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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 3, 2012 ]#' Co R NER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. World Champion Tony DeMarco has World Boxing Hall of Fame Credentials, We'd Like to See Tony Inducted in the Canastota, N.Y. World Boxing Hall of Fame. "Our Future is Now! For Fighters." So You're Tough, "Do You Really Want to Fight?" World title contender and one of the great politicians in history (longest serving auditor in Massachusetts history). A. Joseph DeNucci, standing with Undisputed World Welterweight Champion who co-participated in the "Fight of the 20 th Century" Tony DeMarco, who we would like to see both inducted into the Canastota, N.Y. World Boxing Hall of Fame together. Both have great credentials. Undisputed World Welterweight Boxing Champion Tony DeMarco, fought Carmen Basillo twice. They fought on, June I0, 1955 and again on November 30, 1955. Both were memorable battles. Their 1955 bout was voted Fight of the I00 year 20 th Century. World Champion Tony DeMarco fought many great Fighters, many were World Champi- ons. Many Great Fighters, are listed in his World Boxing record; Frankie Steele, Pat Demers, World Champion Paddy DeMarco, Wilbur Wilson (2), World Champion Carmen Basilio (2), Carlos Chavez, Ricky Ferreira, Johnny Cesario, George Araujo, World Champion Jimmy Carter, World Champion Johnny Saxton, Chico Vejar, World Champion Wallace Bud Smith, Vince Martinez, World Champion Kid Gavilan, Gaspar Ortega (3), Larry Boardman, Walter Byars, World Champion Virgil Akins (2), Eddie Connors, World Champion Don Jordan, and World Champion Denny Moyer. Many names of greats, are in his 58-12-I, 33 Kayo record. The era of the 50's, is one of the greatest in World Welterweight Boxing History. The results of Undisputed World Wel- terweight Champion Tony DeMarco, echoed around the World. We'd like to see World Champion Tony DeMarco, inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. His credentials are without question Worthy for Induction. It makes sense, for Tony DeMarco to be in the New York World Boxing Hall of Fame. We very much applaud you. If that was your intention to Induct this great representa- tive of Boxing into your prestigious Hall of Fame We applaud you and would attend this event in Droves. Myself and I know many others, would do as best we could to attend this great event. Undisputed World Wel- terweight Champion Tony DeMarco, is one of the most honorable respectful people I know. He's a Gentleman that represented our sport of Boxing Honorably. Thank you for your positive representation of "Boxing!" I was at the Dudley L. Brown V.F.W. in Onset, Massachusetts. Guest of Honor at this Wareham Democratic Town Commit- tee and Plymouth County Democratic League Annual Lobster Cookout was Con- gressman Barney Frank. Many local Demo- crats were here, for a farewell to Congress- man Barney Frank who served 17 terms of service for the United States of America. Fight Family Members in attendance were: Marine Bobby Stlvta, who boxed back in the 60's and was a very good fighter with many victories. Marine Bobby Silvia honorably served in Vietnam. Also in attendance was Ervin "Tootsie" Russell. Ervin also honor- ably served in our U.S. Armed services in Vietnam. He's the brother of boxer, RIP Leroy Russell. Also, Political hopeful Elizabeth Warren along with PQliticians; Congress, man William Keating and Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, John Buckley, Registry of Deeds and Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Steve Grossman attended this event. Tyisha Fernandes of FOX 25 Boston was here. Tyisha was born in Brockton and graduated from Howard University (Wash- ington DC) in 2002 earning a Broadcast Journalism Degree. She's an Edward R. Murrow Award recipient. Her Dad Julio Fernandes and her siblings are Kevin, Kerryn, Greg and Deanna. Her first TV job was in Midland, TX, at an NBC station. Even- tually Tyisha Fernandes moved to FOX 4 in Fort Myers, F.L. She's now at FOX 25 in Boston since November of 2010 as a news- reporter. We wish you "The Best!" I look at "Boxing!" like this ... Boxing, is a tough sport. You do the best you can against other tough trained fighters. You have to elevate yourself, to the height you hope to achieve. A professional should train with other experienced professionals. Training in a gym with amateurs and youngsters, causes a fighter to hold back and not reach their full potential. It's not a good thing to condition yourself (with lim- its) while hoping and trying to move on to better places in your chosen Profession. One has to move on, to do better. I chose to move on to a gym where sparring Partners would give me the competition needed to prepare myself for future tough professional fights. I was the Golden Glove Champion of the New Bedford area in 1970, '71, '72 & '73. In 1970 and 1971 a Welterweight and 1972 & 1973 as a Light Heavyweight. A saying in boxing is: "You Fight like you Train!" One does not stay in high school to become a profes- sional football, basketball, baseball player or professional boxer. You also don't stay in high school to become a doctor or a scien- tist. One advances on to college, after high school to prepare themselves to become a professional in their chosen field. That is what I did. I trained at the Boy's Club in New Bedford, which was a good gym. I had fought in my amateur career, some of the best fighters in the United States. I trained with some of the best fighters when I relo- cated to the Brockton Ward 5 Gym with trainer Vinnie Wecchione. There were some tough fighters I sparred with prepar- ing myself for tough fights. As an amateur, I fought twice in 1972 and 1973 Golden Glove Tournament Champion and 1973 National Golden Glove Champion, Bob Stewart of New York. I did pretty well. I won 4 Golden Glove titles and the New England A.A.U. titles in 1969, '71 and '73. When I won the New England A.A.U. Title in 1973, I won via three (3) First round knockouts in one night. I can now breathe, out of a nose that I was unable to breathe out of since my M.V.A. Now being able to breathe out of a nose that