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Page16 BOSTON POST'GAZETTE, JULY 15, 2011 COR NER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Boston Massachusetts. The Sports Capital of the "World!" "A Decade of ChampionsP' Boston Motto Proudly says? "God Be with Us as He Was with Our Fathers". Then we go "Over the TopP' July 16 th, at Dorchester Armory, "Fights" by "Southside PromotionsP' in association with Mark Vaz. "Ding!" Vladimir Klitschko defeats David Haye, in one sided Fight. We Mourn the Passing of Great Boxing Writer George Kimble On July 16 th, South Side Promotions in association with Mark Vaz Boxing, pre- sents a fight-em-up, fight card at Dorchester Armory. Come on down and go "Over the Top!" Tough Tim Flamos 28-6-1, 8 KO's, dukes it out with Darren Whitley 13-24-7, for the vacant State Cruiserweight Title. Tough Tim Flamos has a legit tough opponent in front of him. As they say, "Don't look at a fighter's record. Look at who they fought. Darren Whitley has fought many tough fighters. Looking at his oppositions records; 13-0-1, 13-1-1, 3-0-0, 10-1-1, 10-0-0, 23-1-0, 19-I-0. Tough Tim Flamos, has legit opposition in front of him. Chris Traietti 9-2, 5 KO's battles Scott Domenech 1-0 of Worcester. Dan Powers 2-0, 2 KO's New Hampshire, is sched- uled to fight James Owens 4-4. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 4-I, 1 KO battles undefeated 5-0 Muay Thai fighter Kate Aversa in boxing. Derek Silveira 4-0, 2 KO's of Byfield, Massachusetts battles Noel Garcia. Luis Felix and Chris Gilbert face off in their pro debut match. Big boys in heavyweights, Keith Bianchini 2-0 of Worcester battles Randy Smith of New York. Keith Biachini is a true fighter in all senses of what a fighter is about. He won his first professional fight four years ago. He then faced an oppo- nent in a diagnosis of can- cer. Keith Bianchini the fighter fought back. After treatment he was back in the gym. He now has a clean bill of health. He then won his recent match in Worces- ter and is back in the gym to face his next challenge in Randy Smith. Massachusetts USA. Our capital is Boston. They're shouting in: Brockton, Cam- bridge, Chelsea, Dorchester, Fall River, Hyde Park, Holyoke, Jamaica Plain, Lowell, Lawrence, Lynn, Newton, New Bedford, Plymouth, Quincy, Roslin- dale, Roxbury, Springfield, Wareham, Worcester and throughout Massachusetts. "We did it!" The Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions in 2011. The Boston Celtics, World Champions for 2007- 2008. The Patriots, World Champions 2002, 2004 and 2005. The Boston Red Sox, World Champions 2004 and 2007, the Revolution, "The Fighter!" in the Fight of the 21 "t Century, World Cham- pion Irish Micky Ward and the many other great teams and athletes from our great The Fight of the 21 "t Century co-participant, Irish Micky Ward of Lowell Massachusetts. capital Boston and State of Massachusetts. You have accomplished great endeav- ors in this decade. The "21 st Century." We are proud. Bos- ton, Massachusetts is a great historical, sports and educational capital and state. We proudly acknowl- edge your presence and ac- complishments. Massachu- setts is a beloved part of the great "50 United States of America!" As the motto of Boston proudly says? "God Be with Us as He Was with Our Fathers." We are proud of Boston and of Massachu- setts. The greatest country in the world. The United States of America. Great Ring 4 President Mickey Finn is in the plan- ning stage of honoring great many year Ring 4 member Don O'Neill with a time hon- oring him on his many years of dedication and ser- vices to the world of boxing, as a judge and as a Hall of Fame member. I'll keep you updated on this great event. CES Boxing presents to you on July 29 th Fights, for the Vacant WBC Heavyweight International Title. On the line at Mohegan Sun Irish Kevin McBride vs. Mariusz Wach. Vladimir Klitschko won a convincing twelve rounder over David Haye. Roy Jones Jr. says, "When he comes back to the United States he is going to look for a heavy- weight." Taking nothing away from David Haye. Klitschko is great. David Haye lost to a very good fighter. Now I hear that David Haye is already look- ing for a rematch. He had a broken toe in his fight with Klitschko. It would be a prob- lem to fight a fighter like Klitschko with a broken toe. Just as it would be a prob- lem fighting Klitschko with a good toe. It was great talking with Fight Family member Ben Venuti. He and his nice wife Venetia will be celebrating their wedding anniversary soon. We go back many years to Brockton, when training at the Ward Five Gym. Own- ers, trainers and fighters; Gigi Sergio, Vinny Vecchione, Mike Minasian, Mike Joyce, Al Nayer, Jim McNally, Donnell Wigfall, Steve Duval, Stanley Santos, Jimmy Corkum, Dan O'Malley, Jackie Smith, Juan Botta, Ron Drinkwater, Jimmy Farrell, John Jacobs, Joe Feeney, Leo Gerstel, Ronnie Gerstel, Hurricane Peter McNeeley, Rick Marinick, Paul Poirier, Chris Sarno, Rich Torsney, Joey Benoit, Sammy Mitchell, Joe Cefelli, Bobby Casenada, Paul Cina and many other tough fighters. Remember Vinny saying "Switch!" POW right in the kisser. We sparred in a fash- ion I have seen no other gym do. I'm getting a headache Ohhh! Time for an aspirin or two or more. I think I'll lay down, too. A great tough gym we had. We of boxing mourn over the passing of great boxing writer George Kimball. Fights on July 15 th ESPN2 from New York -- Pawel Wolak vs. Delvin Rodriguez, Jr., Middleweights. 15 th Showtime from Las Vegas -- Diego Magdaleno vs. Alejandro Perez, Jr., Lightweights. 15 th Telefutura from Puerto Rico -- Jayson Veles vs. Carlos Valcarcel, Jr., Featherweights. Live 16 th Dorchester Ar- mory -- Tim Flamos vs. Darren Whitley, Dan Powers vs. James Owens, Chris Traietti vs. Scott Domenech, Derek Silveira vs. Noel Garcia, Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes vs. Kate Aversa. 