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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MAY 25, 2012 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. X-treme Boxer vs. Black Belt "Battle of the Badges 41" in the Future, We Have? Photos by Emily Harney Fighter of Night: Josh DeLaRosa (MCOFU) Fight of the Night: Jamall Spence (NYPD) vs. Jarrod Lussier (Fairhaven PD) I have a perfect match. Myself vs. John Costa. He owns Costa's Karate School in New Bedford. I believe we are the same age 39? ... I think this would be a good match. Let's have this match and donate the pro- ceeds to the winner's choice of institution. I am sure that after I defeat him, that I will get many more challenges. Stand in line. In order for me to face anyone else, he will have to face me first. My style X-treme Box- ing. Boxing is: jabbing, punching and block- ing punches. Hmm? I demonstrated a little of my style in his school on a kind of a hit- ting bag? You've been schooled in what I am capable of and not capable of. Let's have a Match between us two. Proceeds can be do- nated to the "Winners Choice of Institu- tion!" We can raise some money and help someone. I'm all for it. Battle of the Badges 4, FDNY vs. N.E. Law Enforcement. Congratulations fight family members; special guest, The Fame and Fury of Fleet Street, Pride of Boston and Undis- puted Welterweight Champion of the World Tony DeMarco, World Middleweight Cham- pion Vito Antuofermo, New England Patriot three time Super Bowl Champion Joe Andruzzi and World title contender, chal- lenger and North American Champion Tony Petronelli, "The Quietman." Who spoke loudly with his fist, as-World Heavyweight Champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz, Star of Movie, T.V. and Comedy Lenny Clark, and James Massone of the VOICE. All contrib- uted to making this a memorable great Fight show. Great Trainer of World Cham- pion Chad Dawson and World Class Fighter himself, John "The Iceman" Scully. Host Denis Marrese is to be congratulated for all he does for so many. The results of this en- tertaining Fight Card; Victors name given first; Super-Heavyweight; AI Crdovich (FDNY) vs. Marc Coguen (MCOFU), Richie Duest (MCOFU) vs. Timothy McGuinness (FDNY), Matt Kenoe (NYAC) vs. Brian Schwenk, Sr. (MCOFU), Heavy-weight; Gra- ham Trout (MCOFU) vs. James Ling (NYAC), Light Heavyweights; Tommy Beaulieu (MCOFU) vs. Ryan Norman (FDNY), Jack Kirrane (FDNY) vs. Dean Hardy (MCOFU), Joe Schiraldo (FDNY) vs. Erik Cabral (MCOFU), Mike Campbell (MCOFU) vs. Paul Melocowsky (Hartford FD), Josh DeLaRosa (MCOFU) vs. Dean Lucier (FDNY) Middle- weights; Kelvin Barry (FDNY) vs. Marc Tigino (MCOFU), Todd Velton (FDNY) vs. Sportsman of Night: Matt Kehoe (NYAC) Mike Douglas (MCOFU) and Jamall Spence (NYPD) vs. Jarrod Lussier (Fairhaven F.D.). Female Lightweight; J.J. Ignotz vs. Ashleigh Moore (MCOFU). All are to be congratulated. All are winners in help- ing to raise money for "Work Vessels for Veterans." Denis Marrese congratulations for all you do. Voted as, Fight of the Night: Jamall Spence (NYPD) vs. Jarrod Lussier (Fairhaven FD). Most Outstanding Fighter: Josh DeLaRosa (MCOFU) and Sportsman of the Night: Matt Kehoe (NYAC). Champion Peter Fuller R.I.P .... I will do a biography on the great memorable accom- plishments of Peter Fuller soon. 1949 Golden Glove Champions: i12 lb. Dave Harding, 118 lb. Armand Prince (i), 126 lb. Wilfred Picol, 135 lb. Tony Martin, 147 lb. Norman Hayes, 160 lb. John Gibson, 175 lb. Paul Cook md Heavyweight Peter Fuller. (1) later fourd to be Pro Real name Clement Bolduc. Fight Family Prayers and Condolences to Peter Fuller and to World Champion Eddie Perkins and their families. Eddie Perkins was World Champion in an era of Warriors. He won the World title on March 22, 1974 from Armando Muniz. In his record 74-20- 2, 21 KO's are many of the great fighters of his era. Nicolino locche, Kenny Lane, Larry Boardman, :ose Napoles, Adolph Pruitt, Dino Del Cid, Clyde Gray, Bunny Grant and many other tough fighters of his era. All mentioned played significant roles in the world of Boxirg. The May 5 th World title Fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Floyd Mayweather and Miuel Cotto both fought to win. Congratuhtions to both Floyd Mayweather and Mituel Cotto. Both apolo- gized and made amends for their comments prior to the fight in interviews of the Past. The decision in Victory was earned by Floyd Mayweather. Floyd demonstrated again tal- ent in his victory and class, in his commu- nication with others. Happy Belated Birthday to Scott Ploof May 15 th. Happy Birthday "Fight Family Fraternityl" and Happy Birthday to Lenny Corrente whose birthday is May 27 th. UPCOMING "EVENTS & FIGHTS:" May 26 th England on EPIX Lucian Bute vs. Carl Froch IBF Super-middleweights. On Showtime Antonio Tarver vs. Latefe Kayode cruiserweights and Winky Wright vs. Peter QuilIin. Middleweights. MONTH OF JUNE 1 "t from Pennsylvania NBC Sports Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio super-lightweight. 9 th from Las Vegas on P.P.V. Manny Paquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. WBO Welterweights. 14 th State Police Boxing Team does Battle. 16 th from New Jersey on NBC Sports Tomasz Adamek vs. Eddie Chambers Heavyweight. 