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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 30, 2010 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. New NABO Champion 18-0-1, 10 KO undefeated Hammerin Hank Lundy. It's May 1 st, in Las Vegas. This is where Floyd Mayweather Jr., battles Sugar Shane Mosley. What do you think? "Who wins, the prize?" This interesting fight, I believe favors Floyd Mayweather Jr. Still, don't underestimate Sugar Shane Mosley. He's older, at thirty nine. I believe, he could still handily win this fight. He has a longer reach. Mosley 74 inches to Mayweather, at 72 inches. It appears, that Mosley hits harder. Mosley has 39 KO's to the 25 KO's of 33-year-old Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather appears, to have an advantage in hand speed? I say? What if seasoned mature veteran Sugar Shane Mosley, antici- pates Mayweather trajectories? Times his strikes and contacts Mayweather before Mayweather gets set, or hits him? This would be an influential factor. Throwing the game plan of Mayweather off. Remember?? Mosley is still a seasoned veteran with speed. If he's snappy and sharp at the beginning of this battle. Does he throw the game plan off of Mayweather? This should be an interest- ing fight, both are talented. By the way if Floyd Mayweather wins this fight, he will not win the WBA title and the title will be- come vacant. If Shane Mosley wins he re- tains the title. Massachusetts State Auditor and World Boxing Title Contender Joseph A. DeNucci. Thank you for all you have done for us. You have assembled one of the great offices in politics. Congratulations and keep up the great work. Thank you from a constituent. We're at Lindsey's in Wareham for a Ring 4 meeting. Honored this day is longtime dedicated member Jimmy Connors. His name has been added to the list of Ring 4 Boston Presidents. Jimmy's a longtime member of Ring 4. He served for a spell in the transitioning process as President of Ring 4 Boston. President Bobby Franklin, Recording Secretary John O'Brien and former Ring 4 President Mickey Finn cer- emoniously acknowledged and added Jimmy Connor's name to the Presidents Plaque. Ap- plauding this ceremony are Officers named along with Tommy Conlon, Mike Couture, Jack Hurley, John Ford, Tommy Martini, Steve Memishian, Iron Mike Pusateri, Chic Rose, Don Mack, Ralph Wright and myself. Congratulations to Jimmy Connors: I just heard Bernard Hopkins say, "We're in the hurt business." I like, the way he put that. "The Hurt Business! .... Ouch!" Local favorite, Hammerin Hank Lundy, of Philadelphia 18-0-I, I0 KO's. This tough Philadelphia fighter likes New England. He's on a televised fight with previously unde- feated 18-0-I, 7 KO's Tyrese Hendrix. Now 18-1-1 with 7 KO's. Hendrix suffered his first loss to Hammerin Hank Lundy. They fought for the vacant NABO Title. Hank Lundy is a favorite in New England. Hank Lundy won this fight and remains undefeated. He fights for Jimmy Burchfield and CES. Hammerin Hank won by scores of 98-90, 100-88 and 99-88. He's the new NABO Champion and he's a talented fighter. This fight is on the undercard of the Tony "The Tiger" Thomp- son 34-2, 22 KO's victory over 29-5, 20 KO's Owen Beck. The Tiger won by way of a fourth round TKO. One of Tony Thompson's two losses came in a World Heavyweight Title fight with Wladimir Klitschko on July 12, 2008 in Germany. Is he working his way back for another World Title shot? IBF Super Middleweight Champion of the World Lucian Bute 26-0, 21 KO's is taking on Edison Miranda 33-5, 29 KO's. Then Bute takes him out in the third round. Miranda posed in this fight. He then quickly got Kayoed by an uppercut to the chin. A message to all boxers "Never pose, when fighting." "Pow!" Lucian Bute is a very good fighter who can hit. His victory was impressive. Bute is a very formidable fighter with talent. We've got some budding Super-middleweights in this area. Board- walk in Atlantic Cit Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik 36-1, 32 KO's is defending his Middleweight Title. He's fighting Sergio Martinez who's 44-2-2 with 24 KO's from Argentina. Both weigh 159 pounds. Sergio Martinez came on strong in the beginning of this fight. Kelly Pavlik won the middle rounds. Sergio Martinez then staged an- other rally and cut Pavlik. Martinez won the closing rounds. Announcer Michael Buffer now gives the decision: 115-111, 116-111, 115-112 to new Middleweight Champion of the World, Sergio Martinez of Argentina. Will they fight again? There's a rematch clause: "How did the cuts affect you?" Kelly Pavlik says. "I couldn't see." In Las Vegas Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield, won the World Boxing Federation Heavyweight Championship. He's got a 43-10-2, 27 KO record. Evander Holyfield is 47 years young. He defeated the 41-year- old 47-5-3, 28 KO's Frans "The White Buffalo" Botha by TKO in eight. Both came to fight. Congratulations Real Deal Holyfield. April 30 th on Showtime, former National Amateur Star Champion, undefeated Edwin Rodriquez of Worcester, Massachusetts fights. He's a very formidable fighter who appears to be a future title challenger as a "Super Middleweight." UPCOMING FIGHTS May 7 th, CES and Jimmy Burchfleld pre- sents "Spring Fever" at Twin Rivers in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Jason "Schoolboy" Plres 