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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 8, 2012 Co R NER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. 2012 World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Live @ Twin Rivers UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos Defeats Frank Hir! Get Well Ring 4 Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Hemishlan Words from Boston City Councilor Calvin T. Brown Prayers for Paul Williams & RIP Johnny Tapla From the great Valenti Family is: A1 Valente, Skeets Scioli and Tinker Picot. Congratulations Great Hall of Fame induc- tions Class of 2012 in Canastota, New York. This World Boxing Hall of Fame inducted class includes Irish Micky Ward, Rip Valenti and Jake Kilrain. This is an awe inspiring class of inductees. All three of these great inductees have made world rec- ognized contributions to the sport of boxing. Rip Valenti of Boston is one of the greatest contributors to the great sport of boxing. When you talk boxing history, the name Rip Valenti is a must in conversation. Rip Valenti was born 1901. He began pro- moting in Boston in 1932. The next year he promoted over 40 shows. In 1934 he brought promotion to the Boston Garden. In 1946 he began partnership with Sam Silverman. In 1940 promoted a heavyweight title fight between Joe Louis and AI McCoy in Boston. He was an instrumental factor in the ca- reer of World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco, Sammy Fuller Junior Welter- weight Champion and World Title Contend- ers Tommy Collins and Joe DeNucci. Rip Valenti promoted many Marvelous Marvin Hagler bouts. Valenti Way is named in his honor, located near Canal Street where his office was located. At Twin Rivers Casino, a 10 bout pro fight card where, Vladine Biosse 13-1-1 defeated 26-3-2, 18 KO Joey Spina by scores of 78-74, 78-74 and 79-73. As a result, Vladine Biosse is still New England Super-middle- weight Champion. Biosse had decisioned Joey McCreedy on ESPN2 for the title in duly of 2010. Previously undefeated Thomas Falowo is now 6-1, after losing his first fight to still undefeated 5-0 Samual Clarkson via a 57-56, 55-58, 57-56 split decision. Falowo knocked down Clarkson in the first round in this hotly fought bout. Paul Gonsalves 4-2 of Harwich, battled in winning a wildly fought battle over Richard "Bobo the Bull" Starnino 9-8-2. In a fight where both fighters hit the canvas in round 3. Rich Gingras 1 1-3 battled Terrance Smith, Jr., 8-13-2 into the second round, when their fight was stopped due to a cut over the left eye of Gingras. This was the first loss for Gingras since 2009. Zack Ramsey I-0, i KO of Springfield won via 3 ra round KO in defeating 0-2 Alan Beeman. Three time Golden Glove Champion Zack Ramsey has quick hands, throws good combinations and power. Attributes displayed, showing why he's a three time champion. He stopped Alan Beeman in the third. Welcome to the pros Mr. Ramsey. Super-middleweight Kevin Cobbs 4-0 battled Kentrell Claiborne 2-6 in winning a hard fought 39-37, 39-37, 39-37 decision. Julio Garcia 5-3 of Puerto Rico trains out of Boston with World Heavy- weight Champion John Ruiz. Garcia won over 8-5 Joe Gardner 40-34, 39-35, 39-35. Alex Ampara 4-0 defeated Luis Felix in scoring a decision of 40-36, 40-36, 39-37. Shelito Vincent 3-0 convincingly defeated Carmen Cruz 0-1 via scores of 40-36, 40-36, 40-36. She's got talent. Mike Wilson 6-0 of Medford, Oregon defeated Joseph Rabotte 11-21-1 by a 40-36, 39-37, 38-38 decision. A good card. This was Medford, Oregon. Medford, .Massachusetts .has..Ixroduced many talented fighters. I guess there's something, to the name of Medford. They're tough. Canastota, New York for area Fight Family Fraternity Members; Inductions of Irish Micky Ward, Rip Valenti and Jake Kilrain. All highly-respected, World Player Positive ingredients into World Boxing history. All made significant differences in World Box- ing history. Rip Valenti is a name that has been significant and is associated with many of the greats in World Boxing history. Irish Micky Ward is co-participant in the "Fight of the 20 th Century!" Not "Fight of the Night" or "Fight of the Year." "Fight of the Century!" That's significant. Then there's Jake Kilrain, a World title chal- lenger in July 8, 1889 Bare Knuckle World Heavyweight title fight with Boston Strong Boy John L. Sullivan of Roxbury versus Jake Kilrain of Quincy, Massachusetts. The Boston area has significantly contrib- uted to World Boxing history over the years. Remember undisputed Welterweight World Champion Tony DeMarco who said, "The fight game treated him well." He put every- thing into every fight he fought. "You've al- ways got to think of winning. Thinking of winning is a good start in everything you do." He's undisputed Welterweight Cham- pion of the World. He's Tony DeMarco, the co-participant in the "Fight of the 20 th Cen- tury." When he fought Carmen Basilio in 1955. The same Carmen Basilio, who de- feated World Middleweight Champion and pound for pound greatest in Boxing history Sugar Ray Robinson. Tony DeMarco and Carmen Basilio fought the "Fight of the Century!" against each other, together in the ring. Both great fighters. They fought one another and brought the best out of one another. "Togetherl" Boston City Councilor Calvin T. Brown is a retired Boxing champion himself. Calvin says, "Boxing overall is a tough business, and Boxing has been tough the last few years." "But I believe that it is on the verge of coming back because of fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 2004 Olympic Champion Andre Ward, Interna- tional Fight stars Saul Alvarez of Mexico, Demetrius Andrade of Rhode Island, Edwin Rodriquez of Worcester and other top aspir- ing Fighters. "Get Well!" Long time Ring 4, Fight Fam- ily Member Steve Memishian who's recov- ering from recent surgery. Steve is a long time active member. Get well. Our Prayers go out to Ring 4 Hall of Fame member Steve Memishian. God Bless you and "Keep Punching!" Junior Dos Santos defeats Frank Mir and is still The UFC Heavyweight Champion. Former WBO Welterweight Champion Paul Williams 41-2, 27 KO's was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in