16 th HBO from Texas Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Andy Lee WBC Middleweights. August 21 "t Joe Devlin Memorial Golf Tournament. More on this tournament will follow in future articles. April 7, 2013, Ring 4 Hall of Fame Ban- quet at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. He came from the middle of America, was involved in one of the most controversial conclusions to a basketball game in history, went on to a stellar career in the NBA and coached who many con- sider to be the best player ever to play the game. Step right up and meet one Paul Douglas Collins, who during the Celtics-76ers series graced the interview area with his presence that still retains just a hint of that farm boy smile from his grow- ing up years on the family spread located on the fiat-as- the-floor landscape that is rural Illinois. But destiny had something more in mind for Doug Collins than working in the heart of America's breadbasket. It would be to the limelight of America's largest cities that he would proceed with his skills as a basketball player paving the way that would transport him there. Being 6-6 helped, of course. After a fine high school career at Benton High School in Illinois it was on to Illinois State University where he played from 1969 to 1973. Or perhaps we should say made such an indelible impression -- a consensus All-Ameriea first team selection his senior year -- that he was chosen as the No. 1 pick overall in the 1973 NBA Draft by (who else) the Philadelph!a 76ers. But perhaps the most re- membered moment of his college years wouldn't occur on campus but on the court at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. The U.S. had never been defeated in the history of the Olympic basketball competition and it looked as if things were going to stay that way. Especially after Collins hit two. free throws to give Team USA a 50-49 lead over the arch-rival squad from the Soviet Union with hardly any time left in the Gold Medal game. But then the officials ordered that three seconds be put back on the clock and restarted the game two additional times. The Soviets made the most of that opportunity, scoring a final basket to emerge vic- torious by a 51-50 count. To this day the closing seconds of that game remain the most controversial in the long history of the game. In contrast to that setback, the pro career of Collins was a fine one. Playing all of his eight seasons in the league with Philadelphia, Collins would become a four-time NBA All-Star over the span from 1976 to 1979. The 76ers got the opportu- nity to select Collins first by finishing the 1972-1973 sea- son with a 9-73 record, the worst in NBA history. By his fourth year with the team, Philadelphia made the 1977 NBA Finals as Collins averaged 22.4 points per game. And yes, he did have a little help. Dr. J -- Julius Irving -- led the team with a 27.3 average. What's amazing about that kind of point production was that it occurred in a dif- ferent era than today -- there wasn't the three point shot. Limited to just regular two point attempts, Collins still managed to score 7,427 points in 415 NBA games as he averaged 17.9 points a contest while hauling down 1,339 rebounds and dishing off for 1,368 assists. Just as former Celtics player (and later coach) Chris Ford is known for mak- ing the first three-point shot in NBA history, Collins may be known for taking only one. He retired during the 1980-1981 season, the first year the league had the three-pointer. Playing in only 12 games (because of a previous injury) in what turned out to be his final season, Collins did manage to launch a single three- point attempt toward the hoop. It missed and there's your trivia topic concerning Doug Collins. Coaching called Collins al- most immediately as he was on the staff at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a stint at Arizona State. From there it was on to the ranks of NBA mentors. His.first job in the NBA? How about head coach of a Chicago Bulls team that fea- tured a couple of guys named Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He wouldn't win a title with them. This was the 1980s and all those glory years with Phil Jackson would come in the future. Later Collins would move on to coach the Detroit Pis- tons for three seasons in the 1990s before being reunited with Jordan when he coached the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2001-2002 and 2002-2003). Collins, of course, also be- came widely known as a successful TV analyst and that's how he made the Bas- ketball Hall of Fame -- be- ing inducted into its media wing in 2009. But the lure of coaching proved too strong and so it was that on May 21, 2010 Doug Collins was an- nounced as the 23 rd head coach in the history of the 76ers franchise. In his first season in Philadelphia he finished with a .500 regular season mark, a 14-win im- provement over the prior year. Then last month the 76ers wound up with a 35- 31 record and made the play- offs for the second year in a row. It was just the second season in franchise history that the team was able to record its 20 t" win in its first 30 games. At age 58, Collins has quite a few years left on the NBA scene -- if he wants it that way. And whether he's call- ing the plays while sitting on the bench or sitting in front of a monitor with a micro- phone in hand, you know that Doug Collins is one happy man as evidenced by that wide smile, one that indi- cates that he's doing what he loves -- being involved in the game of basketball.