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PAGE 16 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 14, 2011 i i .: , .ii': '' , CORNER TALK " by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "PAL BeltF' Boxing Tournament Get Your Child Involved in Sports, Especially "Boxing/" Here in Fall River at the PAL Belt Amateur Boxing Tourna- ment, Libby Medeiros provided another great night of fighting in Fall River. Who said fighters aren't what they used to be? All fighters fought very well tonight. They impressed this fight crowd, as indicated by their roaring applause. The results of this fight card: In Novice Bouts: 141 lbs. Oscar Diaz of Fall River PAL decisioned Roberto Colon of Bare Bones Boxing. Both came to fight and fight they did. They gave plentY of action. Jansy Rivera of 401 Boxing won over Erik Charon. Girls novice: Allie Lavigne from Camp Get Right won over Jessica Stee of Manfredo Boxing. 152 lbs. Torre Maaproianai of Camp Get Right won over Travis Demko of Big East Boxing, 165 lbs. Gerald Rhude from Avelll's Gym threw some good left hooks winning over Reid Mello of Fall River PAL, Jay Lussier of Wishers Gym was a winner over Jose Ortiz of Manfreds', 178 lb Chris David Fogg of Framingham PAL won over Jason Bakanowski of Camp Get Right. 201 lb. Francesco Noe of Big East Box- ing won over Jose Cabera, 201 plus lbs. Jeff St. Pierre of Wishers' Gym won over Leo Miller of Gome's Gym, in the Opens. 152 lb Nick Delomba of Balletto's Gym won over Zack Ramsey of Whitley's Gym in a very good match. 123 lb Randy Marine of Camp Get Right won over Chris Nicholas of Bare Bones Boxing. 165 lbs. Neal Sullivan of Worcester Boys and Girls Club won over Jonathan Rosardo of Camp Get Right. 178 lb. Kevin Lombardi Jr., of Fighter Thomas Falowa. I wish you a successful career. the Manfredo Gym won over Alim Kizisa of Dave's Gym, 201 Bryan Damiels of the Worcester Boys & Girls Club defeated Jarred Lmmier of Wishers Gym. Special; 123 lb. Tim Ramos of the Framingham PAL won Jose Rodriquez Vasquez of Holyoke Boxing. This was a very well fought boxing show. They rumbled in their jungle. They battled for victory and they brawled for it all. These fighters displayed very good fight tech- nique. Fight officials Paul Barry, Steve Clark, Gary Bevis, Roland Bevis, Mike Garry and Joe Dowaes amongst many other contributors to fighting in Mas- sachusetts continued their great work. Some top rising fight stars were on hand this night. Tho- mas Falowo 160 lb. aspiring fighter out of Manfredo's Gym is here. We had a brief interest- ing conversation. He's got mo- tive and desire. He has top trainer Peter Manfredo in his corner. Good luck to you and Pomoter Paul Morrisette, Ray Oliveira, and Chip, at the PAL Boxing Tournament. "Ding!". 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!" Jake LaMotta "The Raging Bull," former Middleweight Champion your future. Also in attendance is another Fight Family star in Elvin Ayala. Sucra Ray Oliveira is here too. This was a very good fight card with good rising ama- teur fight stars who appear well- trafned, Check out gyms in your area: Bishop's Boxing, Boston Boxing, Bare Bones Boxing, Boys & Girls Club Holyoke, Boys & Girls Club Worcester, Camp Get Right Boxing Gym, Cappiello Boxing, Cyr Farrell Boxing, Dave's Gym, Peter Welch Gym, Framingham PAL, Gentlemen's Gym, Grealish Boxing, Gomes Gym, Nonantum Boxing Club, PAL Boxing Fall River, On Point Boxing, The Ring, Somerville Boxing, TNT Boxing, West End Gym, Whitley's Boxing Club, Wisher's Gym. Remember the many tough fighters and future World Champions who have been produced in this great area and of those on the rise. Many of these up and coming fighterswill make or have made their tomes heard around the area, ar)und the U.S. and others around the world! Fighting has opened great insights for many, allowing others to be just who they are. A Fighter faces obstacles directly. What some- one gains through their experi- ence of boxing is great. The act of fighting to win in the ring, the cage and in the octagon is like swinging a bat for a home run and achieving it. Hitting a puck and scoring a game winning goal. Pumping ones legs at a goal line stance and achieving a touchdown. Boxing and Ulti- mate Fighting are both great. All are a part of the "unique fight family," displaying the courage to face opposition eye to eye. Doing the best you can against competitive opposition. You can not lie in the ring, cage or octa- gon. Listening to coaches and trainers. Following direction. No pretending you're tough. What a person has done with their "mouth" in a ring, a cage or in the octagon has not won a fight yet. No pretending in boxing. As I said: What a person does with their mouth has not won a fight yet. Remember the "Louisville Lip" as Muhammad Ali was called. He backed up his mouth with his fist. I would like to see more youth and adults get involved in the fight sciences. You'll keep yourself in better condition, and the youth will grow up more realistically, and face life and obstacles better. Train to actually become a fighter under supervision or train in boxing to get a great workout. I've named