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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETI'E, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Co TALK ' R NER by R00,n00i00o O,voir00, Jr. "Great Battle Brewing" September 15 'h, 2012 World Champion Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Serglo Hartinez World WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 46-0-I, 32 KO's and Sergio Martinez 49-2- 2, 28 KO's, "Battle!" in Las Vegas on September 15 th. The way these two guys fight, this fight could possi- bly be a "Fight of the Year" candidate. These two fight- ers are battlers, and when they come to fight, they "Fight!" These two fighters have demonstrated on many occasions that they are fear- less. Their mindset: "To come, to see and to con- quer," with their no non- sense fight-style. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., has fought fighters: John Duddy, Sebastian Zbik, Luciano Leonel Cuello, Matt Vanda, and Peter Manfredo Jr., and remains undefeated. Oppo- nent Sergio Martinez, has fought: Paul Williams, Kelly Pavlik, Antonio Margarito, Serhiy Dzinziruk and has only two losses versus no- table contestants. This fight is on September 15, 2012. Check it out. Should be plenty of action. Remembering Vinnle "Curley" Vecchione of Ward 5 Gym in Brockton, R.I.P. I'd like to mention the name of Trainer Vinnie Vecchione of Brockton, R.I.P. Vinny Vecchione a talent to train- ing many fighters to high respect and recognition in the Fight World. He's guided many of these fighters to high acclaim, fighting the best in the world. Most of these fighters he's trained have won one or another title amateur and/or profes- sional. Juan "Butcher Boy" Botta, Jimmy Corkum, Bobby Casteneda, Ronnie "Bevelaqua" Drinkwater, Steve DoveU, Billy Duquette, Freddie Duquette, Steve Derowen, Jimmy Farrell, Joe Feeney, Leo Gerstel, Ronnie Gerstel, Joe Jacobs, Tony Lopes, "Gentleman" Jim McNally, Rick Marinick, Brian McDonough, Peter Juan "Butcher Boy" Botta, with World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo. McNeeley, Dan O'Malley, Mike O'Han, Paul Poirier, Nick Previti, Stanley Santos, Pat Stapleton, Chris Sarno, Jackie Smith, Peter Skalletsis, Rich Torsney, Dan Trazinski, Donnell Wigfall, Earl Will- iams, Joe Cifelli, Brian O'Donnell, Paul Cina, Nell Sullivan, Dick Bell amongst many other tough fighters who trained there. I trained there, too. Every fighter you sparred with was like a championship fight. No one was easy at the Ward 5 Boxing Gym in Brockton. All fighters named were tal- ented and skilled. Fighters will usually say that gym fights are sometimes the tough- est. Well, gym fights at the Ward 5 were always tough. Some History on World Champions who fought in the area: Lou Bogash won by decision over Mickey Walker when they fought in Boston on June 26, 1922. Dick O'Brien fought a 25-round Draw with Charles "Kid" McCoy in Boston on Ring 4 Update ... Ring 4 President Mickey Finn again dem- September 8 th, As in the past, he planned onstrated his ability as a great Ring 4 presi- another fantastic 2013 Hall of Fame Ban- dent. In his recent newsletter, he made all quet for Ring 4. The Ring 4 Business Meet- aware of the upcoming Business Meeting on ing was held at Lindsey's in Wareham. World Champion History May 20, 1895. Jack Johnson won a 10-round decision over Sandy Ferguson in Boston on April 16, 1903. Jose Torres fought four times in Boston and twice in New Bedford. BOston and World Light-Welterweight Champion Sammy Fuller USA New England Welter- weight Champion Dick Ecklund of Lowell, won his title when he defeated James Lucas on October 25, 1983 in Portland, Maine. Dick Ecklund also fought World Champion Sugar Ray Leonard to a 10-round deci- sion on July 18, 1978 at the Boston Area Fighters ... Then and Now Hynes Auditorium in Boston. Other tough fighters he fought: Jeff Passero Atlantic City, NJ, Allen Clarke in Canada, Chris Clarke Canada, Terry Crawley Yarmouth, Erkki Meronen Denmark, Dave Green London, United King- dom, Fernando Fernandez Boston, Terry Rondeau Con- necticut, Randy Milton Wallingford in his Warrior filled 29 bout career. World Light-Welterweight Champion Sammy Fuller, born (Sabino Ferullo) in Boston, claimed the World title as a res'ult of his 12-round decision over Jackie ( Kid ) Berg on May 20, 1932. Sammy Fuller is described as a "Sturdy aggressive battler, who punches well with either hand." Great Fighter Sammy Fuller, trained World title Contender Joe DeNucci in his career. Joe DeNucci says that Sammy Fuller was a great guy, a great teacher, and great Fighter. Sammy Fuller fought the greats of his era; Chick Suggs, Andy Callahan, Ralph Zanelli, Billy Wallace, Young Peter Jackson, Barney Ross, Billy Petrolle, Jimmy McLarin, Jack (Kid) Berg, Babe Herman, Pancho Villa, Lou Ambers, Tony Canzoneri, Andy Callahan, Benny Bass, Ralph Zannelli, amongst many other great fighters who've made a significant impact in World Fight History. Sammy Fuller accumulated a great 55-17- 3, 22 KO record, versus some of the Best Fighters in His- tory. His great fight career had him fighting in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chi- cago, Cleveland, Providence, New