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.... ... . . . . , . o Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 5, 2011 ,11 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Trainer Freddie Roach with fighters Danny Long and Leo Gerstel. PUG'S LUNCHEON BE THERE!!! August 9, 2011 at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. Come on down to this Pug's Luncheon, put on by Pug ring leader Tommy Martini Richard Hand has donated clothing left by his recently departed father. Come on down and kindly accept this donated clothing left by Richard Hand. Our prayers and thanks go out to Richard Hand, Jr., and Sr. We salute you. I'll see what I have to donate, too. AMIR KHAN AND FREDDY ROACH DEFEAT ZAB JUDAH AND PERNELL WHITAKER WBA Super Junior Welter- weight Champion Amir Khan has Freddie Roach in his cor- ner. He fought IBF Junior Welterweight champion Zab Judah with Pernell Whitaker in his corner. Amir Khan is 26-1 with 18 KO's, and Zab Judah is 41-7 with 28 KO's. Training Professor Freddie Roach is a great trainer. Khan is favored four to one. Michael Buffer got them ready to rumble, which they did. He also recognized the passing of Butch Lewis, R.I.P. Rounds 1-5 clearly went to Amir Khan. This fight was stopped at 2:47 of the fifth round. Amir Khan hit Zab Judah with a punch that ap- peared on the trunk waist- line area. Zab Judah went down from this punch. The referee counted to 10 and waved the match over. Amir Khan won by 5  round stop- page. "Good call." Amir Khan appears to be destined to go very far in boxing. He punches well, has good lever- age, good height, ability and an "Ace!" in his corner is Freddie Roach. FREDDIE ROACH IS TRAINING THE 2012 USA BOXING TEAM Freddie Roach, trainer of World Champion great Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. Freddie Roach was an alternate on our 1976 Olym- pic Boxing Team. He's con- sultant to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing program competing in England. Freddie Roach is great. He says that he will not work corners but will be involved in mostly all other steps of preparing the fighters. Since 1992, only three U.S. boxers have won Gold Medals. Oscar De La Hoya, David Reid and Andre Ward. I admire Freddie and what he has accom- plished. Our 2012 Olympic Boxing Team is in good hands. Other tough Dedham fighters: Iron Mike Pusateri, Paul Stivaletta, Steve Luna and the rest of the fighting Roach family, Paul Roach Sr., Paul Roach Jr., Pepper Roach, Joey Roach and Al Roach. Calvin Brown FIGHTERS MAKE GREAT POLITICIANS Let's talk about Joe DeNucci, Calvin Brown, Stephen Lynch and Manny Pacquiao. Politicians that "Fight for the People." Those that administer to making things better. They're "Figu- ratively Fighters!" Fighters make great politicians. They actually fight their way to the top. Facing real adversity. To be the best you compete against the best. Fighting as an athlete, as an iron worker, a politician or in any other profession Facing ad- versity eye to eye. Prepar- ing oneself through studying, training and listening Standing up to the difficult task before them. Fighters get knocked down. They "Get Back Up!" When they get knocked down again? They get back up again if they can and fight back harder. Just as great politicians do in debates for a cause. If they stay down they lose. You can only win if you get back up. That's what I see in fighters. Please read Webster's New World Dictionary definition of fighting: %.. To take part in struggle, contest, etc., against a foe or for a cause! Politicians fight for society. They fight factors to make society better. John F. Kennedy fought for U.S. Americans, to help make this the great country it is. DID YOU SEE "SUGAR RAY ROBINSON?" A great show! Sugar Ray Robinson was on Satur- day July 16 th. Sugar Ray Robinson was born Walker Smith. He was undefeated as an amateur, 85 straight wins. Winning 69 by KO, 40 knock outs in the first round. As a professional he fought as Sugar Ray Robinson. He retired having had 202 pro- fessional bouts. Winning 175 and 109 by Kayo. Sugar Ray was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1967. He fought great fighters: Sammy Angott, Fritzie Zivic, Marty Servo, Jake LaMotta, Jackie Wilson, Denny Moyer, Terry Downes, Joey Giardello, Art Hernandez, Joey Archer, Henry Armstrong, Tommy Bell, Kid Gavilan, Carl (Bobo) Olson, Robert Villemain, Holly Mims, Randy Turpin, Rocky Graziano, Joey Maxim, Ralph Jones, Rocky Castel- lani, Ralph Dupas, Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio. He fought in Boston: Freddie Cabral, Ralph Zannelli, Georgie Martin, lzzy Jan- nazzo, Vic Dellicurti, Joe Rindone, Bob Young and Paul Pender. In Worcester: Freddie Wilson. Providence: Cecil Hudson, Al Hauser and in New Bedford: Freddie Flores. The professional ca- reer of Sugar Ray Robinson was from October 4, 1940 to November i0, 1965, (25 years). He won his first world title on December 20, 1946 and fought his last world title fight on March 4, 1961. Sugar Ray Robinson served in the United States Army with Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis during World War II. They say he had an EGO! Going into his 1951 title fight with Jake LaMotta, Robinson had 120 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws, 79 KO's. I thank Johnny Bos on making Fight Family mem- bers aware of information. Franco D'Orio. You make aware one of the best pros- pects out of New England, who you thought could have been a World Champion. HAPPY FIGHT FAMILY BIRTHDAYS July 28 th John Scully, 29 th RIP Mickey Dwyer, 30 th Dick Flaherty, August