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Page 12 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 1,2012 CORNER TFII.K by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Words of Wisdom. The Chew - Evette Rios Visits Boston's North End Fighters Have to Eat Good Too. Some Ideas? "Dingl" cream pie, red flan- nel hash, lobster roll, shoestring fries and Pizza!" I'm getting hungry. Fighters have to eat well too. Some ideas to kick around. Pro- mote to the public. #1. There are many area fighters the public would like to see fighting each other. Budding ama- Joe DeNucci: "I was a kid and my father teurs and profes- Sandy DeNncci used to take me to the New- sionals. Last ton YMCA where he worked." Sandy DeNucci Names. "Biosse, and Louie Barisano both great trainers gave Bianchini, Lopes, Andrade, Amparo, boxing lessons at the YMCA in Newton. Joe Beatty, Bishop, Clampitt, Constantino, DeNucci turned professional at 17 years of Cabrera, Crowley, Cobbs, Curto, age while still in high school and saw Tony Cockerham, Connors, Cabrera, DuLuc, DeMarco as his idol. Joe DeNucci trained Doherty, Duda, Dawson, DeGrandis, later in his career at the New Garden Gym DeLuca, Downey, Ecklund, Figueroa, in Boston's North End, Trained by Sammy Estrada, Farina, Flamos, Fiorentino, Fuller and managed by Rip Valenti. Many Kennedy, Long, Gray, Gonsalves, Gardner, great fighters he remembers at the New Garcia, Gingras, Barbosa, Kielczewski, Garden Gym. Paul Pender, Pineapple Lessieur, LaFlamme, McAloney, Medina, Stevenson, Tom McNeeley, amongst many Mullen, Murray, Montella, Murrin, Moy, others. Mofford, McCreedy, Navien, Ortiz, O'Brien, Tony DeMarco: "The fight game treated O'Connor, Pires, Powers, Rhubelashuiz, him well. You put everything into every fight Rivera, Rosa, Spina, Soto, Spinelli, you fight." "You've always got to think of win- Silveira, Falowo, Reinhold, Rodriquez, ning." "Thinking of winning is a good start Reiss, Traietti, Vendetti, Vazquez, Wabrik, in everything you do." "That's how it is in Walsh, versus many other good opponents. boxing." #2. X-treme Boxer versus Martial Artist. Bob Benoit: "I wish we could return to the #3. Team Boxing; Teams from Boston, original eight divisions with one champion Dorchester, Brockton, Lynn, Lowell, Cape for each division." More isn't always better. Cod, Chelsea, Hyannis, Hyde Park, South George Maddox: "I don't think boxing is Boston, North End Boston, Chelmsford, what it used to be. They're not into it as Cambridge, Oakham, Brighton, Quincy, much as they used to be in the old days. Somerville, Newton, Brookline, Braintree When we fought, we weren't afraid to fight Wollaston, Belmont, Rockland, Worcester anyone." Some of the champions and fight- Milton, New Bedford, Fall River, Malden ers of today, still train hard. George wishes Salem, Jamaica Plain, Marshfield everyone the best. Billerica, Framingham, East Boston Vinny Marino: "Boxing is one of the few Pittsfield, Dedham, Medford, Sherborn sports that's worldwide. Less than a dozen Taunton, Leominster and many other cit- people are controlling the whole sport. There ies and towns I haven't named in Massa- should be a worldwide commission. There chusetts and Rhode Island, Maine, Connecti- is no one there to protect the fighter." cut, New Hampshire and Vermont. #4. Find Words of wisdom to remember and think out date of births of Fight Family Members. about. Have group birthday parties at fights. Dis- I read in Fightnews CueUar: Oliveira will count tickets to individuals in attendance KO "Popo" to honor fight Family Member at birthday Highly respected Boxing trainer Orlando party. Recognize individuals during breaks between fights and intermission. Cuellar predicts knockout victory for his fighter, undefeated prospect Michael "The State Police Boxing Team will present another action packed boxing show on Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira 17-0, 12 KO's in his June 2 versus Brazilian living legend June 14, 2012, at the Sturbridge Host four times world champion Arcelino "Popo" Hotel, Route 20, Sturbridge, MA at 7:30 pro, Freitas 38-2, 32 KO's in Uruguay. That "Come on down!" Tickets will be avail- sounds like an interesting match. Oliveira able at the door. Plenty of free parking avail- vs. Freitas. Or call it Freitas vs. Oliveira. able. Competing will be the NYPD, Denver Something about that bout makes me think, Police, Mass State Police and Dept. of Corrections. and kind of flashback to No .... Not again!!! 