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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 NOW AVAILABLE! R NER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. It Started in Brockton, The Exploits and Title Winnings of Champions. Condolences to The Petronelli Family on the Passing of "The Triangle!" Member. "PAT PETRONELU." R.I.P. Demetrius "Booboo" Andrade, Danny O'Connor and Jose Medina "FightY' in Manchester, New Hampshire on September 21st Petronelli, brother Pat Goody Petronelli and great World Middleweight Cham- pion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, rocked the world of boxing with their together- ness. "The Triangle," a name later acquired of this great team, made a major impact upon the world of boxing first in 1968. "It started in Brockton." The great Petronelli Brothers' Gym exploded upon the world's boxing scene with fighters and champions Tony Petronelli, John "Dino" Denis and Joe Defay- ette. Over the course of many years, many of the greatest fighters and cham- pions fought and trained out of this great gym. Fight Family members: Middle- weight Champion great Mar- velous Marvin Hagler, World rated contender, North American Champion, Tony Petronelli. Other champions and contenders: Drake Thadzi, Rockin Robbie Simms, Rocky Marciano, families fighting like the Rock, Mike "Little Rock" Great Trainer, Goody Petronelli, with his two tough fighters, Rockin Robbie Simms and Mike Ohan. Cappiello, Tough Frank "Ti- ger" Moore, Kevin McBride, Mike Ohan, Kilbert Pierce and Brian Powers. All fight- ers with high standings and respect in the boxing world. Many of these, amongst many other great notable Fight Family members, paid their respect to Fight Fam- ily member Pat Petronelli; great promoters Fred Valenti and Al Valenti. Rich Cap- Great writer of boxing columns, the great Mr. Charlie "Punchlines" Ross. R.I.P. and God Bless you. In years past with Top World Fighter Dana Rosenblatt listening to Punchlines' great words of wisdom. The Autobiography of Undisputed Welterweight Champ Tony DeMarco "Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion tells the story of the great Tony DeMarco and not only his life in the ring, but his life in general, Tony was one of my favorite Champs as a fighter and as a man. Tony, I salute you!" ,lake LaMotta "The Raging Bull," former Middleweight Champion Signed copies also available at: -The ch' Post-Gazette, 5 Pdnce St., Boston, MA TonyDeMLCO Delgaudlo's, 17 NoAh Square, Boston/Paul Revere House piello, family and friends; son Tony Petronelli and wife Roslyn Petronelli, brothers Goody Petronelli and Guido Petronelli, David Petronelli, Cheryl Petronelli, Ned and Laure Malchionda, Iron Mike Pusateri, Rockin Robbie Simms, Mike Cul- bert, Lisa Petronelli, Brian Powers, Jimmy Connors, John Santoro, Tom Martini, Dennis Marrese, Hank Tartaglia, Donald Barry, Charlie Tartaglia, Roger "Pit" Perron, Ed Casey, Jerry Huston, Doug Pen- darvis, Jim McDonald, Peter Marciano, Dennis Frawley, Brian McDonough, Richie LaMontagne and many oth- ers, paid their respect to this great member of our boxing family. I, myself, am hon- ored to pay my respect to this great gentleman. Their fight team, The Triangle, is one of the greatest fight teams in boxing history. I am honored to have been a part of this great team for a por- tion of my okay boxing career. Thank you. Their team and gym are to be praised. God Bless you all. R.I.P. God Bless you, Fat Petronelli. Our Prayers are with you. Many gathered at Georges Cafe in Brockton and paid respect to Pat Petronelli and his family. God Bless you all. On September 21 " in Manchester, New Hamp- shire, 2008 Olympian Deme- trius "BooBoo" Andrade 14-0, 9 KO's fights 38-year-old vet- eran Saul "Baby" Duran who's 38-18-2, with 31 KO's. This fight is at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Also fea- tured will be light welter- weight Danny O'Connor 14-1, 3 KO's taking on Jamal Del Cid 7-5, 3 KO's. Jose Medina 14-9-1, 6 KO's takes on TBA. He's coming off of a recent draw with former World Champion Joachim Alcine. In their fight, I, as did many, scored it victory for Jose Medina. "Keep Punching!" as the Great Charlie Ross, R.I.P., always said. Fight Family birthdays on September 5% let's give a Fight Family Happy Birthday to Jim Prokop and Jerry Coli. "Ding!" ICE DOWN -- The ice sur- face has returned to the TD Garden. It was put down on Wednesday, September 7. The ice from the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Championship season was removed on Monday, June 20 -- making the interval without ice at the Garden the shortest in history. THE STATE OF THE BRUINS -- Actually, the visual aspect said it all -- better than any words ever could. As about 2,000 season ticket