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Page16 r" . 0 . *', , , , . . "'" , , . . BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 29, 2011 ,,- RNER ALK Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. We Went "Over the Top!" at Dorchester Armory HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss Welterweights Lopes vs. Kate Versa. Fight announcer John Vena Antonio Tarver defeats Danny Green in World Title Fight He'll have five years to highlighted by back-to-back "Can the Way of Establishing World Champions lmprove? prove himself, a rather Beanpot championships in Rising Boxing Star Anthony Narsella Jr. generous span considering 1984 and 1985. that it took him only four to The Milton resident indi- Great Young Ladies of Our Fight World: Cobis, Hamey and Lopes. write a memorable record cated that interim head i left a large amount of Clothes that will at Northeastern University coach Sebastien LaPlante be brought to the next Pugs' Luncheon. some three decades ago. "will remain with the pro- Aleksandra Magdziak We went "Over the TopF at the Dorchester Ar- mory. A very en- tertaining fight card by "South- side Promotions." Chris Traietti and Mark Vaz went over the top and gave fight fans a show of fisticuff warriors. An entertaining fight. Fight favor- ite Tim Flamos Richard Hand will be honored if members will take them, in behalf of his great father. Richard Hand Sr. Richard Hand says "Don't be: shy. Take them, and wear them with pride!" Most clothing is as good as new. Many pairs of pants, shirts, and other clothing. His father was about 180 Ibs. and about 5 foot 8". Too many World Champions. I looked in Fightnews.com. Listed are World champions in five different ruling bodies. WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Fightnews.com. Seventeen divisions. That equals 85 world champions. By the way Antonio Tarver just won the IBO World title. That equals 102 World champions. I believe that's one fifth of the fighters there were in the hay-day of boxing in the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s. Where and when does it "Stop?" What other champi- ons are there??..9??? When does it stop? I like what Great World Champion Tony DeMarco says? "A Champion is a Champion!" Tony DeMarco is a man of class. He is right. A Champion is a champion. I see many great fighters and champions now. Fighters that could have fought in any era and done well. I just would like to see these fighters fight one another and show just who the best is. t believe the fighters of now would like to be the only world champion in their weight class too. As it stands now. The Ring's November 1949 issue lists eight weight divisions: Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, Middle- weight, Welterweight, Lightweight, Feath- erweight, Bantamweight and Flyweight. Top 10 fighters in each division and eight cham- pions equals 88 fighters. 2011 with seven- teen weight divisions and six or more rul- For all Jim Madigan did dur- ing his undergraduate days on Huntington Avenue was play on consecutive Beanpot Championship teams and have a significant role on the Huskies 1982 squad-- the only one in school history to make it to the NCAA Frozen Four. And now he's back. Jim Madigan, NU alumnus, former administrator and hockey scout, is back where he belongs -- in charge at the rink and ready to give it all he has. "This is where it began," recalled Madigan at his introductory press confer- ence. "This is where I wanted to come back to. This was a job that I've truly cov- eted for many years. From when I was 18 or 19 to when I graduated, I wanted to be our next head hockey coach. But he had to wait -- nearly three decades -- before his dream would come true, During that span he worked in administrative positions at NU and scouted hockey on the side, first for the New York Islanders and later for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also got a taste of coaching gram. "I had the opportunity to coach Sebastien and recruit him. I know he's got a lot of pride for NU and he's a good hockey person and more importantly a good per- son overall," The new coach, who will celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary in August with his wife Kim, indicated that he hopes to build on the mo- mentum that former coach Greg Cronin initiated before leaving to become an assis- tant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Madigan said that he "looks forward to ratcheting up to another level so we can have competitive success in Hockey East. Hockey East in a premier League in this country. You take care of your business in Hockey East and that will take care of your national picture. We have aspirations to continue to play at the national level that Greg established two years ago. We want to win Beanpots, we want to win Hockey East Championships and we want to get to na- tional tournaments. I'm not here to promise anything. I'm just saying that's our did not fight,-"InjUyy." Fight favorite Chris ing bodies, equate~ to 102 world champions, at his alma mater, serving goal, that's our aspiration." Traietti 10L~ ~::~a Of Ouiney "came otlt That'~ more world ehaml~ions now than all assistant from 1986 to The Madigan er~t for IKIU I ,"' I[ f I and' d an3 R ,t.idedn on op l fi af hafn 8 1040 I o0key will 01l 0Ct0, ponent Scoti~menech 1- 1 of Worcester. The fighters of now are very tough too. I know Then came stints on ber 2 when the Huskies host Stopping Sco{t!iln~-the first round, Chris Traietti fougl~fiikd a possessed fighter on a mission. Congratulations in your victory. Looking good also i,s Alexandra Magdziak Lopes .