Bedford, Holyoke, Fall River, Lawrence and other great fight-cities in his career 1927 to 1943. DOWN TO THE ELEVENTH HOUR -- As this was being written there still had not been an agreement in the negotiations between the NHL Players' Association and league officials at the Com- missioner's office in New York. If something hasn't been accomplished by midnight on Saturday night then the first day of the lockout will follow. Already, a rookie tour- nament that B's rookies were scheduled to have partici- pated in has been cancelled. The Black and Gold's entire Rookie Camp has been shelved as well. If the lockout takes place then the veterans won't report and pre-season games will be cancelled. The open- ing of the regular season -- set for October 11 when the B's travel to meet the Phila- delphia Flyers -- will be in jeopardy. Daily press coverage in the final week leading up to the lockout date was omi- nous, some suggesting a lockout was "all but certain." So if there's not a "Miracle Off Ice" look for a lot of soli- tude around NHL rinks in the next few weeks. As usual, it will be the average person that will be hurt financially. For ushers, restaurant staff and food vending staff, their positions are normally second jobs to supplement their primary "day job." It is additional in- come they rely on for their families. Somewhere, in all the press coverage, there was an item that stated that the length of an average career in the NHL was about six years. That seems a bit short but when you think about it, it's the stars in the league (who get the most press cov- erage) that have the longest careers. The journeymen -- those third and fourth liners -- don't last that long. Thus a lockout can essentially shorten an already short NHL career, depriving those play- ers of positive statistics for future individual contract negotiations. If some players only last five years in the NHL that means that those players who endured the sea- son-long lockout of 2004-2005 literally lost 20 percent of their careers. Was it worth it for them? We say it wasn't. In addition, a lockout of any length will further lengthen the period of inac- tivity for Bruins players. Remember, the B's were eliminated from the playoffs by the Washington Capitals back on April 25. That means we are ap- proaching the five-month mark since any member of the B's has participated in an NHL quality type game. Goaltender Tuukka Rask, whose season ended back on March 3 due to an injury, has not played in over six months. Yes, they've all skated in rinks but that's not the same as playing against NHL quality players. Thus, there's probably more of a conse- quence to losing the oppor- tunity to play pre-season games this time around. If the lockout starts, many observers feel it will be settled in time for the New Year's Day Winter Classic Game at the University of Michigan football stadium. That stadium sits over 100,000 people. The thinking goes there's no way the NHL will let that extravaganza go down the drain. Back when the NBA ended its lockout last December (so its own extravaganza of a nationally televised Christ- mas Day tripleheader of games wouldn't be lost) the teams only had about two weeks to get ready. That included an abbreviated camp plus a couple of exhibition games before the regular season got underway. One wonders whether a fortnight or so would be enough time for the Bruins to get up to speed -- espe- cially after not playing since April. There probably would be fewer pre-season games. Players might have to use regular season games to get in tip-top condition. The NBA enjoys a coast-to coast acceptance in America but even it was out of people's minds last fall. There are vast swaths of America with- out NHL hockey. For a league that's been trying hard to grow the game over the last couple of decades, having four work stoppages since 1992 (the third since Commis- sioner Gary Bettman came aboard in 1993) certainly isn't the way to enhance acceptance of your product. The fact that the players would lose money under a proposal advanced by team owners obviously doesn't sit well with those who take to the ice and compete. But the question for many becomes whether they would rather be inactive in defense of a prin- ciple (and thus risk losing time off their already short careers) or play an entire season that would enable them to acquire a full-season set of statistics -- and per- haps a better contract. While some players might look to play overseas, they might not be greeted with open arms. Many of those teams would look for a player to commit to a full season, something most NHL players would "be reluctant to do. And dear citizens of Bruins Nation, aren't you just glad that the discussions con- cerning a lockout involve the 2012-2013 season. Thank the Hockey Gods on High that the Collective Bargaining Agreement did not expire the season the Bruins went all the way to win the Stanley Cup. But this year it has. And thus, they may not be a Cup for any team come this spring. All for money -- which as we know, can't buy everything -- especially when it comes to the culminating experi- ence that is associated with winning a championship.