I st Ted Sares, 4 th Jimmy Farrell, 5 th Tom Dargin and Kevin Green, 7 th Tom Martini, 12  Joe Spina, 15 th Joe Feeney, 18 th Roger "Pit" Perron, 19 th Chic Rose and George Kreger Jr., 24 th Lee Meader, 25 th, Jim McNally, 28 th Steve Memishian, 30 th Joe DeNucci, UPCOMING FIGHTS August 4 tu on FSN from Colorado: Mike Alvarado vs. Gabriel Martinez. August 6 th Live at the Boys & Girls Club in Holyoke. Derrick Whitley vs. Adam Harris, Joseph Perez vs. Kevin Carmody, Jair Ramos vs. Joel Alacron, etc. August 13 *h on Showtime from Las Vegas, Joseph Agbeko dukes it out with Abner Meres. IBC Bantam- weight championship fight. He was only with us one season but when you looked across at the Celtic bench from the media seating area high on the opposite side, it was normal to see Lawrence Frank up and out of his seat, gesturing with his hands, giving directions and waving his notepad in the air. And you kind of had the feeling that being an assis- tant coach with the Celtics -- as he was for the 2010- 2011 season -- was a stop- over position for him. He only gave one press confer- ence that we can recall -- and that was during the exhibition season -- but we left the Garden that night thinking that Lawrence Frank the assistant coach had just displayed some of the media relations skills of a head coach. Thus, it was not a surprise to learn that Frank will be the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons, ready to go whenever the lockout ends. Of course, that should not have been taken as un- usual, since Frank had pre- viously been a head coach -- with, the New Jersey Nets -- meaning that he had honed both his coaching and his communication skills before a very savvy Greater New York press corps. Frank had an alpha-omega career in the Garden State, leading the team on a 13- game winning streak after replacing Byron Scott in January, 2004. In a league where what-have-you-done for-me-lately is all that really matters, it was an 0-16 start in the fall of 2009 that sent him packing, later to resur- face as a member of Doc Rivers' staff last season. While here he was as- signed to work with the play- ers on defense -- an aspect of the game that the team as a whole -- and Kevin Garnett in particular -- value highly. And certainly it is a credit to Frank, known throughout the league for his preparation via long hours of work, that the C's finished first in the NBA in the crucial category of few- est points allowed per game (91.1) and second in field goal percentage defense (43.4 percent). We always liked Frank because his career was so unconventional. If you played high school basket- ball, even if it was only JV, you played a higher level of basketball than did Lawrence Frank. That's because the high- est level of hoops played by Frank was CYO basketball. But while he didn't advance farther on the floor, he went on to learn from one of the most well known -- and some say one of the most controversial -- coaches in America. You see, when it came time for college, Lawrence Frank chose a basketball school in a basketball state. He chose Indiana and became affiliated with its storied basketball team. Not as a player, of course. No, Frank became the stu- dent manager. And it was that job that provided him with a first rate basketball education. For four years as the student manager, he attended all the practices and sat right next to head coach Bob Knight during all games. Frank learned by watching Knight coach. It was the former head coach at Army in essence tutoring the native of Teaneck, NJ. Let's just say that Frank turned out to be a prize pupil. Frank was able to par- lay his experience with Knight into assistant coach- ing positions at other schools with well-known basketball programs: Marquette -- the Alma mater of Doc Rivers -- and Tennessee. He later moved on to an NBA assistant position with Vancouver and eventually took a similar position with New Jersey before being named the head coach. Frank was only 34 when he took over for Scott in the Meadowlands. The Nets made it all the way to the conference finals on three occasions during the time he was directing from the bench. So now life begins again at 40 for Frank as he takes over a team that has missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. There's been quite a bit of turnover in the Motor City since 2000. Considering that Frank will be Detroit's sixth coach in 11 seasons. He'll be taking over a team that has had three consecu- tive losing seasons and dis- played some unrest in the ranks last year under coach John Kuester. The sad days of the recent past seem to have eclipsed the prior good times that saw the Pistons advance to the Eastern Con- ference Finals six straight times and capture the 2004 NBA Championship. But that was then and this is now. Frank reportedly has a three-year deal (with the option for a fourth) to see if he can get it done. Depending on when the lockout ends, the Celtics are scheduled to play at Detroit on November 27 and Janu- ary 7 while the Pistons are set to visit Boston on De- cember 30 and February 15. A basketball commentator opined that while Frank might not be able to produce a winning team right out the box in his first season with the Pistons two things were all but certain: that the Pistons coaching staff would never enter a game underprepared and that Frank would never be out coached. We would add that if the defensive game can be raised a notch or two look for the team from the Motor City to possibly contend for a lower level playoff berth come spring. After all, for Lawrence Frank life is beginning again at 40.