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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 10, 2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. The "Real Rocky" is to be honored in Brockton with a "Rocky Statue." I've been made aware of this by the Chairman of the Rocky Marciano Statue Committee Larry Siskind, and Charlie Tartaglia of George's Cafe in Brockton. Discussion of this great event, making it official will take place in Brockton June 13th-14 th. On the 13 th discussion will be at the renowned George's Cafe Brockton, in atten- dance will be WBC World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman, along with three World Champions. This event will take place on the 13 th, at 6:00 pm at George's Cafe. Then on the 14 th a bus tour of Brockton, will be given. I am here in Brockton now, at George's Cafe, with Iron Mike Pusateri, Tommy Martini, Charlie Tartaglia, Larry Siskind, and Pit Perron. We'll see you in Brockton on June 13  and 144. reads. Team Adamek speaks. "You don't win anything looking and speaking tough." Team Adamek is a team to not be underestimated. He's quick, and has great boxing ability. A quick shorter fighter can cause problems, for a bigger slower fraction of a second fighter. Move in quickly un- leash a barrage of punches and move out at an angle. I agree with Team Adamek, that he has the ability to win. Klitschkb poses a problem because of his Boxing ability and agility as a big man. No truer words could have been spoken. You don't win anything looking and speaking tough. Real fighters have a certain Bravado about themselves. When I say real fighters, I mean real fighters. Those in the Ring, in the Cage and in Life. There is a common characteristic amongst real fighters. Those that" chose to fight in Boxing and the MMA. Students that push themself to under- stand, and achieve making their lives better, for the Future, and now. Leaving sometimes not proud past behind, and looking to their future. The person that re- fuses to allow themselves to be bullied, and stands up to adversity. The parent that fights to make ends meet. The athlete who gives a sec- ond effort, and gains two extra yards. You know? Not the Big Mouth, that opens their big mouth, one too many times. Ding: 236 lb. Chris Areola 32-2, 28 KO's fought 22-14-2, 230 lb. Kendrick Releford on May 27 . What do you think about the new Chris Arreola? Bril- liant fight analyzer Teddy Atlas commented on this fight. In the second round he said, Arreola did a little Micky Ward. Great analyzing Teddy Atlas. I too see that Chris Arreola has improved on hand speed, defense, and endurance. He stopped tough foe from a fighting family Kendrick Releford, in the 7 th round. A very good fight both made competitive. Chris World Heavyweight Cham- pion great Rocky Marciano, to be honored in Brockton June 13-14. Arreola has won four fights since his last loss. Four op- ponents, with a combined record of 94-28-2. Do you see a Tomasz Adamek versus Chris Arreola rematch in the fu- ture? Maybe for a title? Let's talk "Fight Family Factors; light-middleweight Bobby Townsand Brockton. He fought as it reads exclu- sively tn+ Taunton. He did well. It does not include his amateur background in what I am reading. Andre McCoy of New Bedford; Andre was a great fighter. A gentleman, with capabilities of going very far in boxing. He possi- bly could have been an Olym- pic Champion, or a Champion in the Pros. He was trained by great Old School trainer Bucky Vincent, at the Boys Club in New Bedford. Andre McCoy I think the world of. A good young man, loaded with talent. He comes from a very athletic family. His brother was a top football player. Andre McCoy died in a plane crash, ,while in route to Poland, representing the United States in an Interna- tional meet. He is very much missed. His funeral was at- tended by ma.ny. God Bless you Andre McCoy, you will always be a Champion of the People. You will never be for- gotten. Now in that Golden Ring in Heaven, refereed by God. R.I.P. Johnny Gag Medford; Johnny Gag is a great promoter. I fought on his fight cards a number of times. Boston, Revere, Lowell, Cape Cod, Maine, etc.. Johnny is fair, and loyal. He treats his fighters well. He knows his Boxing. He ran many great fight cards with top fighters; Vinnie Curto vs. Benny Briscoe, Gentlemen Jim McNaUy, Manny Freitas, Dominic DiMarzo, Mark Manero, Paul Osborne, Ben Sanchez, Paul Christie, amongst many other top fighters. Gabe LaMarca of Abington had 29 professional fights against top opposition; Gene Herrick, Ricky Nelson, Undefeated Renaldo Victoria, 97 fight Beau Jaynes, World Champion great Ismael La- guna in Pennsylvania, Jack Tillman in New Orleans. He fought in many great loca- tions, and represented Box- ing well. Tom McNeeley Arlington. A great fighter and great individual from a great Family of Fighters. His father Tom McNeeley Sr. was a member of the 1928 U.S. Olympic Boxing team. He made his debut on the very first fight card at the Boston Garden in 1928. Tom Sr. had 30 professional fights. World title challenger Tom McNeeley Jr. excelled at foot- ball in High school. As an All- American received 85 schol- arships. He chose Michigan State, with his brother Brian. Michigan State also offered Boxing. He turned pro in 1958. Was 23-0 with wins over George Logan and Willi Besmanoff, which lead to his World title fight with World Champion Floyd Paterson. Then came third generation fighter Hurricane Peter McNeeley, who made a great name for himself in boxing too. The Fighting McNeeley Family, a "Fight Family Dynasty." reads, "Fighters visit Wilfred Benitez. Team Puerto Rico visited the home of three time world champion Wilfred "The Radar" Benitez and awarded him the rank Hon- orary Captain of the profes- sional Boxing team. They also made a donation to his care of $2000. It also reads; Philly to honor Hopkins. Join Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the Rocky statue located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art ... June 1 as the city honors newly crowned WBC light heavy- weight world champion Ber- nard Hopkins ... Let's say our fight family prayers for Terri Nelson, the lady-friend of Jimmy Connors a longtime dedicated