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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 31,2012 by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. REST IN PEACE Abodunrin "'Big Bo'" Akinyanju Abodunrin "Big Bo" Akinyanju died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Delaware on August 17 th. Bo was 28 years old. He leaves behind a wife and baby boy who was born on August 12, 2012. In honor of "Big Bo," current undefeated Welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison has donated his entire purse to the Akinyanju's family from his August 25 fight. Keystone Boxing, who promoted the last bout that "Big Bo" participated in on March 10, has set up a me- morial fund to raise money for his family. One hundred per- cent of the funds will go to the family. To make a donation log on to keystoneboxing. chipin.com/bo-akinyanju- memorial-fund. We send ourdeepest condolences to the "Big Bo's" family and friends. Boston Area Fighters R Fight Their Way "To the Top" One of These Great Fighters is Undefeated 49-0, 43 KOs World Heavyweight Champion "Rocky Marciano" to be Honored 1969 New England A.A.U. & Golden Glove Champions We Celebrate Our Past, Present, and Future Champions from Boston and Boston area, "fought!" their way to the "top!" Area fighters have played a significant role in world fight history as champions and as individuals who've knocked on the door to sitting on the throne of champions in boxing. "Boston "Boston Strong Boy" Strong Boy" John L. John L. Sullivan Sullivan won the Bare-Knuckle World Heavyweight title on February 7, 1882 de- feating Paddy Ryan by a Kayo in the 9 th round. Jack Sharkey defeated Max Schmeling on June 21, 1932 to win the World Heavyweight Title. Brockton Blockbuster Rocky Marciano defeated Jersey Joe Walcott September 23, 1952, and won the World Heavyweight Title by Kayo in round 13. Brookline fireflghter and U.S. Marine Paul Pender won the World Middleweight Title from Sugar Ray Robinson on January 22, 1960. Paddy Duffy of Boston, claims World WElterweight title October 30, 1888, when he defeats by kayo in 17-rounds Will- iam McMiIlan. Billy (Honey) Mellody from Charlestown, defeats Joe Walcott on Novem- ber 29 1906, to win the Welterweight Title. Mike (Twin) Sullivan hailing from Cam- bridge wins the Welterweight Title from Honey Mellody on April 23, 1907 by decision in 20-rounds. Mike Glover of Lawrence on June 1, 1915 won the World Title from. Matt Wells in a 12-round decision. Fame and Fury of Fleet Street Tony DeMarco kayo's Johnny Saxton on April I, 1955 in 14-rounds and wins World Welterweight Title. N.B.A. Featherweight Champion Sal Bartolo, wins decision over Phil Terranova in 15-rounds on March I0, 1944. Boston born Sandy Saddler wins World Featherweight Title on October 29, 1948, from Willie Pep. Jimmy Walsh of Newton, wins World Bantamweight Title on October 20, 1905, from Digger Stanley. Pre-'60s was a fantastic era. We look to our recent past the '70s, to the fighters of the 20  century. Then to our future! Now there's not just boxing, there's the M.M.A. and Cage Fighting. Great fighters and champions from the '70s to fighters of the 21 st century, with eyes on the prize of winning titles "now!" Great champions of our recent past. World Champions: Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Irish Micky Ward, John "The Quietman" Ruiz and fighters of our future. Fighters of the 21 st century who are knocking on the doors of championships: Ryan Kielczewski, Danny O'Connor and Derek Silveira. "Who will be next?" Heavyweight Champion great Rocky Marciano compiled the greatest Heavy- weight boxing record in history. The City of Brockton, the Rocky Marciano family and the great Rocky Marciano will be honored in Brockton on September 23 rd. A 22-foot high statue of 49-0-0, 43 knockout great Rocky Marciano will be unveiled before the fans of this great fighter. This great $250,000 gift will be presented to Brockton by WBA Presi- dent Jose Sulaiman, and the World Boxing Association. Dan Couco brought to our attention, a copy of a 1969 newspaper article listing 1969 New England A.A.U. champions who fought at and won their title at the Boston Arena. Cham- pions listed: 112 lb. Joe De Fayette Taunton, 119 lb. Ray Santos New Bedford, 132 lb. Dick Nunziato Somerville, 139 lb. Reinaldo Oliveira Wareham, 147 lb. Joey Francis Manchester NH, 156 lb. Bee Core Boston, 165 lb. Roosevelt Molden Boston, 175 lb. Paul Cardoza Wareham, Heavyweight Gene McCarthy Somerville. N.E.A.A.U. Champion Joey Francis won the Walter A. Brown Memorial Award, he's a holder of two (2) Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in Viet- nam. N.E,A.&U. 165 lb. Champion Roosevelt Molden is also a National Golden Glove Champion. Champion Roosevelt Molden won the George V. Brown Memorial award as the tournaments Outstanding Boxer. New England Golden Glove Open Champi- ons: 112 lb. Tom Demogenes Lowell, 118 lb. Ed Lehan Boston Boxing, 126 Ibs. Wayne Cote Lowell, 135 lb. Jim Jaynes, 147 Ib Joey Francis, 160 lb. Roosevelt Molden Boston, 175 lb. Dick Czelewicz Lowell, and Heavy- weight Bennie Dragoli Lowell. UFC Hall of Fame fighter Randy Couture is a five-time champion, starring in this summer's blockbuster film "The Expend- ables 2" now in theaters. Hope you had a Happy Birthday: August I st Ted Sares, 4  Jimmy Farrell, 5  Tom Dargin and Kevin Green, 7  Tom Martini, 12 th Joe Spina, 15 th Joe Feeney and Leo Gerstel, 18 th Roger "Pit" Perron, 19  Chic Rose and George Kreger Jr., 22 nd Paul Raymond and World Champion Harold "Chubby" Gomes, 24 th Lee Meader, 25 th Gentleman Jim McNally, 26  Mark Vas, 28 th Steve Memishian, 30 th Joe DeNucci. Happy Birthday to: September 1st Brockton Blockbuster Rocky Marciano, Chris Traietti