22-3-i, 9 KO's of New Bedford is back displaying his talent. Others displaying tal- ent: Vladine Biosse 5-0, 4 KO's; Keith Kozlin 4-0, 2 KO's; Cape Cods Jesse Barboza 3-0, 3 KO's of Barnstable; David Bauza 4-0, 3 KO's; Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes of Marshfield i-I, 1 KO and Ricky Dawson. Ricky is the brother of Bad Chad Dawson and fights in his professional debut, also Eddie Soto at 3-0, 2 KO's fights. Many O's in these fight- ers loss columns. Let's look for a good fight card. The Burchfield team matches fight- ers up with other talented fighters, able to Take away O's, from other fighters:" Undefeated Supermlddleweight Edwin Roderlquez ROBERT J. DeCRISTOFORO "OUR BOBBY D" Perhaps it was quite fitting that the calling hours for Bobby D were held literally across the street from the wide portals and tall spires of a church. But then, to know Bobby D was to know how much he felt inspired by his faith. Writing in his column early last December, after he had returned from seeing Boston University and Cornell Uni- versity play a college hockey game in New York City over the Thanksgiving weekend, Bobby described his week- end in the "Big City' by say- ing that going to Mass was his number one priority. One of the last times I saw Bobby D was in church on March 17 during the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass cel- ebrated by Cardinal Scan O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. It was an uplifting experience -- last- ing almost an hour and a quarter on a weekday. At the conclusion mem- bers of the congregation were given small pots of shamrocks to take back to home or office. Mine is still alive in my workplace, but sadly in those five short weeks Bobby D has been taken from us. Bobby was a community treasure. Reading over sev- eral of Bobby's columns after learning of his passing, it was evident that Bobby had a deep and abiding apprecia- tion for the North End and those who make their home or operate businesses in the neigh- borhood. His encyclopedic knowledge of the North End's greatest asset -- its people -- will be almost impossible to replace. So many aspects of journalism seem to have changed over the decades. Not only the technological -- which has undergone tre- mendous changes -- but also how many journalists relate to people. Far too many today seem to live for the opportunity to publicize the mistakes and shortcom- ings of others, when, if truth be told, their own lives would certainly be portrayed as less than perfect if held up to the same scrutiny. Bobby saw only the good- ness in people. That's what really came through in his columns -- the goodness of the people that live and con- duct their daily business in the North End as well as in Charlestown, where he worked as a teacher at Charlestown High School. As one who interacted quite a bit with youngsters, he once said: "God never made a bad kid." Maybe some took a wrong turn in life, but every- one started with a clean slate. And Bobby saw it as works,for l q.i00 part of his calling to make sure as many slates as pos- sible stayed that way. Three organizations that were close to Bobby's heart saw fit to pay tribute to him in the days following his passing. The Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox all honored him with a moment of silence as his photograph was displayed on the jumbotron. And yes, he was smiling. Lest one get the impres- sion that Bobby's devotion to the North End meant that he never travelled, nothing could be further from the truth. Every April Bobby cov- ered the Frozen Four college hockey championships no matter where they might be held. In just the last three years he witnessed some special moments -- all involving Boston teams. In 2008 Bos- ton College won the national championship. Last year was a special treat since he saw Boston University, a team that he covered on a regular basis, come from behind to defeat Miami of Ohio for the national title in Washington, D.C. Back on April 10, just over a week before he would pass on, he was in Detroit to witness Boston College claim its second national champi- onship in three years. I think there are at least a couple of things one might do to honor the memory of Bobby D. The In'st is to smile. That's the word he would al- ways choose to end his col- umn. Because when you smile, the world smiles with you. Another might be the next time you pass a place of wor- ship on a weekend to go in and experience what Bobby did. At the funeral home there were numerous pho- tos showing Bobby with a number of the famous ath- letes and politicians that he had met over the years while working at the Garden and at Fenway Park. Some might consider it remark- able, but Bobby did write that his number one priority was not working the games or meeting such famous and well-known individuals. His number one priority in life was going to Mass. So every time you cross the entrance to a church you'll be honor- ing the legacy of Bobby D. Although this is a time of sadness for those of us at the Post-Gazette- as it is for many in the North End -- we'll conclude with that one word that Bobby used to end each and every one of his columns -- because we know he would want us to do so. Not to just write the word but to have its expression cross our faces and brighten our day. Ready: one, two, three ... SMILE!