~-I, 1 KO, defeated Kate Aversa by unanimous decision in four Her opponent Kate Aversa has guts. i could see very early in this match that Alexandra Lopes was the that they'd prefer to have only one World Champion in each division. I do like the idea of having 17 divisions. Many compliments to "The Young Ladies of the Fight Family". Jennifer Cobis, a great young lady and animal lover. She loves dogs. She is to be complimented on the wonderful work she does. Check her out on Facebook better of the two and would win. Opponent and thank you Jennifer for all of the won- Kate Aversa fought with courage and displayed bravado. She lacked the experi- ence to fight a well-rounded fighter like Alexandra, who's very good. She displayed drive and will. Derek Silveira, 5-0, 2 KO's 0f Byfield, defeated Noel Gareia 2-9-1 in six rounds. Referee Leo Gerstel adminis- tered to the bout between Dan Powers 3-0, 2 KO's who defeated James Owens by a four round decision. Louis Felix lost to Chris Gilbert of Lowell by a TK0 two. He did not recover in the five minutes allotted time from a low blow. I viewed this fight in this way. I have been hit with low blows in my career. I know they wei-e "Accidental." I have "Aeeidentally" hit opponents with low blows too. How did that happen? "Excuse meF "Ding!" I just feel that he did not think he could win by fighting and hoped he'd get the victory by disqualification. Boxing Ruling body is to be congratulated on its ruling. He didn't get hit with a devastating low blow. Heavyweights Keith Bianchini and Randy Smith battled for four rounds. Randy Smith came away with the victory. Houston Crayton of Dorchester 1-5, defeated Paddy Thompson by decision. I enjoyed thig fight show. Fighter who displayed the most Bravado, Chris Traietti. Fighter with no quit, Kate Aversa. The fighter displaying "Yo Adrian I did it," Chris Traietti. Gentleman Jim Boxer /s, Alexandra Magdziak Lopes. Many fight buddies were there in attendance August 9u~ Pugs Luncheon, at the Florian Hall Tommy Martini has arranged another exquisite time for all. Also, Richard Hand has made a great Donation to Ring 4. His dearly departed recently deceased father has derful work you do for Boxing. Thanks to Emily Harney, who is expecting a son in November. God Bless you, the baby's won- derful father Shaun Hawkins and your future wonderful son. Then there's Alexandra Magdziak Lopes, a young lady, loaded with skill, beauty and class. Who can also hit you with a left hook. "Pow!" On Thursday, August 18 at 8:30 PM former World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco will receive this year's Italian- American of the Year Award at the Madonna del Soccorso, {Fisherman's Feast} in the North End of Boston. f have been made aware of the passing of European light heavyweight champion Giulio Rinaldi. 44-16-5, 13 KO's. 1960 Progress of the year fighter. Rich T~rv.ney, and Richie "The Mountain" LaMontagne. Northeastern's administra- tive side and finally the call he's always waited for -- the one that informed him that he had been selected as the Huskies" 10th head hockey coach in school history at age 48. Standing in Mathews Arena where it all began for Jim Madigan in the fall of 1981, a flood of memories kept coming back. "It was 30 years ago this August that my mom and dad drove me down from Toronto and dropped me off just down the road in front of White Hall. My room- mate Tim Marshall was from Hull, Massachusetts. We met each other and our fami- lies for the first time. It was something new for Jim Madigan. It was a new coun- try, new city, new team- mates, new coaches and new classmates." Former Bruins captain Ferny Flaman was Madigan's coach and under his men- toring it didn't take long for Madigan to experience suc- cess. As a freshman on a team that featured seven seniors, NU went all the way to the Frozen Four, a trip that has never been repeated by a Huntington Avenue squad. But Madigan, a new addi- tion, more than held his own on the veteran dominated team by scoring 32 points on 13 goals and 19 assists for a team that won 25 games that year. His junior and senior seasons would be St. Francis Xavier University of Nova Scotia in an exhibi- tion game. Things will start to count on October 7 when NU hosts UMass-Amherst. Other highlights of the schedule include home and away games against Boston College {at Matthews Arena on October 22, at BC on November 1 I) and a pair of contests at Notre Dame on December 2-3 to be followed by a trip to the Mariucci Classic at the University of Minnesota on December 30-- 31. After New Year's, there's two more games with BC (at The Heights on January 14 and in the first round of the Beanpot on February 6}. The Beanpot Finals night is February 13. The regular season will close March 2-3 with road and home games against Boston University. North- eastern does not have a regular season game with Harvard but could face the Crimson in the second round of the Beanpot. The Hockey East Tourna- ment takes up the first por- tion of March the NC/ regionals to follow. If the Huskies do manage to gain a berth in the Frozen Four, they will be rewarded with a trip to Tampa to compete for the National Championship. Thus a new era in North- eastern hockey commences. If Madigan's enthusiasm is any indication, look for Northeastern to continue to improve as the years go on.