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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. September I0th Ring 4 Members Meeting The 13th Pug's Luncheon at the Florian Hall in Dorchester Vinny "Pazmanian Devil" Paz Inducted into Hall of Fame UFO's Anderson Silva wins by TKO Over Yushin Okami Some of the Greatest Gyms and Fighters are from the Boston Area "Gym Wars!" John 'The Quietman" Ruiz Opens "Quietman Gym" Happy Fight Family Birthdays Wood. God Bless you, our fight family prayers are with you all. Congratulations Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Paz. Along with six members of the boxing fraternity, will be leadig a distinguished gath- ering of members into the 2011 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame: five-time World Champion Vinny Paz, 1996 U.S. Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey, Boxing Judge Glenn S. Feldman, Erie RIP Charles "Babe" Wood Harding, Kelvin Anderson, Fisherman's Feast "2011 and the best of health to Billy Taylor and Dr. Michael his wonderful wife, Shirley Schwartz. Vinny Paz has Man of the Year" World Wood. God bless you both. always been one of my favor- Champion Tony DeMarco, pictured with top Heavy- ite fighters. He always brings weight who was in the ring high energy into the ring. Ring 4 will hold their next He's always in "High gear!" with World Heavyweight meeting at Lindsey's in to win. Congratulations to Champion Larry Holmes. Wareham on September I0th Vinny Paz. He defeated Happy Birthday Ronnie at I0:00 am. Come on down. many of the best the world "Bevelaqua" Drinkwater. Honored will be boxing has to offer. James Toney, Evander Judge Don O'Neill, a highly At UFC 134, Anderson Holyfield, David Haye, David regarded member of the box- Siiva 30-4 defeated Yushin Tua and Jimmy Thunder. ing fraternity for many years. Okami 27-6 by way of a TKO Many great fighters are in- As a boxing official he's at 2:04 of round 2. I read that cluded in his great 44-9-1, worked for many years and Roy Jones Jr., is a fighter 30 KO record. judged many title fights. Also that Anderson Silva ad- HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Ring 4 President Mickey mires. Anderson Silva is Finn will have for sale at this tough and a great fighter Let's have some "Punch!" meeting "Ring 4 T-shirts." that is maneuverable from to celebrate the Happy Birth- They're great. They're black many positions, days of Fight Family mem- with a green club logo on it. Boston and Brockton have bers: August 24th Lee Come on down. We always some of the best gyms in the Meader, 26a Mark Vas, 28th Steve Memishian, Trainer have a great time at our world. Great trainers, fight- of Champions Angelo Dun- meetings, ors and gyms making them dee. September Ist Chris We also have great turn- championship cities. outs for Pug Luncheons at Traietti, Billy Mofford. RiP Florian Hall in Dorchester. World Champion Rocky So come on down September Marciano, 3rd Daniel Fitz- 13th and dine with the Pugs. gerald, 4th Paul Poirier, 9th Pug Ring Leader Tom Mar- Bobby Bolster, 11th Mike tini has another fantastic Joyce, 16a George Maddox, time planned. 19th Mickey Finn and RIP Let's all get together and World Champion Willie Pep, 23rd Sean Creegan and RIP pray for Pat Martini, the won- derful wife of Tom Martini. Mike "Twin" Sullivan, 25th Terry Nelson, the wonderful Mike "Little Rock" Cappiello lady friend of Jimmy Connors and Anthony Russell, Oeto- as she is recovering from ill- ber 4th World Champion hess and is Also, Irish Micky Ward, 6th Peter we'll pray for the wonderful McNeeley and RIP World Shirley WoOd, the wife of Mr. Boxing, Charles "Babe" One of the great tra/ners in the world Goody Petronelli. Trainer of World Middle- weight Champion great Marvelous Marvin Hagler, pictured to the left of Top fighter in his era Jimmy Connors, who fought a decision with the great Willie Pep. Picture of John Ruiz, on the front cover of New England Ringside. Titled "Ruiz Repeat Heavyweight champ is New England Fighter of the Year." (The cover photo on this magazine, was taken by great photographer Emily Harney ) Two time WBA Heavy- weight boxing champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz has opened a gym in Medford. This fight gym is available with many "Arts of Self Defense." Here are some of the many accom- plishments of World Heavy- weight Champion John Ruiz. He fought many of the great fighters in the world: Nikolay Valuev, Jameel McCline, Otis Tisdale, Rusian Chagaev, Andrew Golota, Fres Oquendo, Tony Tucker, Hasim Rahman, Roy Jones Jr., Ray Anis, It didn't take new North- eastern men's hockey coach Jim Madigan long to show that the Huskies will mean business with him at the helm. Just as the academic year was about to begin NU un- veiled its incoming hockey class. And it's a fairly large one -- seven players in all -- coming to Matthews Arena to fill the vacancies left by five seniors who graduated in May. The group includes four for- wards and three defensemen, one is a native of Massachu- setts while another played two seasons for BU. Defenseman Dan Cornell hails from Abington and was a star at powerhouse Catho- lic Memorial High School be- fore playing a season at Kimball