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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 12, 2011 ORNER TALK Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. MARIUSZ WACH WINS WBC INTERNATIONAL HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE win this fight. Elvin Ayala closed the match with several good shots. The winner by a 96-94, 96-94 and 97-93 decision: "Elvin lyala." Jose Antonio Riv- era, 40-6=1, a three time World Cham- pion; defeated Palll ~ Mpend0 7-8-4 by a unanimous eight- Elvin Ayala round decision. This (Photo by : is the second fight Emily Harney) WBC International Champion - for Jose Rivera after having taken two years Mariusz Wach off. Kevin McBride 35-10-1, 29 KO's, fought Arthur Szpilka 7-0, 5 KO's of Poland, con- Mariusz Wach 25-0, 13 KO's for the vacant vincingly defeated David Williams 6-5-1, 2 Heavyweight WBC International title. KO's via a right hook at 1:30 of the first Mariusz Wach is now WBC International round. The hook thrown by Szpilka at 1:53 Champion. Kevin McBride did not lose to of the first ended this fight for the night. just any fighter. He lost to a 25-0, 13 KO Down goes Williams. Winner is Arthur undefeated 6' 71/2'', 246 lb., talented fighter. Szpilka in the first round. Kevin McBride got stopped in the fourth Thomas Falowo 4-0, 4 KO's did convinc- round by a right hook. A saying I heard many ingly defeat Russ Niggenmeyer 2-3, 2 KO's years ago, "All heavyweights can hit." by stoppage in two. McBride got the opportunity to fight this CVS Pharmacy Technician Thomas great fight. He did so because of his status Falowo, like a Medicine Man, stopped his as a top worthy fighter. On April 9, 2011, he fourth professional opponent. fought Tomasz Adamek 43-10, August 11, Keith Kozlin 6-2-1, 4 KO's and Reynaldo 2010 Willie Phillips 19-1. Gary Winmon Rodriguez 5-2-1, fought to a four round draw. 25-7 and he ~tefeated Mike Tyson 50-5. Keith Kozlin said after the match that he Kevin McBride's credentials are authentic, could have gone six more rounds. A well He's a very good top fighter, who fought a fought battle between the two. Next time very good undefeated top fighter. He lost to match them up in a ten rounder. the better fighter that night. A message Ralph Johnson 0-2 fought Greg McCoy Kevin McBride. I send you special congratu, 3-3, 1 KO. In this "fight" Greg McCoy won by lations on your accomplishments in the a 38-37, 38-36, 38-36 decision. manly sport of warriors, boxing. Talented Edwin Soto 7-0-1, 2 KO's went Elvin Ayala 24-5-1, 11 KO's defeated 18-6, right hand wild on opponent Michael Denby 11 KO Derrick Findley. This match started 3-11-4, 2 KO's and stopped him at 2:26 of off making a statement. Ayala was knocked the third round. to the canvas IO seconds into the fight. Elvin Another draw this night as Agustine Ayala 0isagrcc(1 witll tile call 01: Itc/crcc Nflurfla 1-u anti tlOlliltIlilI1 Y~t~qu~ I-~ Benjy Esteves. This fight was fought for vic- exchanged many shots back and forth. tory by both. The crowd got into this match. "Bing!" "Pow!" "Barn!". Elvin Ayala answered back a cocky gesture Josh Harris 8-5, 6 KO's survived a first by Derrick Findley, who stomped his foot I round knockdown and got back up. Josh think to intimidate him. He responded with Harris stopped opponent Jose Torres 0-1 in laughter and a look of disdain to that ges- the 4th round of their four round fight. This ture back to Derrick Findley. This move was an entertaining fight card that got appeared to not intimidate Ayala, but spur the Fight Family Crowd to get behind the him on. Both fighters displayed a desire to matches. TREMAINE WILLIAMS l TOKA KAHN CLARY WIN MATCH IN USA OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS Olympic Trials. At the United States necticut defeated Luis Feliciano 11-6. 132 Olympic trials both fighters in the Challeng- lb. and Toka Kahn Clary of Providence, ers Bracket from New England won fights. Rhode Island defeated Kenneth Simms, Jr., 123 lb. Tremalne Williams of Hartford, Con- 24-19. CHRIS TRAIETTI AND EDWIN "LA BOMBA" RODRIQUEZ "DIRTY DANCE" WITH PUNCHES ON AUGUST 20, 2011 Chris Traie~tti Chris Traietti is Just off of a first round win over Scott Domenech of. Worcester in Dorchester. He's scheduled to fight, 18-0, 13 KO Edwin "I~ Bomba" Rodriquez of Worcester at the Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Edwin Rodriquez is World Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriquez (Photo by Emily Ilarney} Rated 8th by the IBF, IIth by the WBA and 13th by the WBC and WBO. Who is the best super middleweight in Massa- chusetts? When you go to Worcester "Fight for Victory!" Both fighters are talented, Remember the immortal words of Julius Caesar. Veni!, Vidi!, Vici! on his Conquest of Gaul, Which translates to "I came! I saw, I conquered!