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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 6, 2012 s# C )RNER TRLK Reinaldo OliveJra, Jr. Upcoming Fights DRESS REHEARSAL -- It Mark Minor in the I i th Fighting on July 14 th is Joss Medina in Las Vegas. July 14 th tough Joss Medina battles Fernando Guerrero at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. On the 21 st there's "Fire Within" WBC Middleweight Champion glvin Ayala, who fights power puncher Jesus Gonzalez. This fight card is presented by Jimmy Burcldleld. In addition on this fight card will be local heavyweight favorite Donnie Palmer of Boston, making his professional debut. Also fighting will be local favorites Saul Almeida of Framingham and Gabriel DeLuc of Boston. On the 27  a "Title Wave" will hit in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Weather report for this night is beware of NABF Champion Hammerin Hank Lundy vs. Raymundo Beltran. Remember title eaves cause a lot of destruction[ NABF Champion Hammerin Hank Lundy fighting like a "rifle wave," on July 27 th. Joss Medina, who's fighting Fernando Guerrero on July 14 th at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. He's standing with two time National Champion Steve Vukosa. Steve was 65-5 as an amateur and is undefeated at 10-0, with 6 KO's as a professional. Also standing in front is my grandson, Aaron Lienard Oliveira and keeping an eye on these guys is Madison O'Donell, far left. -- "PICTURE THIS!" Trainer Kenny Butler with Paul Harber, a retired Boston Globe sportswriter, now editing weekly papers on the South Shore. The youngsters are training at 24/7 Family Fitness in Stoughton. Another training facility helping young adults mature. Trainer Kenny Butler, with his military background, is putting the Elite Kids Class through a great workout. At this Elite Kid's Class, they're observing and communicating with top professionals and amateurs. Some of the many in this gym are in this photo. Ishmial Armstrong (Randolph), Joseph Alves, Billy Bradbury (Brighton), Nick Bell (Weymouth), Frank Cascarano and Mike Cascarano of Quincy, Joey Deltufo, Joe Flanagan (Weymouth), Gill Dolar, Brendon Ganno (Quincy), Rich Gingras (Attleboro), Kevin Gibbons (Braintree), Stephen McVey Hyde Park via Ireland, John McSweeney (Weymouth), writer of the movie Irish Whisper Adriano MasciareUi of Quincy, Denise Mitchell, Stephen O'Brien (South Boston), Tom O'Connell (Bralntree), Matty O'Donnell, Hayden Scott, Michael Stacks (East Boston), Brendan Ranno (Quincy), Anthony Samuels, Haiden Scott (Weymouth), Bobby Wahlberg (Quincy), Jake Whitcomb (Hull), Joe Zingg (Quincy) and many other top quality fighters. was a game that had the potential to feature what would become all three of the Celtics selections in the 2012 NBA Draft. It didn't quite come off that way but the game indeed was played. And right here in Boston this spring at the Garden, no less. It was the elite eight matchup in the NCAA East Regional between Ohio State and Syracuse on March 24 on Causeway Street with the winner advancing to the Final Four. The game was highlighted by the play of Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, the All-American center, who three months later would be the first of two eventual first round picks by the Celtics. He scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Buckeyes to a 77-70 victory over second- seeded Syracuse and dash the hopes of a Final Four appearance for the Orange. Sullinger did most of his scoring in the second half after picking up his second foul six minutes into the game, forcing the Ohio State star to the bench until after the halftime break. The loss ended a fine season for the Orange who finished at 34-3 overall and undefeated at home in the Carrier Dome (19-0). Ohio State advanced with a 31-7 mark and even- tually lost to Kansas, 64-62 in the national semifinals. In that one, Sullinger played almost the entire game (39 of 40 minutes), scoring 13 points and coming away with six rebounds. Syracuse center Fab Melo, the other first round pick of the Celtics, played most of the regular season for SU and was the team's leader in blocked shots (88) and had the highest average rebounds per game (5.8), stats that earned him Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors. However, he did not play in the tournament because of what Syracuse termed "academic issues." Would he have made the dif- ference? It's hard to tell. But Syracuse did have Sul!inger in foul trouble early and could not seize the advan- tage when he came out of the game in the first half. A team with Melo on the floor might have. Kris Joseph, the Syracuse forward selected in the sec- ond round by the Celtics, played 37 minutes against Ohio State, scoring 10 points. He also had three steals. Joseph played the most min- utes of any Syracuse player this past season (just under 1,200) and led the team in scoring with a 13.4 average. The picks of Fab Melo and Kris Joseph marked the first time in franchise his- tory that the Celtics had drafted players from Syra- cuse University. The selec- tion of Jared Sullinger was the first time since 1972 that the C's had chosen someone from Ohio State. That year they selected round. He would only play in four games for the C's in a very brief NBA career, scoring just five points. Of course, the most famous pick from Ohio State by the C's came in the 1962 draft when the Green selected John Havlicek in the first round (seventh overall). Soon, the three college stars will all be playing on the same team when the summer league version of the Celtics takes to the court within the next few weeks. WOW THAT WAS QUICK -- It wasn't too long ago (2005- 2006 and 2006-2007 to be exact) that goalie Jonathan Quick was toiling away in the nets at UMass-Amherst, just hoping that he would someday get a pro contract. Now he has one of the larg- est contracts in hockey, one that will pay him $58 million over the course of the next 10 seasons as the top goalie of the Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan, who took over as the Kings starting goalie midway through the 2008- 2009 season after being called up from Manchester, certainly knew how to make the most of an opportunity. He became the first Kings goalie in franchise history to win 30 or more games in three consecutive years, including 39 this past season. Then this spring he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs, lead- ing L.A. to the title while allowing just seven goals in six games in the Stanley Cup Finals against New Jer- sey. He allowed only 29 total goals in the 20 games the Kings played over the entire course of the postseason. Just five years ago Quick, who grew up in Hamden, CT, led his UMass team to its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in school his- tory. Now five years later, at age 26, he is financially set for life and is under contract with the Kings through the 2022-2023 season. Jonathan and his wife Jaclyn have a two-year-old daughter named Madison. And Jaclyn's sister Alicia is married to New York Island- ers forward Matt Moulson. Happy times all around. THE GM ON THE BRUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP -- Al- though he said he didn't see anyone who played above ex- pectations, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that he did indeed like what he wit- nessed at the recently con- cluded Development Camp. "I saw some good perfor- mances from our new draft picks. I think this camp had our best skating group of players thus far." The camp, which ran from June 20 to July 2 in Wilmington, marked the sixth consecutive summer that the B's have brought together their prospects for on-ice and off-ice drills and practices. The next event is Rookie Camp which starts on September 14.