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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 26, 2012 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco Statue Unveiling Congratulations to Peter Welch and Bob Ellis At Jimmy's Hot Dogs with Senator Scott Brown, Jimmy Connors and Joe Gomes Upcoming Fights (Photo by Dora Campochiaro, D&S Video, www.dsvideophoto.com) Congratulations! We are here in the North End in Boston to celebrate undisputed, home- grown, World Welterweight Champion Tony "Fame, Flame and Fury of Fleet Street" DeMarco on this highly deserved recogni- tion bestowed upon him. The Pride of Fleet Street honored all in attendance with his presence and words, Thank you wife Dottle DeMarco and honored husband Tony DeMarco, World title Contender Joe DeNucci and wife Barbara DeNucci. World Champion Tony DeMarco and Joe DeNucci were both managed by Rip Valenti and trained by Sammy Fuller. Also in atten- dance were great individuals such as recently honored South Boston Hall of Fame Inductee Peter Welch, Francis "Mickey" Roache, John Sullivan, Johnny CirigUano, AI Valenti, Joseph Allessandro, Frank Privitera and family, Frank Zarba, FiUppo Frattolli, Frank livorciani, Richard Torsney, Mickey Finn, Ed Fitzgerald, Tom Martini, Bob Russo Executive Director N.E. Golden Gloves, Jean Russo, Tommy Connors, Louis Lanci, Rome Olympic Gold Medalist Skeeter McClure, Matt Troiani, Chris and Janet Sarno and the many other great individuals honoring 1955 Fight of the 20 th Century fighter Tony DeMarco. Another great time at Filippo Ristorante & Functions. It's great there To Peter Welch and Bob Ellis: Congratu- lations on your inductions into the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame. Your partici- pation and experience in Golden Glove Box- ing Tournaments. Successful, Golden Glove Champion Peter Welch also fought Jimmy Connors, Reinaldo Oliveira Jr., United States Senator Scott Brown, and Joe Gomes, at Jimmy's Hot Dogs, with "We the People!" as a professional boxer. Now owner of the Peter Welch Gym in South Boston. The Peter Welch Gym has produced many cham- pions. After retiring from professional box- ing undefeated, Peter Welch continued on in the sport he loves, as did Bob Ellis. As coaches, both helped others do the best they could. Their pupils climbed into the "Ring of Growth!" in becoming the best. Both love the sport, helping champions grow in knowl- edge and in ability. To help achieve success in the sport of warriors. Thank you for help- ing others do better. At Jimmy's Hot Dogs' owned by James Gouveia. This is a great family. The food is well liked. This is an often visited estab- lishment. U.S. Senator Scott Brown stopped in. In attendance are: "We the people!" Remembering a saying heard many years ago? "You'll never know where you're go- ing to until you remember where you came from!" It was an honor speaking with and listening to Senator Scott Brown. Jimmy Connors, Joe Gomes and I are very im- pressed with Senator Brown. He's a very personable gentleman. An individual who I believe cares for the U.S. and has the best interest of US at heart. God be with you in this election. My personal belief is that Senator Scott Brown has the interest of the United States and Massachusetts at heart and in his thoughts. I personally believe in electing knowledgeable individuals to rep- resent US. Let's take care of Massachusetts and the United States properly. A strong United States of America can and will achieve extraordinary goals with proper leadership, thus helping Massachusetts, the United States and the World be and do the best it can. As another saying in boxing goes, "You can never tell a great fighter un- til they've got knocked down." Lift up all Americans who've gotten knocked down in recent times financially and in life. The United States once #1 economically, now I believe we are #12 or 13 in world econom- ics. The United States in dropping to the low economic position it's currently in is not good for US. We look to our leaders in gov- ernment for proper leadership and direction. Let's "resume our vision for the future of US." We can do it. As in boxing, remember that the only World Heavyweight Champion to retire undefeated at 49-0-0, 43 kayos was World Heavyweight Champion great of Brockton, Massachusetts, Rocky Marciano: "The Rock" with his great ability, team of trainers, control of opponents through strength, desire and style, used his strengths to achieve victory. He defeated all opponents, and retired as the only Unde- feated World Boxing Heavyweight Champion in history. "Zero Losses!" He did the best he could and achieved unheard of achieve- ments in boxing. The Rock showed in his great career that he could accomplish vic- tories and remarkable feats. Feats unaccomplished by any other World Heavy- weight Champion. Heavyweights of now are not too big. He made "fighters fight his fight!" Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco is one of only two fighters in the 20 th Century to fight a Fight of the Century in the lO0-year long 20 th Century. Boston and Brockton Massachu- setts are great cities. UPCOMING FIGHTS: October 27 th HBO Saturday, from Turning Stone Casino, New York: Thomas Dulorme vs. Luis Carlos Abregiu, Miguel Vasquez vs. Marvin Quintero and Maurico Herrera vs. Harim Mayfield. PPV Aviator Sports Complex, New York: Sadim "World Kid" All vs. Jermaine White, Santander Silgado vs. Gary Gomez, Curtis "Showtime" Stevens vs. TBA. Michael Constantino vs. TBA. MEMORIES TINGED WITH the different ways we can play, SADNESS -- It was a differ- then I think we can be very, ent time in a different sport very good." but your faithful correspon- The phrase "as the sea- dent was there that day when son goes along" serves to re- Augusta, Georgia native Larry mind us that this will be a Mize made his amazing shot regular length NBA schedule, from off the I I th green to stretching from late October defeat international star Greg to mid-April, not the com- Norman at the 1987 Masters pressed four-month, 66-game Tournament. slate that saw teams playing The shot came on the four (and sometimes five) second playoff hole of the games per week last season. storied tournament some 25 Although longer in duration, years ago as Mize wrote a this should be easier for the storybook ending to the tale veterans to adjust to and it of a hometown boy who provides a better opportunity returned to claim success, a for the team to come through somewhat updated version of the regular season in good what Francis Ouimet accom- shape for the playoffs. plished almost a century ago Rivers gave the team two when he defeated British pros days off after the Philadelphia Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in game before preparation be- a playoff at the Country Club gan in earnest for the first few in Brookline to win the 1913 games of the regular season. U.S. Open. "This isn't football where We remember Mize jump- we're getting ready for the ing for joy as he was instantly Monday night game," said vaulted into worldwide fame. Doc. "We're getting ready for Receiving, among other ben- 82 games. Obviously we have efits, unlimited eligibility to prepare for the first game to compete in the historic (at Miami) but we'll also be event, talking about the second But there was another per- game (the home opener at the son with Mize that day, some- Garden against Milwaukee one who had been with him on November 2) plus the third for all 74 holes of the tourna- game and the fourth game. ment. That would be caddie You really tend to work on your Scott Steele, who was "on own stuff more than that of the bag" when the local the opponents." hero made his historic shot. As for the final few exhibi- He received no recognition tion games after returning from the media and became from Europe, Rivers said, "I a "forgotten person" when thought Kris Joseph (rookie people recall that memorable from Syracuse) played ter- moment, rific. He's a good offensive Larry Mize is now on the rebounder at his position, so Champions Tour, golfs senior you know that I like him." circuit. But Steele remained Rivers indicated "Jeff Green on the main PGA Tour. He also stood out, probably was still doing what he loved, more than anybody else. I being a caddie, when he suf- thought he established him- fered a heart attack on Octo- self with everybody, which I ber 14 th in the parking lot of though was very important the Greater Hickory Golf Clas- for him to do. We can tell sic in North Carolina. He died them how good he is, but he five days later, has to show them and I Only 55 at the time of thought he did that." his passing, he had traveled The coach indicated that the world and had more Green is "comfortable in his wonderful experiences than game. He understands how many people who live far to score, how he can score longer, through our offense. The guys OPENING NIGHT NEARS- like him. He likes them. I Head coach Doc Rivers think last year, even though addressed a number of topics he didn't play, it probably as the schedule of preseason did him a world of good just games came to a close itah ,Jeing around the guys and an 88-79 loss to the Philmiel- they accepted him. I think phia 76ers at the Garden on all that helped him. And now October 21 st. The setback left he's got a chance to do really the C's with a 3-5 record well." at the end of the warm-up KEEPING TABS ON FAB -- schedule. Of more impor- In a recent article that ap- tance was the fact that Rivers peared in the Syracuse Post- got to see his new players in Standard, the paper that coy- game situations and how they ered Celtics' rookie Fab Melo worked with the veterans, when he was in college, it was "I like the team," said stated that the center does Rivers, in a press conference not drive, wil} earn about following the Philadelphia $1.25 million this year, will contest that left the C's with probably spend most of the more than a week to get ready season in Portland, Maine for the October 30 th regular with the Celtics' NBA Devel- season opener at Miami. opmental League team and "I think we will still have to often plays FIFAI3 as his pre- be a better defensive team ferred video game. consistently to be a great The paper stated that dur- team," continue Rivers, who ing training camp he was is starting his ninth season driven around the Boston on Causeway Street, "and I area by former Syracuse think there's a lot of growth teammate Kris Joseph, who in our team. So how fast we was drafted by the C's in the do it, who. knows? We'll figure second round last June. Melo that out as the season goes was the 22 "d overall selection along. But ff we do grow in all in the first round. k