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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 22, 2012 t lIP 00NER TALK Jr. Who Said There's No "Politics in Boxing?" World Champion Hanny Paquiao Defeated by Judges Pug Luncheon June 12, 2012 Congressman Acellno Freitas Kayo's Hichael Ollveira Dick Flaherty, Jimmy FarreU, Jr., Kenny Butler, Jr., Joey DeGrandis, Rick Rudolph and I. Here are Referee Dick Flaherty, who's recently retired after 45 years of refereeing since 1967. Some of the fighters he's refereed in his 45 years: Demetrius Andrade, Kenny Butler, Bobby Covino, Steve Collins, John Coiley, Jaime Clampitt, Joey DeGrandis, John Dino Denis, Kippy Diggs, Jason Estrada, Jimmy Farrell, Tim Flamos, Matt Godfrey, Jerry Huston, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Zab Judah, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jeff Lacy, Danny Long, Wayne McCullah, Peter Manfredo, Jr., Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr., Sucra Ray Oliveira, Scott Pemberton, Tony Manny Paquiao on right with Timothy Petronelli, John Ruiz, Dana Rosenblatt, Bradley on left. Jose Rivera, Tony Sibson, Joey Spina, (Photo by Chris Cozzone) James Toney, David Tua, Jermaine Taylor and Irish Micky Ward. Dick Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach are Flaherty is one of the most honorable a great team. What do you think about the referees around. He will still be involved in decision given in this fight? Promoter Bob boxing as a judge. Thank you Pug Ring Arum I read says, "The decision was a ridicu- Leader Tom Martini for the June 2012 Pug lous decision. You guys all know who won this of the Month Award. flight. So let's be honest about the situation. Some Fight Family Attendees: Leo Gerstel Hopefully we'll revisit it in November .., ! hope fought World title contender John "Dino" boxing recovers, because this isn't arguing Denis a couple of times. I saw two of their about a close decision. This is something that's wars. Charles Dwyer fought Heavyweight an absurdity. That's ridiculous, and everybody Champion Ken Norton three times. that's involved in boxing should feel ashamed." Jimmy Connors fought World Champion Jimbo Curran says, "It was the biggest rob- great Willie Pep to a decision. Ring Leader bery, since the Brinks!" Manny Pacquiao has Tom Martini was a U.S. Navy Champion. Boston area Trainer Freddie Roach from Ring 4 President Mickey Finn was a U.S. Massachusetts in his corner. Congressman Marine Champion. Jimmy Farrell was Manny Pacquiao is an eight division World trained in New York in camp with Iron Champion. Too many times others think Mike Tyson and trained by Gus D'Amato. they are demonstrating strength when they Jimmy Farrell, I remember seeing his are actually demonstrating "Weakness!" name many times in the world famous Ring when they do something ridiculously wrong. Magazine. Rated as one of the best in the Judges voting for Bradley demonstrated "Not world as a World Featherweight contender. 'doing theright thing:" Champion Manny Dan Cuoco publishes IBRO The Interna- Paquiao landed 190 power punches as tional Boxing Research Organization. A opposed to the 106 landed by Bradley. 190 must read for boxing history researching minus 106 = That's "84!" more power enthusiast. IBRO has a great staff. Some of punches. This was a professional fight, the names of contributors to IBRO I read: Power punches equate to a higher point Jim Amato, Johnny Bos, Ted Sares, Dan value in the Professionals than do jabs and Cuoco and Austin Killeen who fought some non-power punches. As you remember, that tough fighters in his career. Bob Benoit in the amateurs jabs and power punching was a world ranked Light-Heavyweight in rights or lefts are scored equally. You know? one of the greatest eras in Light-Heavy- Power right hands thrown by fighter #1 in weight boxing history. No one I spoke with the amateurs is scored the same as a stag- agreed with the verdict rendered by the of- gering right hand. In professional fights, ficials of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy which the Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley fight. Bradley World Championship Title fight was. Brazilian Congressman Acelino Popo" Power punches and jab like punches are Freitas 39-2, 33 KO's defeated Michael "The scored differently. Let's say that a power Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira, who's now 17-1, punch is scored as 2, and a jab as 1. "Hmm!" 12 KO's after this loss. Popo Freitas first Let me figure this one out? 106 x 2 = 212. dropped Oliveira in the third round. In the 190 x 2 = 380. Don't rush me. I'll get it. 380 seventh round, Freitas took control dropping - 212 = 168. Please don't rush me. That Oliveira in the ninth. This prompted the means that Bradley would have had to have referee to stop this fight. landed 169 more non-Power punches to have Politics in Boxing: President Teddy won the decision. Let me figure this out Roosevelt boxed while at Harvard. Senator again? 1 + 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+1+1+ 1+ 1 John McCain, Republican U.S. Presidential +1+ 1+ I + 1+ 1+1+ 1+ I+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ Nominee in 2008, boxed when he served in 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ 1+ I + I + the U.S. Navy. U,S. Representative and 1 + 1 + 1 etc., etc., etc. Maybe I'm using the Senator for California from 1965 until 1977 wrong formula. I've got to take an aspirin was John V. Tunney, the son of Gene for my headache. I'll have the figures for Tunney. Mayor Alexis Arguello after re- you next week. tiring from boxing in November of 2008, was Pugs' Luncheon elected Mayor of Managua, Capital of Nica- was held on June ragua. State Auditor Joseph A. DeNucci is 12, 2012 at Florian the longest serving State Auditor in Mas- Hall, Dorchester. sachusetts history. Boston City Councilor Pug Ring Leader Calvin T. Brown boxed and was a champion. Tommy Martini, Shane Mosley 46-8-I, 39 KO's, recently who again scores retired from boxing. He's won World Titles kayo. In atten- in three