'Hmm? I'll figure it out someday. "Ding!" Devlin Duffers Golf Tournament honor- "Ding!" "Ding!" ing Joe Devlin Tuesday, August 21, 2012 I'm watching "The Chew" - Evette Rios at Wentworth Hills Golf Course, Plainville, visits Boston's North End. Chef Carla Hall MA. Call Jimmy Devlin at 508-962-9740, or at www.devlinduffers.com. RSVP by June shares a Boston inspired dessert. This was a good show on Tuesday, May 22 nd that took 29, 2012 as a player or as a sponsor. place in Boston's North End. I enjoyed this Reminder: Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet show. Expressed were area unique com- 2013, will be held on April 7, 2013 at Florian ments. "Pahk ya cah." "Pakey." "Bubbla" and Hall, Dorchester. area great meals were shared. "Fried clams, clam bakes, three layer Boston Here some interesting items about the Miami Heat as the Celtics continue to play them in the Eastern Conference Finals: ERIK SPOELSTRA -- The Miami head coach was born in the Philippines but raised in Portland, Oregon. After a standout career at Jesuit High School in that city he went on to play the starting point guard position at the University of Portland for all four years, graduating with a degree in communications in 1992. Spoelstra can be consid- ered a "company man" since he is in his fourth season as head coach of the Heat and in his 17 th as a member of the organization. He was named the head coach on April 28, 2008. But for his first 13 years with the fran- chise he held a variety of duties. Hired initially as a video coordinator, he later added titles such as assis- tant coach, advance scout and director of scouting. For seven seasons his primary role was developing game plans for upcoming contests. In addition, he served as the head coach of the Heat's summer league team for three seasons. And he's still known for his long hours on the job, often pulling all- nighters to prepare game plans. We are seeing a lot of him right now and while he may seem young, he is actually in his early 40s -- with all that experience of being with the same franchise to guide him. So when anyone says he looks too young, know that appearances can be deceiving. LeBRON JAMES -- Would you believe that he actually played another sport in high school? He did. And he was actually good enough to be an All-State selection. The sport was football and he played it right through his junior year, only foregoing his senior season on the gridiron to con- centrate on basketball. Could he have played college foot- ball or made an NFL team? Who knows? But he was cho- sen as a First Team All State (Ohio) player in sophomore year -- as a wide receiver. In addition, he did lead his high school hoops team to three state championships and was named the 2003 National High School Player of the Year, a capstone award after being selected as Ohio's Mr. Basketball for three years in a row, He actually made his pro debut in Boston that summer. Remember Shaw's Summer League? The Cleve- land Cavaliers entered a team with James on the roster. His first pro practice for that team was at the Suffolk University gymna- sium on Cambridge Street, directly across from the Old West Church. The summer league games were played at UMass-Boston. And although it doesn't seem that long ago, he really is a veteran now. It's his ninth season in the league and his second with Miami after leaving Cleveland. He's participating in the playoffs for the seventh time. Oh, and you know that there has to be something about him that doesn't quite measure up, especially with sports fans in New England. He is (present tense) a fan of the New York Yankees. In football he likes the Dallas Cowboys. His middle name is Raymone and he wears a size 16 sneaker to go with his 6-8 height. DWAYNE WADE went to Marquette, the same school that Celtics coach Doc Rivers attended. Wade was a broad- casting major, a choice that may lead to additional oppor- tunities once his playing days have ended. Marquette, located in Milwaukee, may have been a logical choice for the 6-4 guard, given that his hometown is in Robins, Illinois -- the state just to the south of Wisconsin. He pres- ently hosts a free camp for 600 children in his home- town every summer. While dames is still look- ing for his first NBA title, Wade already has one since he was a member of the Heat's NBA title team back in 2006, a club that also fea- tured former Celtic Antoine Walker on the squad. He also provided financial assis- tance for the renovation of his high school basketball facility. The newly refur- bished D. Wade Court in- cludes a new scoreboard, sound system projection screen, bleachers and bas- ketball flooring. In his spare time he en- joys collecting shoes. But we wonder where do you go to collect them when you wear size 15? Not to any stores we frequent. His middle name is Tyrone. JUWAN HOWARD has earned our congratulations. It has been some time now but back on April 29, 1995 he became the first NBA player to leave school early and still graduate On time. He's an alumnus of the University of Michigan with a degree in general studies. To get to the arena the 6-8 forward has his choice of two Ferrari automobiles. One is an F430 that is white with a black top while the other is a black 599. But his most prized possession is his boat -- carrying the name Fab 5. A native of Chicago, he is a fan of the Bears and the Cubs. He has indicated that after his playing career has concluded he would like to stay in the game via a front office position. So, although Howard's career is winding down (it is his 18 th season in the NBA but only his sec- ond with the Heat), there's a good chance we'll be seeing him in NBA arenas one way or another for quite some time. This spring marks his seventh appearance in the playoffs over the course of that long career. By the way, his middle name is Antonio. Enjoy the remainder of the playoffs.