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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 17, 2011 CORNER ALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. WORLD BOXING HALL OF FAME CANASTOTA, N.Y. 2011 Grand Marshals "The Fighter" Irish Micky Ward and Dickie Eklund Leads Inductees: Ignacio Nacho Beristain, Julio Cesar Chavez, St., Joe Cortez, Sylvester Stallone, Kostya Tszyu and Iron Mike Tyson into the Hall of Fame We're at the World Boxing Hall of Fame, in Canastota New York. "The Fighter." Subjects Irish Micky Ward and Dickie Eklund. Both great fighters from Fight City Lowell are Grand Mar- shals of an all-star lineup of stars. This year's parade of Champions is set for June 12th. A parade that leads to Irish Micky Ward the grounds for Hall of Fame Dickie Eklund Inductions of; Three division champion Julio Cesar Chavez Mexico, Jr. welter- weight champion Kostya Tszyu Russia/Australia, World Heavyweight cham- pion Iron Mike Tyson USA, trainer Ignacio Nacho Beristain Mexico, Referee Joe Cortez USA and screen- writer Sylvester Stallone of "Rocky" (USA). Iron Mike Tyson Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone scheduled to occur in Las Vegas for the World WBC welterweight title held by the 29-2-2, 22 KO Champion Victor Ortiz. He won his title from Andre Berto, via Floyd 12 round decisions on Mayweather April 16, 2011. He won a very good competitive match. Vicious Vic- tor Ortiz appears to be a hungry fighter. Will FLOYD MAYWEATHER TO FIGHT VICIOUS VICTOR ORTIZ Floyd Mayweather this pose a problem for and Vicious Victor the not often fought Ortiz to fight Septem-Floyd Mayweather? ber 17th This bout is Floyd Mayweather last fought on 5/01/10 when he defeated 46- 7-1, 39 KO Shane Mosley. Before that, he last fought on 9/19/09 versus Juan Marquez who he defeated by unanimous 12 round Victor decision. Before that Ortiz he had defeated Ricky Hatton on 12/8/07. Is that too little fighting to remain sharp? JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR., Two undefeated fighters matched up. One's "0" had to go. The now 43-0-1, 30 KO Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defeated now 30-1, 10 KO Sebastian Zbik 30-1, 10 KO's, reliev- ing him of his World Middleweight title and his "O". Sebastian Zbik gave a good DEFEATS SEBASTIAN ZBIK account of himself. The father of World Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., World Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. is to be inducted into the prestigious Canastota, New York World Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend. UFC FAVORITE CLAY GUIDA DEFEATS ANTHONY PETTIS AS CHUCK O'NEIL FIGHTS One of my favorite MMA Fighters is Clay Guida. He just won his fourth match in a row. He defeated tough Anthony Pettis. The last loss on the record of Clay Guida was to SAVE TH E DATE North End Athletic Association ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT to Benefit the North End Athletic Association MONDAY, AUGUST 1,2011 7:30 a.m. SHOT GUN start ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB Canterbury Street, Andover, MA More than 144 golfers participate in this sold-out tournament annually. It is impor- tant that you save the date and plan on join- ing us on Monday, August 1st. golf, lunch and raffle prizes... Money raised from this tournament allows the North End Athletic Association to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to the existing program. The North End Athletic Association is a 50-year-old organizationi which provides athletic, social, educational and civic activities within the community and the City of Boston. For further information, please contact Louie Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410 Kenny Florian of Westwood Massachusetts. These guys are tough too. I'd also like to give compliments to Chuck "Cold-steel "O'Neil of Rockland. That's the town where Jimmy Farrell is from. Jimmy Farrell is a great mind in Boxing. Chuck O'Neil had a fine fight with Tony Ferguson in his Ulti- mate Fight Battle. Compliments to Freddie Roach. You are one of the foremost trainers on this good planet earth. All I ever hear is great things spoken of you and your family. You are a "Sa- vant of Boxing." A great mind from a great area, that has produced some of the greatest minds in Professional Boxing History; A1 Clemente, Allie Colombo, Johnny Dunn, Jimmy Farrell, Sammy Fuller, A1 Lacy, Goody Petronelli, A1 Pinel, Freddie Roach, Babe Wood; These are some of the many great trainers we've had from Massachu- setts. If you have any other names that you believe belong in this list, please let me know. HAPPY BIRTHDAYS! Fight Family Happy Birthdays June; 6~ Mark DeLuca Sr., 8th Jimbo Amato, Randy Luongo, Paul Cardoza, 10th Rich Torsney, 11th Hank Tuohy, 12th Austin Killeen, Christy Martin. 