divisions. He's fought fighters Saul dance were: Ted Alvarez 39-0-1, Manny Paequiao 52-3-2, Sates, Ed Ber- Sergio Mora 22-I-1, Floyd Mayweather Ted Sares and nard, Charles 40-0-0, Antonio Margarito 37-5-0, Ricardo Ed Bernard. Dwyer, Jimmy Mayorga 28-6-i, Miguel Cotto 30-0-0, Connors, Jimbo Fernando Vargas 26-3-0, Oscar De La Hoya Curran, Jay Delaney, Dan Cuoco, Austin 36-2-0, Vernon Forrest 34-0-0, Ralph Killeen, Ed Fitzgerald, Joe Marques, Leo Wright 47-3-0 amongst many elite fighters. Gerstel, Ed Quigley, Don Green, John Happy Belated Birthday to: June 12 th "Buddy" Ford, Bob Benoit, Mary L. Nelson, Austin Killeen, & Christy Martin, 13 th Ring 4 President Miekey Finn, Shirley Edward Bishop. Happy Birthday on the 27  Addams, Bobby Franklin, Paul Gaines, to Mary Nelson. Although it isn't even July, the Bruins have provided their fans with a touch of fall as the franchise announced the dates for the start of training camp plus the entire pre- season schedule. Rookie Camp will get under way on Friday, September 14 at Ristuccia Arena in Wil- mington, the official practice facility of the Bruins. One week later (Friday, September 21) the full training camp -- including all veterans and the rookies still on the big club's roster -- will convene. They won't get much prac- tice time since the exhibi- tion season begins just four day later on Tuesday, Sep- tember 25 when the B's take on the Washington Capitals -- the team that knocked the Bruins out of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs -- in the nation's capital. Want to really get the feel of an NHL regular season schedule? How about a good old back-to-back right at the start? That's what the B's will face as, without a day off, they head right to Buffalo to take on the Sabres the very next night on September 26. Then there's a three day break -- before another back-to-back on the road. This time it will be against Winnipeg. The first game against the Jets will be a neutral site game in Saska- toon, Saskatchewan on Sat- urday, September 29. That will be followed the next day (Sunday, September 30) with another game against the Jets on their home ice in Winnipeg. The first action at the Gar- den will look a lot like the last game played at the Causeway Street facility this past spring. That's because the B's will be taking on the Washington Capitals, the same team that beat them back in April, in the contest that is set for Wednesday, October 3. Two nights later the B's will face off against the Buffalo Sabres at the Garden on Fri- day, October 5. Both Garden games will start at 7:00 pm. The Black and Gold will then travel north to take on their archrivals -- the Mon- treal Canadiens -- in their last preseason contest the very next night (Saturday, October 6). Yes, that is the third back-to-back scenario of the preseason. What a schedule! We hope everyone isn't already worn out before the regular season starts the middle of the following week. DEVELOPMENT CAMP -- It used to be held sometime after the Fourth of July but the Bruins have announced that this year their annual development camp will be held from June 28 to July 2 in Wilmington. This camp, open to rookies and prospects, features on- ice drills, power skating, full practices and some scrim- mages, plus additional off- ice workouts. The vast ma- jority of players at the camp will not make the Bruins opening night roster come fall. Some will go back to jun- ior hockey, while others will play in the minors. A select few might make the B's training camp roster for a few days before being sent to their final destination. By the way, Rtstuccia is a great place to be on a hot Summer day. The final two days of the sixth annual camp (July 1 and 2) will fea- tures scrimmageS that start at 1 I:00 am. So bring a jacket and spend a few cool moments with the Bruins. Enjoy. A STANLEY CUP FINAL WITH A HOCKEY EAST FLA- VOR -- Wherever you go in the hockey world, individuals with Hockey East affiliations seem to make their mark. The latest instance of that is the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings who featured three former Hockey East players, includ- ing former UMass-Amherst goalie Jonathan Quick. Others who played in Hockey East included former Maine forward Dustin Penner and former Boston College defenseman Ron Scuderi. Quick, who was selected as the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy (Most Valu- able Player in the Playoffs), is the third consecutive former college player to be honored with the award. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who played for Vermont, won the award in 2011 while Chicago Blackhawks player Jonathan Toews, who for- merly saw action between the pipes at North Dakota, was chosen in 2010. Quick had a stellar 1.41 goals against average, a .946 save percentage and three shutouts over the span of the 2012 playoffs that saw him post a 16-4-0 mark. Penner had 11 points in 20 playoff games via three goals and eight assists while Scuderi had one assist and a +9 rating. Quick had a stellar prep school record at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut, going 53-8-0 over three seasons, including one year where he lost only one game (1.24 goals against average) and an- other where he lost only two (I. 15 goals against average). Those stand in contrast to his college days when he posted a 23-22-6 career record to go with a 2.40 goals against average. After three years in the minors, he joined the Kings and has, been with them for the past five seasons. The 2011-2012 season was his best (35-21-13 record, 1.95 goals against average and a .929 save percentage). In addition, the Kings also have Hockey East alumni on their staff. Jack Ferreira (the special assistant to the general manager) and scout Steve Greeley call Boston University their alma mater while former UMass-Lowell equipment manager Dana Bryson serves as assistant equipment manager in L.A. Some 32 former Hockey East players have now won the Stanley Cup (some multiple times) over the course of the 28-year history of the league that was founded in 1984.