holders arrived to take their seats at the Garden on September 12 for the annual update on the state of the team, there was Lord Stanley's Cup in all its glory gracing the stage. Of course, there was more to the evening than that but with the trophy on display for the entire 90-minute dura- tion of the proceedings, one knew that the state of the Bruins was fine indeed. Some 17 veterans from last year's team have re- turned for the 2011-2012 season with training camp under way as you read this. Coach Claude Julien indi- cated that it still might be possible for one of the play- ers that was in rookie camp to make the team. The more likely scenario, though, is that a few of the rookies will be brought to the main camp for a possible audition in an exhibition game or two, with the reality that a few of the more talented ones may be assigned to Providence. Goalie Tim Thomas re- vealed to the fans that he first started skating at age 3 and first played hockey at age 4, starting his career on the ice as a forward. Later, in a session only with reporters present, he stated that he feels better entering this season than last year, when he was still healing up from surgery required for an injury sustained in March, 2010. He said that during the sum- mer of 2010, he still felt pain and that it affected his training regimen while this summer he was pain free and able to train more extensively. In response to a question from the audience, team executive, Charlie Jacobs, revealed that there are long- term plans for the black- topped area in front of the present Garden, the land once occupied by the original Garden. He indicated that a future building complex might well contain a variety of retail shops as well as office space. He also stated that it could well be 5-10 years before development of the site became a reality. Later in the program, one of the benefits of being a current season ticket holder was announced when mem- bers of the audience were informed that they will have the opportunity to have their individual pictures taken with the Stanley Cup in early October. The Cup will be with the B's through Open- ing Night on October 6. After that, it will return to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. It was also revealed that Opening Night will begin with a special program and that all fans should be in their seats by 6:30 pm in order to experience it and enjoy it. Starting in a few weeks, fans will be able to purchase items from a special line of Stanley Cup jewelry. A spe- cial coffee table size, fully illustrated book chronicling the B's Stanley Cup Cham- pionship run is also set to be published. All team front office execu- tives stressed that the Bruins would not rest on their laurels. The goal for the season, they stated, was improvement and the bring- ing of another Cup back to Causeway Street. With so much time spent dwelling on the achieve- ments of the recent past, it was team President Cam Neely who mentioned that it was now time to gently turn the page and begin prepara- tions for the upcoming sea- son. Neely said he was happy that the on-ice preparations for the new season were beginning and that the fran- chise could once more focus on the future. He received applause from the audience when he stated that although he grew up in British Colum- bia on Canada's west coast, he has been a proud mem- ber of the Bruins since 1986 and considers the Boston area his home. The evening's proceedings were moved forward some- what, starting at 5:30 pm, so that people could be home to see most of the New England Patriots' season opening game against Miami. This brought to mind a couple of thoughts. One, it is probably one of the few times that the defending Stanley Cup Champions will yield to another event. Secondly, it underscores the extensive length of the season for NHL teams. Consider that the Bruins rookies played a road game against the New York Islander rookies on the Patriots' opening night. It's true that September 12 was a hockey night in parts of the NHL. Nine months from now -- in mid-June -- two of the NHL teams presently in camp will still be playing hockey in the Stanley Cup Finals. That's over nine con- secutive months of hockey when one considers rookie camp, regular training camp, the pre-season games, regu- lar season games and the playoffs. Less would be better -- and probably more meaningful. There is one huge posi- tive, though. In this very special year, it means that the Bruins will be announced as the defending Stanley Cup Champions just prior to each and every game night through next spring. That will have a nice ring to it, especially since fans waited some 39 years for it to become a reality. Order at: www.tkoTony.com 978-346-9496 knockout@tkotony.com