and Billy Mofford,.3 rd Ed Fitzgerald, 4 th Paul Poirier and Kurt DeCicco, 5  Jerry Coli and Jim Prokop, 11 m Mike Joyce and Bill Pender, 19  Mickey Finn and World Champion Willie Pep, 23 rd Scan Creegan and Mike Twin Sullivan, 25  Mike "Little Rock" Cappiello. Upcoming Fights September I "t on "HBO" from New York; Genndy Golovkin vs. Grzegorz Proksa Middleweight and Sergiy Dzinziruk fights Jonathan Gonzalez Super-Middleweights. September 8 th on HBO from Oakland, Cali- fornia, Chad Dawson fights Andre Ward for the Super-Middleweight Title. GKITING CLOSER -- As the Labor Day Weekend bench- mark passes on the calendar, the NHL comes closer to a shutdown. If the two sides in the labor negotiations don't come to an agreement by September 15, a lockout will be put in place, pre-season games will be cancelled and the mid-October start of the regular season will be placed in serious jeopardy. Several people I have talked to in the past few weeks feel that there will be a lockout. Some think things will be settled in time for the Winter Classic -- the annual outdoor game that this season is set for New Year's Day in Michi- gan. At least one feels that the entire season will be lost, much like 2004-2005 when no NHL hockey was played. That would really be a sorry scenario. You would think that both sides would have learned a lot from the year- long lockout situation of sev- eral years ago. If they haven't, get set for a long, hard, cold winter around NHL arenas as the months go by. BURSTING AT THE SEAMS -- When Northeastern men's head hockey coach Jim Mad- igan greets his team early in September he may well have to bring a set of name cards with him. That's because the Huskies feature a roster of 30 players who will take to the ice in pre- season drills. The roster was bolstered by an incoming freshman class of 12 players, the largest to arrive on the Huntington Avenue campus since the 2005-2006 season when 13 came aboard. Madigan is hoping that they will more than fill the void left by the loss of eight players from last year's ros- ter. Two graduated, two turned pro, one transferred and three chose not to return to school. "I'm really excited and pleased with the class and how they're going to make an impact on our program," said the second year coach. "As is the case with most fresh- men, there will be a period of getting adjusted to college hockey for most of them. I'm very confident that in a short period of time, they'll be right up to speed and will be able to contribute to our success." This should be a program where the freshmen will have the opportunity to have their share of ice time and show what they can contribute. The 2011-2012 edition of the Hus- kies finished at 13-16-5 over- all and were 9-14-4 in Hockey East -- a ninth place finish in the 10-team conference. There isn't a goalie among the newcomers so senior Chris Rawlings will probably get the bulk of the work in net -- as he did last year, playing 31 games. He'll be backed up by junior Clay Witt and senior Bryan Mountain. NU will get to know where it is as a program early in the season since the Huskies play host to defending na- tional champion Boston College on October 13 and then meet BC again at The Heights on October 20. They will also host the Eagles on January 19. Northeastern's only trip away from New England will come on Veteran's Day Weekend when the Huskies play two games at Alabama- Huntsville (November 10-1 i). They will play at Harvard on December 29 and then face Boston University four times in the 2013 portion of the schedule. The first meeting will occur at Agganis Arena on Janu- ary 18 while the second will take place in the opening round of the Beanpot Tourna- ment, set for February 4 at the Garden. The teams will close out the regular season with a two-game series -- March 8 at Matthews Arena and March 9 at Agganis Arena. SEVEN FOR THE CRIMSON -- Harvard men's hockey coach Ted Donato has an- nounced that seven fresh- men will be joining the team. They will join a squad that was rejuvenated last year as it made its way to the ECAC championship game. The new group of players includes five forwards, a de- fenseman and a goalie. North Reading's Jimmy Vesey, a forward, is the only local player in the group, having played his school hockey at Belmont Hill. Last year, while playing for the South Shore Kings in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, he was named the league's MVP as well as the Offensive Player of the Year. His father Jim played in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues and the Bruins. Pete Traber of Birming- ham, Michigan is the incom- ing goalie. He played four years of high school hockey before moving on to the North American Hockey League. Last season he had a 2.26 goals against average and a .906 save percentage while playing with the Topeka Roa- drunners, a season that in- cluded three shutouts and a 218-minute scoreless streak. Goalies Raphael Girard and Steve Michalek both return for the Crimson. Raphael had an outstanding 2011-2012 season, being voted Harvard's Most Improved Player after ranking fifth nationally in save percentage (.933) and 12  in goals-against-average (2.14). As a freshman last season, Michalek was named to the All-lvy second team and recorded a Beanpot win in the consolation game against Northeastern. Harvard had a so-so record last year (13-10-11 overall, 8-5-9 ECAC) but came on strong in the playoffs. The team set an NCAA record for ties in a single season (11) but those points enabled Harvard to earn a third place finish in the regular season. After a first round bye, the Crimson took out Yale in the ECAC best-of-three quarter- finals and then beat Cornell 6-1 in the semifinals before losing to Union 3-1 in the championship game.