Union Academy and another for the Philadelphia Revolution of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. During the 2008-2009 sea- son Cornell scored seven goals and had nine assists as CM skated to a Catholic Con- ference Championship and a Division 1 Super 8 title with a 15-4-4 mark. For his efforts he was named to the Catho- lic Conference All-Star Team as well as being presented with the CM Unsung Hero Award. In 2009-2010 he helped Kimball Union Academy win a regular season title and the Small School Championship via a 24-8-2 mark. Last year he was captain of the Phila- delphia squad but missed 19 games due to injury. Cornell also has made his mark in baseball, having played the outfield for Catho- lic Memorial and later serv- ing as team captain on the diamond at Kimball Union while playing shortstop. The other player that may be known to local hockey fans is Vinny Saponari who is coming to Huntington Av- enue following a couple of years on Commonwealth Av- enue (Boston University) with a season in the United States Champion Jack Sharkey, 7th Hockey League sandwiched in between. Bill McCluskey, 10th George ...... th ~aponan, a Iorwara, piayea Colton 12 trainer of World . , . .... . ,,-" ~ .. es a "ng the Champions Goody Petr0~~~~ a u~_ . , ,h b~Y uts-~t~ seas tha~ cui- BndP?ddy jD:cffk' lt~;e~15th Z:nated in an ~L Divi- ...... ~' _ sion 1 National Champion- Konnie uevemqua urinK- water. RIP World Champion ship for the Terriers. He John L. Sullivan, 20th Paul scored eight goals and as- Barry, 24th RIP trainer of sisted on nine others for a World Champion Charles total of 17 points during that "Babe" Wood, 28~ Our fight memorable season. Then last season he played family prayers go out to for the Dubuque Fighting Shirley Wood on her birth- Saints of the USHL where he day, 29th Olympic World finished sixth in league scor- Champion Wilbert Skeeter ing with 64 points (18-46-64) McClure. in 56 games to go with a +17 UPCOMING BOUTS plus/minus rating. September I0th HBO from In addition, the team cap- Wroclaw, Poland -- Vitali tured the Clark Cup, awarded Klitschko battles Tomasz to the league champions. Adamek. For the WBC Dubuque posted a 37-14-9 Heavyweight title, record during its title run. 17th HBO-PPV from Los Overall, Northeastern will Vegas- Hector Ortiz fights have a 26-man roster this Floyd Mayweather. WBC season with 19 players re- World Welterweight title, turning from the 2010-2011 17th HBO-PPV Victor Ortiz campaign that saw the Hus- brawls with Lucas Matthysse kies finish 14-16-8 overall for the Vacant Jr. Welter- (10-10-7 in Hockey East). One weight Title. of the stats that need im- provement is in the home record department. NU was only 6-9-3 at Matthews Arena last year and actually had a slightly better mark on the road (7-5-5). The Huskies will get a chance to start improving on that home record right away, hosting UMass-Amherst in the regular season opener on October 7. EAGLES ON THE COURT -- It will be a two-part season for the 2011-2012 men's basket- ball team at Boston College. For starters, the Eagles will open with 14 non-league games, with a number of those contests featuring other colleges in New En- gland as opponents. The sec- ond part of the schedule is devoted to 16 consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference matchups as BC hopes for success over the course of the 30-game schedule under second year head coach Steve Donahue. BC opens the season by hosting New Hampshire on November 14, then plays at Holy Cross on November 18 followed by a home game at The Heights against UMass- Amherst on November 21. The Eagles will host BU (De- cember 3), then play at Provi- dence (December 8) and meet Harvard at Chestnut Hill on December 29. The last game against a regional foe will come on January 2 when the Eagles meet Rhode Island at The Heights. The strategy is a popular one in top Division 1 men's basketball. Playing historic, but usually weaker regional teams keeps those rivalries alive and local interest up. It is also hoped that the stron- ger team will bank as many victories as possible towards the magic 20-win figure that usually guarantees a spot in the NCAA "March Madness" Tournament. If a team wins a lot of these games in the early going and then posts around a .500 record in the tougher league matchups that should be enough to do it. Thus, when BC begins the challenging ACC portion of its schedule at North Carolina on January 7, it would be good ff the Eagles already had 10-12 victories behind them. Then, achieving the 20-win mark would be easier. We'll see if that strategy works this year. In addition, former Hobart College head coach Izzi Metz has joined the Eagles staff as director of operations. Metz was the head coach of the upstate New York school from 2006 to 2011. Last year he led the Statesmen to the Liberty League regular season title and the ECAC Upstate Tour- nament Championship as his squad compiled a 21-7 record. Earlier in his coach- ing career he had been on coach Donahue's staff at Cornell University. Although the academic year has just begun, the start of college basketball practice is not far off. It usually starts around October 15. It'll be here before you know it.