many gyms in the area. Check them out. Referee Paul Bary (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) NOT ON THE HOLIDAY-- The legal observance of Columbus Day in the U.S. meant a full day of action in the NHL with seven games played across the coun- try, including the Bruins -- Ava- lanche matchup at the Garden. But north of the border Columbus Day was not being observed. Instead, it was Thanksgiving Day in Canada -- not one NHL game was played within its borders. Some Cana- dian teams played in the U.S. but all was quiet north of the border. MUSINGS ON THE EARLY GOING -- Three games do not a season make but if the first action out of the starting box is any indication, the Bruins should be back with superb goaltending. But they also must pick up the scoring. As they left the Garden after three home games, the B's owned a 1-2-0 record with a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning sandwiched around one goal losses to Philadelphia and Colorado. Goalies Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask appeared in top form but basically did not re- ceive scoring support from their teammates in two of the three contests. Thomas started the first two games but his team- mates scored only one goal for him in the season opener as the B's lost 2-1 to the Flyers on Causeway Street, putting somewhat of a damper on the raising-of-the-banner night festivities. The ceremony was impressive, with members of the 1972 Stanley Cup team -- including Bobby Orr and Derek_Sanderson --joining the present day B's on the ice for the ceremony. "That was a special moment," said Thomas when asked about the banner raising ceremony. It was another one to add to the memory bank that you'll remember forever. While it was happening I was picturing myself coming back and visiting for a game 30 years from now and looking up at that banner and saying 'we helped raise that banner.'" Saturday was different -- the real season opener as some players called it-- with all mem- bers of the 2011-2012 team be-! ing introduced prior to the game? > There followed a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay -- a team last seen leaving the Garden following a memorable 1-0 game 7 victory by the B's in the Eastern Con- ference finals back on May 27. If all was well throughout Sun- day, the atmosphere certainly changed on Monday as Boston absorbed its first shutout loss of the season and second one- goal defeat -- a 1-0 setback at the hands of Colorado. Good goaltending usually wins games -- but only if the : skaters can back that up with scoring. In two of the first three games the Bruins didn't do that and losses were the result. FOR OPENERS -- It was the two arch-rivals -- BC and BU -- who shared the limelight during the opening weekend of college hockey. The two schools didn't play one another -- that'll happen later in the sea- son -- but both came away with impressive debuts. BC, ranked 5 u in the country in the preseason polls, cap- tured the title in the Ice Breaker Tournament held in Grand Forks, North Dakota -- down- ing Michigan State 5-2 in the opener and then defeating 3 rd ranked North Dakota 6-2 in the championship game. Meanwhile, 6 th ranked BU opened by defeating 124 ranked UNH 5-0 at Agganis Arena, the first time the Terriers have opened the season with a shut- out victory since 1997. Signifi- cantly, BU has posted only one shutout in each of the past two seasons so the Terriers have all season long to improve on that. Along Huntington Ave., North- eastern opened with a 3-3 tie against UMass-Amherst at Matthews Arena as Jim Madigan became the first head coach in Northeastern hockey history to start his career behind the NU bench with a tie. The Huskies then journeyed north to face 15  ranked Maine in Orono, losing to the Black Bears, 6-3. AN ABBREVIATED SEASON -- The announcement by the NBA that all regular season games through November 14 have been canceled means that six games -- three at home and three away--have been wiped from the Celtics schedule. The earliest a Celtics home game now could be played at the Gar- den is Sunday, November 20 -- when the C's are scheduled to take on Golden State. If-- and that's a big if-- the season were to start in mid-November the Celtics would now open with back-to-back games on the road, facing Miami on Nov. 16 and Orlando on Nov. 17. The above assumes that the original schedule would be fol- lowed. However, the NBA sup- posedly has a number of newly designed shortened schedules on hand -- any one of which could put in place once the labor situation is settled. All parties in the NFL labor dispute were smart enough to settle before any real damage was done and the league is now enjoying another banner season. By contrast, the NBA has already lost its entire preseason and now the first 14 days of the regular season. College basket- ball will start in early November and the various ESPN outlets probably will go wall to wall with it. The NBA will be out of sight and thus out of mind. It's bil- lionaires arguing with million- aires, killing the goose that laid the Golden Egg. That's the story of a season that just might be lost.