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Page 16 ' " ' BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL29,2011 " " ' " " '"" ..... " CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "Fighters are the Best!" Ryan Kielczweski, Chris Traietti, "Victorious!" Victor Ortiz in Action Wins! April 30 t" "Battle of the Badges 3" Veteran Fighters At the Dorchester Armory, local battler Ryan Kielcz- weski shines and is now 10-0, 2 KO's. Winning an eight round unanimous decision over seasoned 13-33-3 Robert DeLuz. A good Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczweski, continues pro- gressing in boxing, he gets better and better. Chris Traietti 9-2, 5 KO's of Quincy, won by decision in six over Randy Campbell 3-5, 2 KO's of Ohio. Derek Silveira of Byfield, defeated 0-3 Rameil Shelton of R.I., in their four-rounder. Alex Amparo of Provi- dence R.I., defeated Tim Kaes. This fight was stopped in one. The towel was thrown in after these two came out throwing bombs from the get go. Alex Amparo was more effective in his attack. This bout was stopped when these two slug-fest-engaged individu- als were fighting for victory. This fight was stopped when the knees of Kaes buckled. Action when former ama- teur star Dan Powers of New Hampshire, now 2-0, pre- vailed over MMA fighter Fred Mandracchia. Dan Powers was more precise with his shots, as he stopped less ac- curate punching Fred Mandracchia in the first round. In the amateur portion of this fight card USA Boxing sanctioned five amateur bouts. Along with Boston Police Officer Billy Taft and Super-heavyweight Amateur Champion Donny Palmer, who won a decision over Owen Minor. Matchmaker Mark Vaz. LOTS OF ACTION Vicious Victor Ortiz From Foxwoods, lots of action between tough war- riors, new WBC World Wel- terweight Champion Vicious Victor Ortiz 29-2-2, 22 KO's, won over one loss 27-1, 21 KO Andre Berto. These two slug-fest minded war- riors fought a fight where both hit the canvas. Berto was down in the I st and 6 th. Ortiz went down, in the 2 "d and 6 th. Ortiz also lost a point in the 10 Lh for hitting behind the head of Berto. Harold Lederman scored this fight for Ortiz 115-110. Voting officials gave this fight to Victor Ortiz, 115-110, 114- 112, and 114-111, in an exciting fight. I extend my compliments to both. Great Trainer Freddie Roach. I noticed in bygone times, there was more defensive skill shown by fighters. Please don't find fault with me for finding fault. As a matter of fact I am not find- ing fault. I am just pointing out. Fighters of yesteryear demonstrated more defen- sive skill than fighters of now. Although there are still many very skilled defensive fighters around. I do agree with those who think, "The best defense, is a good offense:" Fight announcer Harold Lederman continues his great work commenting on fights. He says, "If you've been through hell, just keep going." Great advice for fighters. I know I'm going to keep going. I know fighters of yesteryear did display more defensive skill. Champions of the world. Veteran fighters: Sal Bartolo 97, Willie Pep 241, Paul Pender 48, Sugar Ray Robinson 201, Jake LaMotta 106, Archie Moore 229, Roberto Duran 69, Muham-mad AIi 59, Harold Gomes 59, Marvelous Marvin Hagler 67, to name a few. Numbers after names: Fights in their "veteran fight career!" In another fight, great Trainer Freddie Roach with Amir Khan aggressively seeking Paul McCloskey, who is somewhat defen- sively elusive. Khan the ag- gressor, was dominating in this fight while it lasted. This WBA World Welter- weight title was kept in pos- session by Amir Khan, by way of a six round technical decision after a clash of heads. Going to the score- cards, Amir Khan was ahead on all three scorecards 60-54. "BATTLE OF THE BADGES 3" April 30 th- Don't forget Battle of the Badges 3. "WHAT'S A VETERAN FIGHTER?" Is being a veteran fighter the amount of fights one has in one's career or is it expe- rience against other experi- enced fighters? Or is it the finesse that one exhibits? One of my trainers for a few years of my career was World Middleweight Champion Great Paul Pender. Rich Torsney of South Boston, was taught fight skills from Paul Pender too. World Champion Paul Pender could thread a needle while boxing. A scientist in the ring. I also was trained un- der the guidance of trainer with five World Champions Charles "Babe" Wood. Paul Pender and Babe Wood trained me for a few years of my career. I was a sparring partner for World Middle- weight Champion Marvel- ous Marvin Hagler, for three of his fights. First for the 10-19-84 Willie Warren fight on November 11, 1978. His title defense versus Southpaw Mustafa Hamsho 10-19-84 and for his 6-13-81 second title fight with great tough Champion Vito Antuofermo. The Marvelous One, is a great fighter. He fought like a precise well oiled fighting machine. Mar- vin Hagler, a great fighter, with a great corner Goody Petronelli, Pat Petronelli and Pit Perron. Goody Pet- ronelli, I call the "Mad Sci- entist of Boxing." Like Dr. Baron Frankenstein, cre- ated a Monster in destroyer Marvelous Marvin Hagler. This team is etched to- gether for eternity, in his- tory as a great fight team. The only team that Cham- pion Marvin Hagler ever trained under was Goody Petronelli, Pat Petronelli and Pit Perron. That's loyalty. The Marvelous one and I engaged in three exhibi- tions: Bermuda, Worcester and Providence. I wasn't a great fighter, they were: Middleweight Champions Paul Pender and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. I observed, listened and saw what makes great champions. Thank you all for the won- derful experience of our as- sociations. You're the greats. Congratulations grand- father Danny Long on the April 16 th birth of your 81b, 7 oz., granddaughter Made- line Grace Kelly to your daughter Jane "Long" Kelly. Fight Family prayers to R/chard Hand Sr., U.S. Army and Iron Worker. He's the beloved father of fight pho- tographer Richard Hand Jr., a U.S. Marine and Iron Worker