member of Ring 4. She's recovering from recent surgery well. Many are probably wonder- ing, if I am suffering from taking too many punches, or some other psychological fac- tor. Neither, is the reason. I grew up observing fights on television with parents, and other adults as a child. "In the street too!" Then I had the opportunity to participate in the great sport of Fight- ing from 1966-1984. I did okay in Boxing. I did better as an Amateur 3 rounder. I broke out about even as a professional. Through boxing I have met many of the great- est people in the world. I have lost. and participated in many bouts. Meeting some of the greatest people in the World. Thank you all for what you have added to my life. All opponents who I have participated in bouts with, have been fought under Equal Opportunities. I win, or they win. Who is ever the best the night of the fight. "Won." That is why I love Boxing/Fighting. "Real Equal Opportunity." To me, any fighter, who climbs into a ring is tough, and deserving of credit. I lost too many fighters in my career. Amateurs and Professionals; Danny Long, Jim McNally, Manny Freitas, Vito Antuofermo, Wilbur Cameron, Steve Dural, Mike Baker, Lawrence Hafey, Rocky Fratto, Bob Stewart, Jesse Bender, John Capobianco. He is a man of multiple experience. And although connections, he is. And experience isn't the equal- there he was in the media izer, experience can make interview area at the a big difference. Even Stanley Cup Finals at the though you may have lost a Garden prior to Game 3. step you can think your way We speak, of course, of around the rink as well." Mark Messier, who. has Messier says as players somewhat of a triple affilia- age they can still getby on tion when it comes to being their wits and their will to a former opponent of the compete. "There's a lot of Bruins. ways to skin a cat in this MeSsier, you see, played game and he's showing us for the Edmonton Oilers way his smarts. He's always been back when they defeated the a very smart hockey player. Bruins not once bfit twice in He's always been a very corn- the Stanley Cup Finals -- in petitive hockey player. He's 1988 and 1990. always played in the tough He later moved on to the areas of the rink. Because New York Rangers, an of that I think that's holding Original Six rival of the B's, him in good stead now even where he led the Blues- in these finals. You see him hirts to their first Stanley battling for every inch of the Cup Championship in de- ice. Like I say, for a contem- cades back in 1994 -- over porary still going at it it's Vancouver -- in an epic nice to see him." seven-game series no less. For himself, Messier is at- Then three years later he tempting to ascertain the joined the Vancouver team, best way for him" to stay in playing on Canada's West the game while serving as a Coast from 1997-2000 before special advisor to New York returning to the Rangers for Rangers President and Gen- his final four seasons, eral Manager Glen Sather. The man who broke so "I entered the position I many hockey hearts for am in right now to try to gain both Boston and Vancouver as much experience in as as an opponent will now see many different areas of the one of those franchises con- game, to learn as much as I clude its season with a can about the many differ- memorable win. For which- ent aspects of the manage- ever team claims the Cup ment side," said Messier will end years of frustration, who first came to the Rang- Vancouver, a team that first ers as a player at the start took to the ice in 1970, has of the 1991-1992 season and never won the Cup while the proceeded to amass 107 Bruins last accomplished points while playing center. the feat in 1972. And while He added that he has many players would treasure also spent some time coach- a Cup as perhaps a once- ing over the past couple of in-a-career- experience, re- years, a little bit with Team member that Messier is a Canada in tournaments six-time Stanley Cup cham- overseas last fall "and also pion and was named an NHL some midget kids with my All-Star 16 times over the nephews." course of his long 25-year Messier, who turned 50 career, when he retired, he this past January 18, retired was the last active player at the end of the 2003-2004 who had played in the old season with 1,887 regular World Hockey Association season points and 295 play- and the last player from the off points. When he left the 1970s to still be playing in ice he bid farewell as the last the pros. active player to have seen And even though he's been action in the old World retired from the game since Hockey Association and as 2004, he still enjoys watch- the last player to have played ing one of his contemporar- in the pros during the 1970s. ies take to the ice. Seven years later he That would be B's forward readily admits that he's still Mark Recchi, who at the age in the learning phase as he of 43 has been a positive turns over a new chapter in factor for the Bruins in the his life. Stanley Cup this spring. "Basically, I'm just trying After all, who could better to gather as much informa- identify with the challenges tion as I can right now. I also of a long career in such a think it's important, going physical sport than Messier? through the process to get "It's nice to see a contem- an understanding about porary in there still battling what I really like about the with these young guys," said management side -- where Messier from the podium, I really feel comfortable, how still looking neat and trim ! can help the most and what enough to perhaps still play my real expertise is. The the game, But no, he says last few years have given me because he says he doesn't a real good glimpse into that have young legs and "I know -- the requirements, the firsthand, that it's a young expectations and the day-to- man's game. I wish my legs day operations of a team. were 10 years younger." Where that will take me I He continued: "For him don't know right now. I know (Recchi) to be doing what that I've learned a lot Over he's doing at his age is re- the last couple of years and markable actually consider- it's exciting to be part of a ing the speed of the game. team that's trying to build But I think what he has is toward winning a Cup."