Atlanta. Currently he is paralyzed from the waist down, due to the seriousness of this MVA. Thirty-year-old Williams defeated Nobuhiro Ishida in 12 rounds last February and is scheduled to face Saul Alvarez on September 15 th on P.P.V. Our prayers are with you. R.I.P. five time champion Johnny Tapia. At the age of 45. Tapia won five champion- ships in three weight divisions. The WBA Bantamweight, IBF and WBO Junior Ban- tamweight and the IBF Featherweight title. R.I.P. tough Johnny Tapia. I read, Johnny Tapia Requiem for a hometown champ. "I love you Grandma, Grandpa." "Albuquerque, I'm still your hometown champion." Canastota, New York, World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Freddie Roach throws out the first pitch before Los Angeles Dodgers versus Milwaukee Brewers game. Freddie Roach is currently training World Champion Manny Paquiao for his World title fight versus Timothy Bradley on June 9 th at the THE FIVE YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT -- Basketball is a game that features five players from a team on the court at any one time. Even casual Celtics fans can name the starting five and many can name the players that comprise the second unit. But there's a five that many fans haven't heard much about. They are at every game, home and away. Like the players on the roster, they have a seat on the bench -- some of the best in the house in fact. Theirs are right near Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. In addition, they travel to the road games on the team's plane. Who might they be, these mysterious men, of whom something is seen but noth- ing is heard? Bypassed by the fans, rarely mentioned in the media, literally out of the spotlight since it focuses on Rivers and the players, they toil in near anonymity despite the importance of their work. They are the assistant coaches of the Boston Cel- tics, who, if they had taken to the floor as a team years ago, might have been a fairly good one, thank you. But now that their playing days are over they have remained in the game -- and have been fortunate enough to continue in basketball with one of the game's greatest franchises. We'll give them some rec- ognition in this piece, hop- ing we start a trend and that they receive more as time goes by. ARMOND HILL is complet- ing his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Celtics, having been named to the position on July 1, 2004. Ardent basketball fans might have heard about Hill prior to his joining the Celtics' staff since he's a former NBA player who first played for Princeton and later served as the head coach of Columbia University in New York City. As both a player and coach for Ivy League schools, he made the annual trip to Cam- bridge to take on Harvard. He was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 1976 and was drafted ninth overall by the Atlanta Hawks that year. Hill went on to an eight year career in the NBA, playing six of them with the Hawks. His coaching career in- cludes a stop at Lawrenceville Prep in New Jersey where he won two Coach of the Year titles and the 1990 State Prep School Championship. He also served as an assistant at Princeton followed by eight years as head coach at Columbia before rejoining the NBA ranks as an assis- tant with the Hawks. KEVIN EASTMAN is in his seventh season as a Celtics assistant. Let's just say that the members of the Eastman family at one time had to keep their bags packed. A 1976 graduate of the Univer- sity of Richmond, he served as an assistant there for MGM.Grand in Las Vegas.on HBO ......... three seasons.before.moving. on to assistant positions at Colorado State and Virginia Commonwealth followed by a return to Richmond. His first head job came at Belmont Abbey College, followed by an assistant's position at Tulsa and head jobs at North Carolina- Wilmington and Washington State University. He's been with the Celtics for seven seasons -- which must seem like an eternity after all that moving around. MIKE LONGABARDI is in his fifth season on Cause- way Street. A graduate of Frostburg State University in Maryland, he also put in time on college coaching staffs, serving as an assis- tant at Pfeiffer University, Adelphi University, Lafay- ette College and Towson University. After those stops he moved into the NBA as an assistant coach/video coordinator for two seasons with the Hous- ton Rockets before the Celtics added him to the staff just in time for the 2007- 2008 NBA Championship season. TYRONN LUE is in his third season with Boston and his first as an assistant coach, having previously served as the Director of Basketball Development from 2009 to 2011. If the name sounds familiar that's because he was a member of the 2000 and 2001 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Cham- pionship teams. Drafted by the Denver Nuggets as the 23rd overall pick in the 1998 Draft, he went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA. Lue grew up in Missouri and played basket- ball at a football school -- the University of Nebraska -- where he scored 1,577 points in a three-year career. He averaged 21.2 points and 4.8 assists in his junior season -- good enough to earn him First Team All Big 12 honors as a Cornhuskers star. JAMIE YOUNG is perhaps the most underappreciated and perhaps the least known of the assistants. He has been with the Celtics for 11 seasons -- more than a decade -- but it is doubtful that no more than a handful of fans knew his name before this season. That's because prior to this year he toiled away as the Advance Scout for four seasons after six full years as the squad's video coordinator. Thus, the latest post- season run represents a cap- stone to his first year on the bench as an assistant coach. He played football and basket- ball at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL, graduating in 1998 with a degree in physi- cal education. Soon it was on to the NBA and a position with one of the most promi- nent franchises in sports. So there they are -- the Celtics five many have never heard about -- until now. Perhaps from now on, you'll see the coaching staff on the Celtics bench in a .whole new rand. different way.-