22 nd ESPN2 from Las Vegas -- Anthony Dirrell vs. Alejandro Berrio. 23 rd Fox Deportes from Mexico; Orlando Salido vs. Mike Oliver WBO Feather- weight title. 23 rd Integrated Sports PPV from the UK; Derek Chisora vs. Tyson Fury Heavyweights. 29 th ESPN2 from Las Ve- gas; Edison Miranda vs. Yordanis Despaigne light- heavyweights. Live 29 th Mohegan Sun, Connecticut. CES Boxing entertains you with; Elvin Ayala vs. Pito Cardona, Mariusz Wach vs. Irish Kevin McBride in a title fight, Thomas Falowo vs. TBA, Ricky Dawson vs. TBA, Greg McCoy vs. TBA, Edwin Soto vs. TBA, Dan Fraza. For tickets, please call 401-724- 2253. THE COMMISSIONER CON- TINUES -- Hockey East Com- missioner Joe Bertagna has had his contract extended through the 2013-2014 sea- son by the conference's executive committee. The extension means that Bertagna will continue to serve as the longest tenured college hockey administrator in the nation. He is also the longest serving commis- sioner in the 28-year history of Hockey East, beginning his 15 th year in that capacity. Prior to coming to the con- ference he served in a simi- lar position with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for 15 years, meaning that the upcoming season will be his 30 th as a college hockey administrator, the longest period of service of any college hockey adminis- trator in America A graduate of Harvard Uni- versity where he played all four years, Bertagna became the commissioner of Hockey East on July 1, 1997. Under his watch the Conference has enjoyed increased television exposure both during the regular season and at the annual Hockey East Tourna- ment at the TD Garden. The conference was expanded to include women's teams and now, in effect, is a two-league operation. During his time Hockey East men's teams have won five national championships, including three of the last four. The increased visibility was highlighted by the Hockey East doubleheader at Fenway Park on January 8, 2010 where arch rivals Bos- ton University and Boston College faced off in the men's game while Northeastern took on UNH in the women's contest before a sellout crowd. In addition, he has served as the Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association since 1991, the only person to serve in that capacity. A former goaltending coach with the Bruins, he also was a coach with Team USA for the 1994 Olympics and continues to operate a goaltending school during the summer months. A native of Arlington, Bertagna and his wife Kathy live in Gloucester with their three children. DEVIL SEARCH FOR COACH -- Former Bruins player Craig MacTavish has been mentioned in the New York media as on a list of candidates that the New Jer- sey Devils are reviewing in connection with their search for a new head coach. MacTavish played three sea- sons for the Bruins back in the early 1980s, then nine more with Edmonton, during which the Oilers won three Stanley Cups. He also played for the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers and the St. Louis Blues in the latter stages of his career. .After his playing days were over, he became an assistant coach for two seasons with the Rangers, then moved to the Oilers as an assistant and took over as their head coach in 2000, a position he would hold for eight seasons. He was let go by the Oilers in April, 2009 after the team failed to make the playoffs for the third year in a row. He has served as a television commentator on a part-time basis following his dismissal. WINGS SIGN MacDONALD -- Goaltender Joey Mac- Donald, who played briefly with the Bruins during the 2006-2007 season, has signed on again with the Detroit Red Wings after split- ting last year between the Wings and their minor league affiliate. According to reports out of Detroit, MacDonald signed a two-year contract with the Wings. During the upcom- ing season he will make $550,000 if he plays in the NHL but only $105,000 if he plays with Grand Rapids, the minor league affiliate. The second season is a full NHL one way contract with a guar- anteed $555,000 salary. MacDonald, who is 31, played 20 games for Grand Rapids last season but also saw action in 15 games for the Red Wings after backup netminder Chris Osgood suf- fered a season ending injury. MacDonald posted a 5-5-3 record with a 2.58 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. The Wings will come to camp with former Univer- sity of Maine goalie Jimmy Howard penciled in as the no. 1 goalie. Howard played 63 games for Detroit each of the last two seasons with Osgood serving as his main backup. Osgood, who is 38, may return in that role, depend- ing on his medical condition. If he does, MacDonald will probably begin the season as the No. 3 goalie. SNOW TAKES CALGARY POSITION -- Melrose native Chris Snow recently signed on as Director of Video and Statistical Analysis for the Calgary Flames. His duties include integrating a data based video system into the team's coaching, player preparation and planning processes. Snow's position is a first for the franchise and attempts to draw upon a model now popular in baseball where statistical analysis is heavily utilized in player and fran- chise development. A graduate of Syracuse Uni- versity, he previously spent four seasons as Director of Hockey Operations for the Minnesota Wild. Fans in Bos- ton may well remember him in a different capacity -- as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe back in 2005 and 2006. While cov- ering the Sox, he got a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of GM Theo Epstein and his staff, one that was credited as having played a central role in the success of the team. Prior to writing for the G/obe he was the Minnesota Wild beat writer for the Minneapo- lis Star Tribune.