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Page 16 .... BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 13, 2012 ,qT W~ CORNER ALK by Reinaldo 01iveira, Jr. Speaking with Good Friend J.P. of the North End "Boxer or Slugged" Who Do You Vote For? Olympians Jason Estrada 2008 and Alex Gonzalez 1992 "Fight!" Steve Memishian and Uncrowned Champion Jimmy Bivins "R.I.P." Stephen G. Memishian recipient of the Ring 4 Certificate of Appreciation. J.P. of Boston's North End says, "That he has never been treated as well as he has at the Dana Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston." Some of the reasons why the state of Massachusetts is one of the best medical providers in the United States of America. I remember a few years ago reading an article which listed two medical centers in Massachusetts, as being in the top ten in the United States of America. Boston was #I and South Coast Medical Facilities in New Bedford, Fall River and Wareham were listed in the top ten in the country. I re- cently had medical care done on my foot at St. Luke's in New Bedford. Thank you Physician Raymond Dillon Ill ANP-BC, NP-C. The treat- ment was great. J.P. says that he is doing well. Many great area fighters have received top medical treat- ment at these facilities. Thank God for our great hospitals and medical providers. Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, is a member of our great medical facilities in Boston. J.P. says, "Fighting on someone else's terms is how you lose." "Fight your own fight." "Listen to your trainers." Some think that just be- cause a fighter dances around and appears light on their feet that they won the round because they moved around and threw punches that did not connect. Does that mean they won the round? "Look" at what they are running away from, the fighter they are fighting. They don't want to get hit. The fighter they are fighting is tough and hits hard. That is why they are running as they are. They don't want to get "hit!" Points are scored for effective aggressiveness and also for defensive abil- ity. Not for running scared. The great Willie Pep won a round without throwing a punch. Some fighters are just great defensive masters A Great picture of Brendan Rockey, Nancy Attardo, Brendon Handley, Jimmy Farrell and Dominic Farrell at the Cyr-Farrell Gym. and some are just great hitters. A word to all Fight Family fighters: To so-called kool kids on the street, bring no heat to your turf. You see a knucklehead acting up, tell them to "cool it" or to "knock it off!." As I have al- ways said, "If the world was full of fighters it would be a better world!" Cool people, I usually see as not needing to bring attention to themselves by being a loud- mouth on the street. They do the best they can in compe- tition and achieve victory. Usually the person on the street who is the loudest and is trying to bring attention to themselves by acting like a fool is the person who is trying to bring attention to themselves because they lack ability and ways to legitimately bring attention to themselves. They act like a fool to be noticed. Bring attention to yourself by do- ing positive things. "Ding:" Fight legally, .one on one, if you have the nerve. Two Olympians. Jason Estrada of Providence at 19-4-0, 5 KO's of the 2008 Olympics, fought. Alex Gonsalves 20-6-I, 10 KO's the representative of Puerto Rico in the 1992 Olympics. Jason Estrada dominated and won an eight-round unanimous decision. Jason Estrada has fought warriors: Tomasz Adamek 39-1-0, Alexander Povetkin 16-0-0, Derek Bryant 20-4-1, Travis Walker 21-0-1 and Lance Whitaker 32-4-1 plus many other tough Heavyweights in his career. I'm speaking with Olga Curto of East Boston. I've been advised that Michael Curto is fighting on July 28a in Brockton as a Cruiser- weight in his first amateur fight. In attendance will be Vinnie Curto his father. Rest in Peace, longtime active Fight Family member Steve Memishian and Un- crowned Champion Jimmy Bivins. Steve Memishian of Ring 4 was always ready to give a helping hand to all Brothers of Ring 4. I have also been made aware of the passing of Jimmy Bivins. Keep them both, in your prayers. "Keep punching Brothers." Ring 4 Fight Family Brothers all, with Stephen G. Memishian in center. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss Greetings from the Midwest where your faithful corre- spondent is visiting relatives and covering a couple of golf tournaments for a paper that focuses on that sport. We just came from the U.S. Women's Open in Kohler, Wisconsin -- about halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay -- where the temperature on one of the fairways during an early round reportedly was a toasty ii0 degrees. Thankfully there was an air conditioned press tent that served as media headquar- ters, providing an oasis of coolness and a respite from the torrid conditions. In addi- tion, there were numerous shady spots along the course where people could sit under trees -- thus avoiding having to watch the action in direct sunlight. We hope that the summer sun backs off a bit as we move on to Michigan for the U.S. Senior Open. And maybe because we were travelling, we thought a bit about two men and the impact of their moves, not only upon their teams but upon their families. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who has indicated to GM Peter Chiarelli that he in- tends to sit out the final year of his contract, has reportedly moved his family to Colorado. Although Tuukka Rask has by all indications shown that he is capable of becoming the number 1 netminder in Boston, the move was still a stunner, even more so after reports surfaced that the Thomas family undertook the move in mid-season. That sounds drastic when you think about it. Because the past tense "moved" was used that would mean the Thomas children were with- drawn from school during the academic year, moved about 2,000 miles west and enrolled in a new school system. Although the rise of social media on the Internet has enabled people from all over the world to keep in contact with one another more eas- ily, there's a real possibility they may not see their school friends from Massachusetts in person again for many years to come. Another point: how would you like to be a school child learning that your best friend will be mov- ing away and that there's a good chance you will never see him or her again in per- son until perhaps you are both adults? Ray Allen's decision, of course, was an off-season one, meaning his move to Miami, while having the same impact on his family, at least means that the Allen children will be fortu- nate enough to start the aca- demic year fresh in a new school system. But they also may not see their Massachu- setts school age friends again in person for many years to come. Ray grew up in a military family so perhaps he's a bit more used to the lifestyle of moving around. Still, it has to have an impact on his family. Bothmen obviously did not take these actions for fi- nancial reasons. The deci- sion by Thomas to pass up the $5 million due him in the final year of his contract proves that. So does Allen's decision to sign with Miami for less money than he was offered by the Celtics. That may be the one posi- tive in all of this in that the players can't blame man- agement for what happened. When Kendrick Perkins was traded by the Celtics that obviously came to have an impact on the human dimen- sion of the Celtics locker room. We always thought that response was misplaced be- cause Perkins turned down a $22 million contract offer by the Celtics. In short, the C's wanted to keep him but he decided to reject their offer. Only after that was he traded. But the human response of the players was real, no doubt about it. Allen may have become a little more detached from the team as last season wore on. While we're able to. attend most post-game press confer- ences with coach Doc Rivers, making a late night train out of North Station often pre- vents us from going into the locker room on many game nights. However, during the times we were able to stay and hear what the players had to say after the game, we rarely saw Allen. We don't know what that meant. He also could have appeared after we left. But for whatever reason, he often was not there when the majority of his team- mates were there. Over the remaining weeks of the summer, we'll undoubt- edly read more about how rosters will be adjusted in response to the departures of these two players. What you probably won't find being dis- cussed is the human dimen- sion and all the people moves such as these have an impact upon. The actions will be por- trayed solely as player moves and how they will affect the respective teams. It will almost seem -- at least in some cases -- as if commodities are being dis- cussed rather than people. And that's just when the focus is on the players. The impact of the moves on others --wives, children, relatives and friends will never be discussed. Oh, and by the way, the people in sports who move the most are the ones you hear about the least. Who are they? They are the assistant coaches in Division I college football and Division 1 college basketball. They are the true itinerants, with moves every year or two not uncommon for many who are starting their coaching careers. Last year's school is already in the rear view mirror for many of them. Ponder these points well over these slower days of summer. It may well be one of the few times you ever see them mentioned in sports media.