I could not breathe out of before is like a gift from God. I could not breathe at all out of my nose from 1958 to 1991. I wish to fight at my age. No excuses for my losses. I fought, some of the Best Fighters in the World as a Professional. "Ding!" I say this information for a reason? Always do the best you can. Never Give UpI That is one of the reasons, I fought; "Your Future is Now!" That is why I was a Bouncer for many years. To keep fights from happening in our Nightclubs. I express in these articles as I do that if you want to fight and you think you're as tough as you think you are ... Go to a gym and do it legally. Don't pick a fight on the street with someone you know you can beat or pick a fight with someone you know can beat "You up!" Hoping they won't fight you, to not get in trouble, or hoping they beat you up. "So you can get them in trouble." "You know who you are!" "DINGI" I say, "If you are that tough, or you think you are that tough. Go to the many boxing and/or M.M.A. gyms and train where you can't get the other person or yourself in trouble." Makes iot, Check ,them- out. "DingI, SOLID CORE FOR NEW COACH -- When newly ap- pointed UMass-Amherst men's hockey coach John Micheletto greets the players when they come back to campus next month, he'll be pleased that he will have a veteran team returning to the flagship campus of the state univer- sity system. The Minutemen will have 22 of 27 letterwinners re- turning from the 2011-2012 squad, a team that posted a 13-18-5 overall record and a 9-14-4 mark in Hockey East Conference play. Yes, the Minutemen sagged a bit last year but things are looking up. For within that group of 22 returning players are five of the team's top point producers from last sea- son, including juniors Mike Pereira (17 goals and 17 as- sists) and Melrose resident Conor Sheary (12 goals and 23 assists). In addition, UMass has three returning goalies in junior Jeff Teglia, plus sophomores Kevin Boyle and North Andover's Steve Mastalerz. Micheletto, who takes the reins as the 13 m head coach in the history of the UMass program, grew up in Chicago but went on to graduate from Milton Academy in 1984 where he served as team cap- tain. After graduating from Dartmouth as an English major, he played profession- ally in Europe and in the U.S. minor leagues. He has 21 years experi- ence in coaching, including Union College (1996-1999), Notre Dame (1999-2003) and at the University of Ver- mont, where he spent the last nine years, the final six as associate head coach and director of recruiting. He was behind the bench during the Catamounts' trip to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four. During his stint at UVM he coached or recruited 12 players who were selected in the NHL draft. A major positive concerning Micheletto's hiring was that it was an "internal" one, coming from the ranks of Hockey East coaches. This means that Micheletto already is grounded in the Conference, is familiar with fellow coaches and the strengths and weakness of each program in the conference. In short, there's far less of a learning curve than if someone was brought in from outside. He probably al- ready has a book on every program and all the signifi- cant players his team will face in the conference. This may bode well for the Minutemen as they seek to become contenders during the 2012-2013 season. REMEMBERING THE MU- SIC MAN -- That would be Ron Harry, the organist who played for the Bruins and Celtics at both the old Bos- ton Garden and the one for more than 20 years. He died August 8, 2004 while vaca- tioning in Hawaii. IN MEMORIAM -- Mourn- ing .the loss of long,-time Harvard University baseball coach Joe Walsh, who died suddenly at his home in Chester, New Hampshire on July 3 I. Joe coached Harvard for 17 seasons, winning five Ivy League titles in the pro- cess. Before coming to the Crimson, he was a success- ful coach for 15 years at Suf- folk University, his alma mater. PAUSING TO RECALL -- The man behind the 1980 Miracle on Ice. The man who believed before no one else did. We speak, of course, of Coach Herb Brooks, who died in a one-car accident in his native Minnesota nine years ago on August 11, 2003. He was 66 years old. Before that epic fortnight, Brooks was a highly estab- lished coach, having won three NCAA Division I Cham- pionships while coaching at the University of Minnesota. After the Olympics he coached in the NHL for seven seasons with four different teams. THE DEADLINE LOOMS -- Yes, it's August and as of this writing the most important action of the 2012-2013 Na- tional Hockey League sea- son has not taken place. What is it? The action that will deter- mine whether indeed there is a season, a partial season or no season at all. It's the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement be- tween the players union and the league. The current CBA expires on September 15. If the parties can't come to an agreement by then all pre- season games will probably be lost and the early October start to the regular season will be placed in jeopardy. There will be no wiggle room. Camps will close and the players will go home (or over- seas to play ff there is a long shutdown). BU RELEASES SCHEDULE -- Boston University has released its hockey schedule for the upcoming season. The Terriers, coached by vet- eran mentor Jack Parker, will play the University of Toronto in an exhibition game at Agganis Arena on October 7 and then open the regular season by hosting Hockey East opponent Providence College on October 13. BU will visit the University of North Dakota for a two- game series set for Novem- ber 2-3 in Grand Forks. The state of North Dakota is the least visited of all the 50 states by tourists. The Ter- riers are part of that tradi- tion. They have not been there since the 1996-1997 season. Then in late December the Terriers once again will travel out west to battle the University of Denver on December 29 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Other highlights include three games against arch- rival (and defending national champion) Boston College, a January game against Harvard and a first round Beanpot matchup with city +rival Northeastern.