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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 5, 2012 CORNER ALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano Record "Remains Suprerne[" at 49,0-0, 43 Kayos[ "Undefeated Rocky Marci- ano, the Fighter who Refused to Lose, " by Everett M. Skehan. A quote from this great book. "The vivid brawling story of the real Rocky, the greatest slugger in the history of Boxing." Sports Illustrated Many say that the heavy- weights of now are much too big (tall), for the heavy- weights of earlier times. Hum! Is that so? Jack Dempsey at 6' i", weighed 189 Ibs., and defeated 6' 6V4" 250 lb. Heavyweight Cham- pion Jess Willard by KO in 3 on July 4~ 1919 for the World H~av~ eight Title. On Octo- ,. "Rocky Marciano: The Rock of His Times," by Russell Sullivan. Another great read on Rocky Marciano. From Introduction: A Man for His Time. Boxing Illustrated, Novem- ber 1972, Tragedy Stalks the Heavyweights, page 12-15 article titled, "Heavyweights of the Fif- ties, Stalked by Tragedy ... Machen the latest in line -- after Marciano, Liston, Folley, Savold" by Lew Eskin. ber 12, 1931, 6 foot, 196 lb. Jack Sharkey won a 15- round decision over Primo Carnera in Brooklyn, New York and lost the World Heavyweight title to the same Primo Carnera on June 29, 1933 by KO in 6. Jack Sharkey was later defeated by World Heavy- weight Champion Joe Louis 6' 13A'', 198 to 207 lbs., who won by KO in 6 over 6' 6", 260 lb. Primo Carnera on June 25, 1935, and KO'd 6' 4" 254 lb. Abe Simon in 13 rounds March 21,1941 in Detroit and again on March 27, 1942 in New York. On January 9, 1942, Joe Louis KO'd 6' 6", 250 lb. Buddy Baer in round one. It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog! World Heavy- weight Champion Rocky Marciano was champion from September 23, 1952 to April 27, 1956 when he an- nounced his retirement. He could have knocked out any heavyweight if he caught them. An article from a ma- jor boxing magazine, from years gone by read, that the punch of Rocky Marciano was equivalent to that of an armored piercing shell. "Champions Boxing Guide," by Stephen B. Acunto. On the cover great champions Muhammad Ali, Willie Pep and Rocky Marciano. Ouch! If Rocky Marciano caught heavyweights, with one of his haymakers, they'd be sleeping. Fighters of now and of any era. He could have knocked any out if he caught them. Ding! His style of fighting? Defensive as well as offensive. He knew what he was doing. He did what he did with in- tent, and for a reason. There were many tall, large heavy- weights from yesteryear. Size does not make a fighter a champion. It's what you've got in yourself that makes you a champion. The Great Fight Team of Allie Colombo, World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano and Charlie Goldman. Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriquez Did it Again ... 4 DiBelta Entertainment pre- sented a boxing card at Fox- woods where Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriquez did it again. He's still undefeated 22-0 with 15 KO's. He defeated Jason Escalera (13-1-1), 12 KO's, by stoppage at 12 seconds in the eighth. Vic Darchinyan (38-5, 27 KO's) convincingly, won by unanimous decision over Luis Orlando Del Valle (16- 1, 11 KO's), for the NABF super ban- tamweight title. 99-91, 99-91, 96-94. Antonin Decarie (27-I, 8 KO's), Undefeated 22-0-0, 15 won by TKO 2:54 in the sixth Kayo prospect Edwin round, defeating Alex Perez "La Bomba "Rodriquez (16-1, 9 KO's). off of his latest victory as Danny O'Connor of Framing- a fighter at Foxwoods. ham (18-I, 6 KO's) defeated He's a rising star. Josh Sosa (10-4, 5 KO's) stop- page at 33 seconds of the third. Danny O'Connor was relent- less in this bout. From Quincy, undefeated "Polish Prince" Ryan Kielczew- ski (14-0, 2 KO's), fought Jeremy McLaurin (9-4, 5 KO's), and defeated him in 6 rounds by decision. Luis Rosa (11-0, 6 KO's) stopped Victor Valenzuela (8-4, 1 KO) in the sixth. Sonja Lamonakis (7-0-2, 1 KO) defeated Tanzee Daniels (4-2-1, 1 KO) in a 6 round female heavyweight match. Issac Chilemba (20-1-1, 9 KO's) defeats Rayco Saunders (22-17-2, 9 KO's) over 8 rounds. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss AS THE COLLEGE HOCKEY SEASON BEGINS -- Jerry York, the head coach of the defending NCAA Division 1 champion Boston College Eagles indicates that the for- mula for success is working as a team. "We really push the team aspect," noted the veteran mentor who enters his 41St season as a college coach and his 18th behind the BC bench. "I know I sound something like a little league coach but it's true. We've become very good at leaving our egos at the door. Our players really feel that team goals are im- portant for them." York continued, "In our re- cruitment we make that very clear that we've got team goals here. We're not trying to make you a Hobey Baker award winner at BC. If it happens, it happens. We've got players that could do that but we really push the team aspect." That emphasis on team objectives has translated into the Eagles winning three national titles within the last five years and being the top picks in both the pre- season national rankings and the Hockey East media poll this fall. In the national rankings BC starts the sea- son co-ranked No. 1 in Amer- ica with the University of Minnesota. The Eagles col- lected 476 points and 20 out of 34 first place votes while the Gophers also finished with 476 points and 12 first place votes. Fans won't have to wait until the NCAA playoffs to see the debate settled. The two teams will meet on Decem- ber 30th in Minneapolis. BC also finished atop the preseason Hockey East poll, far outdistancing other schools in the conference. However, as we all know, the conference has a way of pull- ing its own surprises, so don't expect easy street for the Eagles during the regular season. Another team or two could rise to the top before the Hockey East playoffs in March. But make no mistake, BC is strong, returning 15 letter- men from last year's national championship squad that won 33 games. BC will open the regular season on the road, going to Matthews Arena to face Northeastern on Saturday, October 13. York also noted that Hockey East as a conference has become much stronger over the years. He reflected back on the days when BU, BC, New Hampshire and Maine ruled the proceedings. "Now it's so deep you really have to look at a lot of different schools in our league. It makes us all better, I think." York also discussed return- ing senior goaltender Parker Milner, "He is really focused. ThaVs my impression when I talked with him. He could have an outstanding season. But it's unrealistic to have him play 40 games for us this backup slot as a pair of sopho- more netminders -- Brian Billett and Brad Barone -- duel it out for the second spot. When York climbs behind the bench on opening night he will begin the campaign as the winningest active coach in Division I with 913 victories. The Eagles will then go west to meet UMass in Amherst on Friday, Octo- ber 19 and return for their home opener at The Heights the very next night -- Octo- ber 20 -- against Northeast- ern. That will be a big night as the Eagles raise the National Championship banner in a final tribute to last year's title team. Then it will be time to deal in earnest with the present and whatever the new season brings. CELTICS MEDIA DAY -- The annual ritual that serves as the start of train- ing camp was held at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham on September 28. There was a good deal of cheer since, of course, this year's season will start on time. The camp began with a good omen. The last time the Celtics took an international overseas trip during training camp was back in the fall of 2007. That was followed the next spring by the Green winning the 2008 NBA title. This time the Celtics are visiting both Turkey and Italy with games scheduled against local pro teams. It's all part of the globalization effort of the NBA. What the Celtics really use such a trip for is a team bonding exercise. They will return shortly after Columbus Day for addi- tional practices in Waltham. The first preseason game against an NBA opponent is scheduled against the New York Knicks in Hartford on October 13. The first home preseason game has the Brooklyn Nets visiting the Garden on October 16th. The only other home preseason game is set for October 21st against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics will open the regular season on the road -- facing the defending NBA champion Miami Heat on October 30th. The home opener will take place on November 2na when the C's host Milwaukee. ON THE DIAMOND -- Vet- eran Trinity College base- ball coach Bill Decker has been named the new coach at Harvard. Decker, who coached at the Connecticut- based school for 22 seasons, takes over the position for- merly held by Joe Walsh, who died suddenly of a heart attack back on July 31st. Decker compiled a 529-231 (.696) record while at Trin- ity, winning five conference championships, advancing to the NCAA Tournament nine times and winning the 2008 Division III national title. , .,, , , , : ~ .... , ~year." That means there's Trinity finished with a stel- , ..... ......... October. ,13 ,Ring. ,4., Memtins, at. Lmdseyrs .Wareham.. ,. ............. added ..emphasis .o~ the,. 45 1. mark that ye r.