himself. We salute you and pray for you both. Richard Hand Sr., is in ill health at the present. Our fight family sends condolences to Maureen Attardo of Southie. The be- loved wife of the late Angelo "Butchie" Attardo. The mother of John, Maureen, Susan, Anthony, Karen, Charlene, Richard, David, Nancy and Tommy. Grand- mother of 29 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson and 3 great- great-grandchildren. God bless you and rest in peace. Our fight family prayers go out to the wife of Mike Bonislawski of Cambridge, Trudi. She passed on into that Golden Ring in Heaven refereed by God on April 15 th. God bless you and rest in peace. Pitt Perron advised me of the passing of Steve Rosen- blatt, the father of Dana Rosenblatt. Our fight family prayers are with you, and God be with you. NOW PLAYING IN GOAL -- The best line that went through the locker room and media area following Game 5 of the Bruins-Canadiens series at the Garden was the foUowing: Who was the last man to play goal for the Bruins without a mask? The answer: Michael Ryder. BEEN THERE BEFORE -- The double overtime thriller that Game 5 evolved into brought back memories for winning goalie Tim Thomas. It turns out that Thomas had played in a game back in high school that went into six overtimes. "It started about 4 in the afternoon and ended around 11 at night," recalled Thomas. "I remember all the guys sprawled in the hall- ways between periods." FOURS --When the Cel- tics completed a sweep of the New York Knicks on Sunday, they became only the second team in NBA history to ac- complish a little known feat. That was to complete a sweep in which a different player led the winning team in scor- ing each game. Ray Allen led the way in Game One with 24 points while Rajon Rondo was the pacesetter in Game Two with 30 tallies. Paul Pierce was the team leader in Game Three with 38 while Kevin Garnett had 26 in the closeout contest. The only other team to have four dif- ferent scoring leaders in a four-game sweep was the Detroit Pistons back in 1989. They took out the Milwaukee Bucks in four straight games in the Eastern Conference semifinals that year with Bill Laimbeer, John Salley, Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars do- ing the scoring honors. ALLEN FOR THREE -- When Allen scored those 24 points in Game One, the most memorable was a three-point shot that put the Celtics ahead with 12 seconds left in regulation. Counting the reg- ular season and that play- off opener, Allen had made seven go-ahead hoops in the last 24 seconds of regulation time or overtime, the most in the NBA. He was shooting nearly 54 percent on such attempts. DOUBLES -- When Miami's Chris Bosh put up consecu- tive double-doubles in the first two games of the Heat's series with Philadelphia, he became only the second player in franchise history to achieve a double-double in each of his first two post-sea- son games with the team. The first was Shaquille O'Neal, now with the Celtics, who contributed back-to-back double-doubles in late April of 2005. MATH -- Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks wears number 7 because his son's birthday is March 7 th plus his high school number minus his Denver Nuggets number (15) equals 7 and the number he wore while playing at Syra- cuse University was 7. PLAYOFFS -- As the 2011 playoffs commenced, it is worth noting that the best- of-seven format has been used 408 times since the league's first season in 1946- 1947. The team that has won the opening game went on to win 320 of those 408 series. Of those 408 series 106 have gone all the way to the seven- game limit while 57 have been four-game sweeps. In addition, the home court advantage has been significant with team having the home court edge winning 308 of the 408 best-of-seven series. No team in NBA his- tory has ever bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best of seven series. Only eight teams have come back from 3-1 deficits and only 14 have come back after being behind 2-0. Game Five in a tight series has proven to be crucial. The team that wins Game Five in a best-of-seven series tied 2-2 is 130-27 in those series all-time. THIS AND THAT -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers played for the Knicks from 1992 to 1995, averaging 7.7 points and 5.1 assists in 90 regular season games ... He also averaged 10.2 points in 15 playoff games ... Chauncey Billups of the Knicks was selected by the Celtics in the 1997 NBA Draft and played for them during part of the 1997-1998 season before being traded to Toronto along with Dee Brown, John Thomas and cur- rent Celtics Assistant coach Roy Rogers for Kenny Ander- son, Zan Tabak and Popeye Jones ... Billups and San Antonio's Tony Parker are the only active NBA point guards to win NBA Finals MVP honors ... Billups earned the honor in 2004 while Parker was named in 2007 ... In addition, Billups played in seven consecutive confer- ence finals from 2003 to 2009, one of only five players to do so since 1970 and one of only two players in NBA history (the first was Wilt Chamberlain) to have played for seven straight conference titles with two different teams ... Celtics as- sistant coach Armond Hill was born in Brooklyn and attended Bishop Ford Cen- tral High School ... When the Knicks were swept by the Celtics it extended their winless streak against the Celtics in the playoffs to 21 years. The last time the Knicks defeated the Celtics in the playoffs on the Madi- son Square Garden court was May 4, 1990. The last time they beat the C's on Causeway Street was May 6 of the same year ... Knicks player Sheldon Williams, who played for the Celtics last season, has been nick- named "The Landlord" by his teammates ... He is married to WNBA star Candace Parker ... Mike D'Antoni is the 24 th head coach in the history of the New York Knicks. Ronny Turiaf of the Knicks speaks five lan- guages: English, French, Spanish Italian and Creole. Roger Mason, his teammate, plays classical music on the piano.