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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 28, 2011 TALK by Ro,n00,00o Jr. "We are Familyr' We're the Fight Family "Local Warriorsr' They're all About Being Real Fighters New Guys on the Block "Oing!" "The Pugs!" at the Florian Hall Fight Family Condolences to the Petronelli Family and the thou- boxing, Joe continued fight- sands of others ing for the people as a State with real cour- Representative and as the age. You touch longest serving State Auditor gloves and com- in Massachusetts history. mence fighting. Tom McNeeley -- 51 pro- "Ding!" Stick fessional fights including the and move or Heavyweight World title brawl for it all. amongst the elite of his era. You're the best. Tom is from a fighting family What are real of top fighters. fighters all Iron Mike Pusateri -- about? Here's world rated title contender what I see real Iron Mike Pusateri fought fighters being the elite of his day: Denny Tom Dargin, Rich Torsney and Joe Bias. all about; I see Goslow, Ted Williams, Joe real fighters be- DeNucci, Doyle Baird, Terry We are the "Fight Family!" ing able to say "I'm sorry" Downes, Leroy Holmes, What happens to one, hap- when accidentally bumping Juan Carlos Duran, Willie pens to US all. Fighters are into someone. Real fighters Ludiek, Charlie Shipes, real people. They face don't act tough in areas Denny Moyer, Skip Yeaton, obstacles and fight through where they know fights are Tony Lieata and Kid Bassey them. No one ever won a fight not tolerated. Real fighters II amongst many other fierce by talk alone. Fighters face stand eye to eye and face to fighters. He fought the elite reality and adversity "eye to face against opposition. Real of his great era. The great eye." Fighters face other tough guys face competition 49-0, 43 KO undefeated skilled fighters. In the ring, and have no fear. Real fight- World Heavyweight Cham- the cage and in the octagon ers get up and work to sup- pion Rocky Mareiano, worked face to face. Fighters risk port their family. Educating the corner of Iron Mike on defeat in order to obtain vic- themselves, Standing up to three occasions. Iron Mike tory. They fight other tough adversity. Hey! Facing real Pusateri is a very highly re- fighters facing the ultimate opposition is difficult. Fight- spected pugilist by all fight challenge. You know? Real ers do itl They fight where family members. tough opposition, as do all they will be allowed to fight. Richard Torsney, 1974 New athletes competing. Same Real fighters have courage. I England Champion is a suc- thing can be said of a parent applaud all real fighters, cessful business man who who raises a family and their Jimmy Connors -- A top fought World Middleweight children to be good, honest, fighter had 38 pro fights from Champion Marvelous Mar- productive citizens. Standing 1957-1963. Upon retiring vin Hagler twice in his box- alongside their spouse. I Jimmy went into business, ing career. Rich Torsney and am proud to be associated Owning seven different suc- World Champion Paul Pender with real fighters. Fighters cessful bars and restaurants are very good friends. who have the courage to in the New Bedford area at NEW GUYS, FIGHTING enter a ring, cage or octa- different times. THEIR WAY TO THE TOP gon: Paul Cardoza, Ryan Joe DeNucci -- World rated. Chris Traietti's a good Kielczewski, Irish Beau One of the best in the world, tough fighter, with talent. A Jaynes, Ryan Long, Eddie in one of the greatest eras of McAloney, Danny O'Connor, pugilism. He fought the elite saying in boxing is, "You can Bobby Bower, Chris Traietti, amongst a tough lineup of 73 never tell .a great fighter till they've got knocked down." In Todd Peters, Leo Gerstel fights. Upon retiring from your young fight career you've represented boxing well. You've got talent and ability. You've fought some very good fighters. Some of the best in the world. In the words of the great Charlie Ross, "Keep Punching." Please join us on Thursday, November 3, 2011 Kevin McBride repre- at Anthony's of Malden, 105 Canal Street, for sented Boston boxing well. a Kickoff Fundraiser for the statue honoring Born in Clones, Ireland, he came to the U.S. arid contin- TONY DE/MARCO ued his successful fight Former Welterweight Champion career. He fought the best of of the World/ " his era. The Clones Colossus represented Ireland at the Theeymting's 1992 Olympic Games in festivitlesbegin Spain. Our compliments to you on all you've achieved. at 6 pmwith a Danny O'Connor, 16 fights Cocktail Hour fol[0 by a in his early fight career. He's accomplished many great fazing-style : achievements. "Keep Punch- SltlOWn ing," as Charlie Ross always ditmer and live said. entertainment The next Pugs Luncheon featuring,: will be on November 8, 2011, at the Florian Hall in Dor- ---i  chester. Come on down. ] beloved wife of Fight Family II Fight Family prayers to the Trainer Great Goody Petron- elli. R.I.P. Marian J. Pat c LyoNs JoEvvoc=s D,v= =usso . (Gorman) Petronelli of Bridge- water. Married for 67 years, SlO0 per peff, on,  proceeds wfl| benefit the Tony DeMro S'a, is survived by three children. to be located h= goskm'  North End, home of Tony. DeMaro. 