen would join the NBA after his junior year, playing seven plus seasons with Mil- waukee before departing for Seattle. Right away he saw plenty of action in Milwau- kee, playing in all 82 regular season games (81 starts). For five seasons Allen would play in every game  a real iron man in a very physical league. During the 2000-2001 season he would score in double figures in every game but one -- a contest against the Celtics played a couple of days before Christmas. The 2002-2003 campaign would bring changes in Allen's life. He would play 46 games with Milwaukee be- fore being traded to Seattle where he would play in 29 more. It would be there on the West Coast where Allen would have the most prolific game of his career, scoring 54 points against Utah on Janu- ary 12, 2007. His best game as a Celtic would come two years later (51 points against Chicago in the 2009 playoffs). The years on the West Coast would be ones of per- sonal excellence for Allen. He averaged over 23 points per game every year he was with Seattle but the team only ad- vanced to the playoffs on one occasion. The high point dur- ing this interlude would come during the early fall of 2000 when Allen would achieve the dream of every athlete. He would win an Olympic gold medal as a member of Team U.S.A. Allen's years in exile -- he would not call them that -- would end during the 2007 NBA Draft when Celtics GM Danny Ainge engineered a deal that brought Allen back East. The smile on Allen's face when he was introduced to the Boston media said it all. The combination of Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Gar- nett would become one of the most outstanding configura- tions in basketball history. The Big Three. Or, as we say around here, The Second Big Three to distinguish them from Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale of years gone by. Then, as Rajon Rondo matured, some began to call the group The Big Four. They would win the 2008 NBA Championship right here at the Garden and come up just short in a second NBA Fi- nals matchup with the L.A. Lakers. In fact, they've been in the playoffs every year since they first took to the parquet as a group -- four consecu- tive seasons. Now the fifth postseason begins -- against Atlanta -- the team that forced a game 7 back in the opening round of that 2008 championship run. It may be the swan song for the group as we know it. In the weeks approaching the playoffs coach Doc Rivers said the goal was to have everyone healthy for the second season. If everyone is, there's no telling how far the Celtics will go. Whatever happens, it's been quite a ride, these last five years, with many memo- rable moments that will be long remembered.