~ Here we are in August, a full six months before the Beanpot, but perhaps the important steps have already been taken by Boston Uni- versity -- the school that dominates the tournament -- to continue its leading role in that event. For in sports today, it's what is accomplished away from the venue of competition that is just as important as the contests themselves. It's at those times that the acqui- sition of players takes place. The athletes that will be the centers of attention come winter make their commit- ments. Thus, how teams will fare in the upcoming season is strongly determined by how successful the recruit- ing process goes. The statement that there are no off days, there are just days in which games are not played, has never carried more veracity. For it's the work done in the so-called off- season that determines the direction of the traditional in- season campaign. So, it was in early August that BU, the perennial pow- erhouse of the Beanpot and frequent NCAA qualifier, an- nounced its incoming class for men's hockey. It's a rather small class, consist- ing of only four players, but how those players perform for the Terriers during their ca- reers could well determine the outcome of the Beanpot and Hockey East Tourna- ments, as well as the ~ Regionals and beyond. The bulk of the class con- sists of a trio of three skat- ers who, if they perform for veteran coach Jack Parker anywhere near the level they did in their junior hockey careers, should continue to provide the winning consis- tency for which the program is known. Consider, for example, Cason Hohmann, a fresh- man forward who amassed 91 points via 31 goals and 60 as- sists in 113 games over the past two seasons while play- ing for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League. Some 55 of those points came last season when he went 22-33- 55 and had a plus 19 rating. "Cason simply makes his way with his great vision," offered Parker in an online statement. "He moves the puck at the right time and can also create for himself. We expect him to be a major contributor during his time at BU." Another freshman forward who signed on with the Ter- riers is Evan Rodrigues from Ontario. While playing with the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League the past two years, he put up 101 points on 41 goals and '64 assists over a span of 93 games. "Evan is a pure sniper," remarked Parker, who will begin his 39th sea- son behind the BU bench come October. "He's shown the ability to score every time we've seen him play. He's solid all around as well and will be a great addition to our forwards." On the defensive side, Alexx Privitera of Old Tappan, New Jersey showed that he can be quite an offensive minded defenseman as he scored 10 goals and assisted on 24 others for a total of 34 points while playing for the Michigan Lumberjacks of the USHL. Even when the sur- face changes he's also a star, having been a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2009 North American Roller Hockey Champion- ships. "Alexx was a big acqui- sition for our program," noted Parker~ "He's very similar to David Warsofsky (now in the Bruins organization) with his strong offensive games. He moves the puck well and is also really smart without it." Also added to the roster was Medford's Anthony Moccia, a practice goalie last season who has earned a spot on the varsity roster for the 2011- 2012 campaign. Moccia is a former captain and team MVP at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge. "Anthony served as a practice goaltender for us last year as a freshman," explained the coach. "He used his great work ethic to earn a spot on this year's roster. He'll enter the season as our third string goalie and will compete for playing time." IT WON~r BE LONG NOW -- As he left the Garden for the final time in June. coach f laude Jullen declalltd this summer would be a short one for the Bruins. Now we know how short. The Bruins have announced that the veteran9 will report on Thursday, September 16, just one day past their three month mark since winning the Stanley Cup. Full on-ice practices will begin the next day. The Bruins will actually get underway a few days earlier than that with a rookie camp penciled in before the veter- ans report. There will also be some rookie games -- the dates to be announced -- in the coming weeks. There will be two preseason home games at the Garden -- against the New York Islanders on Friday, Septem- ber 23rd and against the Ottawa Senators on Thurs- day, September 29'h. The Bruins open the pre- season by traveling to Ottawa on September 21*t. Other preseason games on the road include a contest with Montreal in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 25th fol- lowed by another matchup between the two teams the very next night in Montreal. The Bruins will also face off against the Islanders on October Ist in Bridgeport, CT. Opening night for the regular season is set for Thursday, October 6th at the Garden with the B's hosting the Philadelphia Flyers. This should be a gala evening with a number of former players on hand as the Champion- ship Banner is raised to the rafters.