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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame to Hold Kick-off Fundraiser for World Welterweight Champion Great Tony DeMaro Statue November 3, 2011 Vitali Klitschko Stops Tomasz Adamek in the Tenth! Great Ring 4 Meeting September 10th and Pugs' Luncheon September 13th Guest Commentators? Author Ted Sares and NIASHF Board member, and Tony DeMarco Statue Committee member chairman Bill Spadafora. "World!" Welterweight Champion, NIASHF New England Chapter member, President Emeritus Inductee and Board member Tony DeMarco, is to be honored with a statue. This statue will be located in Boston's his- toric North End neighborhood. Tony DeMarco was born and raised in Boston's North End. He's a home grown World Champion. He won the World title in his hometown Boston by KO in 14 on April I, 1955, defeating Johnny Saxton. For further information contact NIASHF Board member, Statue Committee member Chairman Bill Spadafora by email at or by phone at 781-858-8998. Vitali Klitschko 43-2, 40 KO's stopped fighter Tomasz Adamek 44-2, 28 KO's in the tenth round of their twelve rounder. In de- fending his WBC World Heavyweight title, Vitali validated his superiority over current heavyweights. He defeated a very good heavyweight in Tomasz Adamek. Vitali stands 6' 7" and weighs 243 Ibs. He's a sharp effective puncher. Tomasz Adamek, 216 Ibs, stands 6' 31/2''. Another significant factor? Tomasz Adamek has a 25" arm reach, four inches shorter than that of 29" Vitali Klitschko. That's significant for hard hitting heavyweights. Tomasz Adamek was almost knocked down in the 2"d, appearing held up by the ropes. It's not mandatory to vote a 10/8 round. That's left up to the decision of fight judges. Great trainers, Emmanuel Stewart, Harold Letterman and Max Kellerman have very interesting discus- sions during these fights. They make fights more interesting. Would you like a panel to comment at live fights during battle? They'd give you more to think about. Maybe you'd agree? Maybe not? A panel seated at a table, commenting and talking during fights. Change guest speakers for different fights. Microphones on tables while they talk. Think about it. A comment was made regarding Rocky Marciano. He's shorter at 5' 10", as opposed to the 6' 7" Klitschko. There have always been taller and shorter fighters. Taller fighters do have an advantage over shorter fighters. Wait? Short fighters have an advantage over taller fighters, too. Rocky Marciano used his 5' 10" stature to his advantage. Nine inches shorter than 6' 7". That difference is just as much a disadvan- tage to Klitschko as it would have been to Rocky. Jess Willard was 6' 7". He was too tall for 6' I" Jack Dempsey. Wasn't he? A fighter loses power punching down? Fighters punching power increases punching up? The saying? "It's not the size of the dog in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the dog." Physics I01. Advantages to height. Disadvantages to height. I agree. Klitschko is exceptionally talented. Talented and World Champion. You've got to have talent to be World Champion. That's why they fight. "World Champions" are crowned after they fight. Not before. "Ding!" Lindsey's. Ring 4; President Mickey Finn, officers and members. Honored at this meeting is Don O'Neill for his outstanding contributions to the great sport of boxing. The staff at Lindsey's is great. President Mickey Finn gave a Fight Family Ten count for Billy Libby a/k/a Billy Hogan, George Kimball, Jim Harrison and Pat Petronelli. Also, "Get well Poppa Ray!" You're the best. Another very good Ring 4 meeting. Speak- ing is John O'Brien. He did an exhibition with Iran Barkley at Gleason's Gym Boxing camp in Monticello, New York. September 13th The Pugs were at Florian Hall in Dorchester. Pugess of the Month is Dottle DeMarco. First "Pugess of the Month." Mrs. Dottie DeMarco, honored with a plaque at Pugs Luncheon by Pug Ring Leader Tom Martini. Kenny Butler as referee between Eddie Fitzgerald and Dick Flaherty. Eddie Fitzgerald and Dick Flaherty have refereed Kenny Butler fights. It's your turn? "Give them the business." "I mean give them the rules, Kenny." Our good friends The Codman Sq. Juniors. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss It may sound a bit odd, but as the NBA lockout drags on, the local impact might have a silver lining for the Bruins. The Bruins and Celtics, of course, share the Garden -- a relationship not uncommon throughout America where both the hockey and basket- ball franchises often play their home games in the same building. But if the NBA lockout is not resolved in the coming weeks, it will mean that a number of dates will be open and the ice will not have to be covered up nearly as often. According to the Boston Globe, the result may mean that the Bruins will come to have more practices on Gar- den ice than in normal times -- when most of the regular season practices are con- ducted at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. Don't get us wrong. Every- one on Causeway Street wants the Celtics to return as soon as possible. They pro- vide exciting experiences for fans and their presence is a driving factor for the vitality and economic prosperity of the North End. But no one can deny that a hockey team with, in es- sence, its own rink will ex- perience benefits. By having the opportunity to practice more at their game day venue rather than one used only for workouts, the Bruins will have the added benefit of becoming even more famil- iar with the ice sheet and the boards at their home game site. In addition, the quality of the ice -- which is very good now -- may well improve since it will not have to be covered up so often. It's been said that the old Montreal Fo- rum (since replaced by the Bell Centre) had the best ice in the NHL back in the day because once the ice sheet was put down for the Cana- diens in September, only ice events could be held there. Those included NHL games, additional hockey games, fig- ure skating events, ice shows and perhaps public skating. Among the worst ice sheets in the league was said to be at Madison Square Garden in New York because of the variety of events held there. Sometimes, the ice wasn't just covered up; it was melted down. The point is that the more the ice sheet at the Garden stays in place without addi- tional non-ice events sched- uled over it, the better the sheet may become. Throw in additional practices at the Garden and you have a posi- tive scenario for the Bruins -- at least in the early por- tion of the schedule. COACH JULIEN ON THE PRESEASON -- "We have six preseason games and I think usually the last two you really start getting your team closer to what it should be. You look for certain things to get bet- ter and you work on them in practice and you want to see them in game situations." He added: "We haven't had a ton of changes. It's really about balance that we're talk- ing about. Don't push them too hard and don't let them off the hook either. I sense our guys are going to be ready. I sense there's a good atti- tude and we couldn't ask for a better opportunity here, having a lot of home games." Yes, there are a lot of home games in the early going (some 15 contests on Garden ice in the first two months of the season) providing the B's with the opportunity to put some wins in the bank that may be needed during the spring drive leading up to the playoffs. The coach continued: "It's up to us to establish our home presence early in the season and get off to a good start. Getting off to a good start usually gives you a good chance of making the play- offs. Don't ever underesti- mate the start of a season because often it's been the reason why teams have made the playoffs." TYLER SEGUIN'S SECOND SEASON -- Seguin won the Cup last season with the Bruins as a teenager (he played the first half of the season at age 18 and turned 19 back on January 31). When you've reached the summit of your sport at that young age, what is expected in the future? Coach Julien assesses the young man's game and sees the positive outcomes that he feels lie ahead. "The biggest part of the game here in the NHL is without the puck. You play without the puck a lot more than you play with it. So he became pretty reliable. I thought he did a good job on the back check and when he had the puck and ran out of room he would know to just chip it in and make a good change or fore check. He became pretty reliable in that way. I think his biggest struggle last year was consis- tency. You had an 18- 19- year-old in the lineup who needed time to grow as a pro. And now it's up to him to step up -- not only to show us that last year was a great learn- ing season but that he's ready to take on a lot more this year." ANOTHER ~EL COM~FI-I -- Bruins fans are familiar with Phil Kessel, who played with the Bruins a few years ago and then wanted out of town and was traded to Toronto where he currently plays forward for the Maple Leafs. Now comes word that his younger brother Blake, who played three seasons for UNH, has signed an entry level con- tract with the Philadelphia Flyers -- the opponents of the Bruins on Opening Night at the Garden (October 6). Don't look for him to be on Causeway Street on that day, though. As the information stated, it's an entry level con- tract, meaning he will most likely be assigned to a minor league affiliate at some point during training camp. I i J