1Fo'iicketormo,eormatlon,,plP.aec,tllgill,CpadMor== Paul Petronelli, David Pet-  7m o Pame ./=Sno ,t 7sI441, ronelli, daughter Carrie Petronelli and seven grand- children. Side by side with every great man is a great eomen and vise versa. God bless you, and rest in peace. oq ' . THE START OF A NEW MIL- June 20, it wasn't all just LENNIUM -- That's what it washed down the drains. was for Joe Thornton, who Instead, some of it was played in his 1,001 st NHL saved and put into bottles. game when the San Jose Now the Bruins are dis- Sharks came to the Garden tributing some 300 of those on October 22. The night waterbottles to hockey rinks before the former Bruins throughout New England player had scored a goal and where it's hoped that the liq- added an assist during a 4-3 uid will be poured upon the shootout road victory over New local ice surface to create Jersey. what the Bruins are calling a Thornton was the first over- "Home Ice Advantage." all pick in the 1997 NHL draft Nathan Horton, who did and was taken by the Bruins some water bottle pouring whereupon he was unfortu- during the Stanley Cup Finals nately preordained by the in Vancouver, got the current media as a savior of the fran- campaign under way when he chise at age 18. Because visited the Simoni Skating of that he never really had Arena in Cambridge on Octo- a chance to grow into his ber 25, splashing Garden ice potential in Boston. He was water on the rink's surface expected to perform right which is used by several away, rather than to gradu- youth hockey teams. ally mature. Thornton played Over the next few weeks for the Brnins from the start each New England rink will of the 1997-1998 season until get a bottle to anoint its own November 30, 2005 when he ice surface. was traded to San Jose by 90 AND COUNTING -- The then GM Mike O'Connell. game with San Jose marked It should be noted that the 90 th consecutive sell- Thornton played more than out for the B's, a streak that half of those thousand and encompasses both regular one contests while skating season games and playoff for Boston. The 6' 4" center contests. The sting started played in 532 regular season back on December 5, 2009 games for the B's, scoiing 169 when the B's hosted those goals and added 285 assists same San Jose Sharks. for 454 total points. He also The last non-sellout game picked up 617 penalty min- at the Garden came on De- uCes. In addition, he saw cember 2, 2009 (a Wednesday) action in 35 playoff games, when the Brnins drew 16,533 posting 6-12-18 totals, for a game against the Tampa As he left the Garden follow- Bay Lightning. ing a 4-2 win over the B's, A BIG UPSET -- While the Thornton had career totals of Bruins were playing San 307 goals and 698 assists for Jose, a major upset in college 1,005 points to go with 936 hockey was taking place at penalty minutes. Coming into Agganis Arena where Holy the game with the B's he led Cross was in the process of the NHL in faceoff percentage upsetting nationally ranked (65.6 percent). Boston University in the His time on Causeway Terriers' own building. Street ended in the late fall By the time the ice chips six years ago, even though he had settled the Crusaders had was leading the B's in scor- pulled off the biggest upset ing at the time. After spend- of the young collegiate sea- ing seven plus seasons with son, a thrilling 5-4 victory the B's he supposedly took over the No. 7 Terriers. It was news of the trade hard but the first win by the Cru- blossomed on the West Coast saders over BU and their big- virtually upon his arrival, gest victory since upending going on to win both the NHL's No. 3 Minnesota 4-3 in the regular season scoring title NCAA Tournament back on (Art Ross Trophy) and MVP March 24, 2006. That Min- award (Hart Memorial Trophy) nesota team featured Phil that year. Kessel who went on to play for The swap for Jumbo Joe the Bruins and is now With brought Marco Sturm, Brad the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stuart and Wayne Primeau to In the game against BU, the B's. It would be Sturm who each team took 31 shots with would stick around the long- the Crusaders going 3-6 on est -- and etch his name into the power play while the Ter- Bruin's lore by scoring the riers were 0-3 when they had winning goal in overtime to the extra man. At one point defeat the Philadelphia Flyers Holy Cross held a 5-2 lead via in the NHL's Winter Classic four straight goals but BU game at Fenway Park on came back to cut the deficit January 1, 2010. to 5-4 with 12:45 left in the Traded to Los Angeles for contest. The win in the non- future considerations on conference game upped the December 11, 2010, Sturm Crusaders record to 2-1-0 became a free agent over the overall while BU fell to 2-2-0. summer and now plays for ALONE AT THE TOP -- Vancouver. Merrimack improved to 4-0 Although Vancouver will with wins over Northeastern come to the Garden on Janu- and UConn, enabling the ary 7 for a matchup between Warriors to remain the only the 2011 Stanley Cup final- undefeated team in Hockey ists, we'll have to wait until East. It is the first time they next year to see Jumbo Joe have started 4-0 since the grace the Garden ice once 1993-1994 season. They again, have never been 5-0 since WATER ON ICE -- It turns joining Hockey East. The last out that when the TD Garden time they were 5-0 was back ice was melted down back on in 1987-1988.