204 World Champion Paul Pender RIP, 21st Jack Monroe, 23rd Iron Mike Pusateri, Lou Bogash, July ist RIP Charles Skeets Scioli, 2"d Ed Casey and RiP Francesco "Kid" Fratalia, 8th Jaime Clampitt, 9m Vinny Marino, 13~ RIP George Kreger Sr., 24th Tony Petronelli 17th Pro- moter Jimmy Burchfield, 25th RIP World Champion Sandy Saddler, 29th Mickey Dwyer, 30~ Referee Dick Flaherty .... HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss It will always be a season to remember. As long as one lives the 2010-2011 Boston Bruins will be recalled as a team that defied the odds, captured the imagination and uplifted the spirit of an entire region. For truth be told, these Bru- ins will go down in history as memorable--exceeding all expectations over the course of the two-month spring playoff season. They played 25 playoff games--the most in their his- tory as their coach Claude Julien became the most suc- cessful coach in Bruins play- off history with at least 32 career playoff victories, going past former B's coach Don Cherry who had 31. One of the aspects that we like about winter sports teams is that their seasons are an athletic parallel to the academic year, brand new in the fall, reaching a midpoint at about the start of the second semester and coming to a final conclusion in the spring. And thus it was for this group of Bruins. It was the middle of September when the entire team--both veter- ans and rookies--gathered for the first time. Nine months later (yes, that's right--nine months later) they would be playing on June 15 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. And the player who was most responsible for getting them there--goalie Tim Thomas--was living one of his dreams. In the Boston Bruins 2010-2011 Guide & Record Book, which came out in October, Thomas listed several athletic events he would like to attend. One was the Stanley Cup Final. Well, he and the rest of the Bruins not only made it, they got to experience it in its most extended form--all seven games. The man that would attract the most attention of Bruins Nation this year was born on April 15, 1974 in Michigan. As a high school player he par- ticipated in one of the longest hockey games in history at any level--a six-overtime play- off endurance test in March, 1991. If you're counting, that means the game ended in the ninth period. From there it was on to the University of Vermont where Thomas played four years-- no leaving early for the pros as some do today--and graduated with a degree in English. While in college he was twice named an All- American and also collected ECAC First Team honors. He was named the ECAC Goaltender of the Year for the 1995-1996 season. Thomas' road to the NHL was a long and winding one. Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques, he never played for them, his career instead taking him to a mixture of European teams and North American minor league squads over the next several years. It was the seasoning of Tim Thomas--a time of small contracts, travel by bus, and modest expecta- tions. When the big contract finally came via former Bru- ins GM Mike O'Connell years later, Tim Thomas, a veteran of bumpy rides, out- of-the-way arenas and far- from-the-spotlight games, would be one thing many younger players are not-- grateful. Timothy James Thomas, Jr. won the first game he ever played for the Boston Bruins, a 4-3 road victory over Edmonton on October 19, 2002--the fifth game of that young season. It would be a year where he would alternate between Boston and Providence, called up to the big club on three occa- sions, earning a 3-0-1 record and dressing as a backup for 11 additional contests. He would play the next sea- son entirely in Providence while the NHL lockout sea- son (2004-2005) would see him play in Finland, where was named the MVP of the Finnish League as he led the circuit in wins, goals against average, games and minutes played--as well as shutouts. Following the lockout, Tho- mas was re-signed by Boston as a free agent in Septem- ber of 2005, starting the sea- son in Providence and then joining the Bruins for good on January 10, 2006. He would go on to capture the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie for the 2008-2009 season and is the favorite to be named the win- ner for this season. He has been the winning goalie in three All-Star games. This past regular season he re- corded the best save per- centage (.938) since it was introduced as a regular sta- tistic back in the 1982-1983 season. He also led the league in goals against av- erage (2.00), had an eight- game win streak en route to a 35-11-9 season mark and posted nine shutouts. Thomas will tell you that he has maintained his focus during the playoffs by block- ing everything out. At a time when all the Boston media outlets have gone into over- drive with Bruins coverage, Thomas says he hasn't been reading newspapers, listen- ing to sports talk radio shows watching sportscasts or look- ing at Internet blogs. He says that on the rare off days he'll be at home with his wife and three children--poolside if the weather is nice. When the playoffs began back in April, a media col- league asked me how deep into the playoffs I thought the Bruins would go. My an- swer was however far Tim Thomas would take them. He took them all the way to June 15 and the last pos- sible game of the Stanley Cup Final. No coach, no GM, no owner, no fan could ask for anything more. For cer- tain--a storybook season for Tim Thomas, his team- mates and all those associ- ated with the Boston Bruins.