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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 !r NER RLK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. All Fighters are Winners," Especially on this Cappiello Fight Card "'If the WorldWere Filled with Fighters it would be a Better World!" #13. 141 lb. Novice Donald Cote, BP Box- ing over Joshua Wright, Cappiello Boxing. #14 Heavyweight title Open Julian Pollard Brockton over Owen Miner. This was an excellent entertaining fight card. I, as well as the full house of fans are impressed. Fighters appeared well-trained and in good condition. Roger Pit Perron did another great job as Announcer. Many of the greats of the Fight Family: Mike Duna Cappiello, Rich Cappiello, Mike "Little Rock" Cappiello, Lee Meader, Joe Deltufo, Ken Klapman, Ed Bishop, Brian McDonough, Jimmy Farrell, Louis Porter, Martin Trainers and Directors of some of the great present and future champions: Peter Welch, Joe Ennis, Brian Powers and Dannye Thomas, who are keeping the future of boxing headed in a positive direction. At a Cappiello Boxing Fight Card at the V.F.W. in Brockton. A great Fight Card promoted by Cappiello Boxing: Bout # 1. Novice 141 lb. Etran Nunez, On Point Boxing over Kirby Espinal, Cyr Farrell Box- ing. #2. Novice 165 lb. Myant's Ross, Cyr Farrell over Ben Sotiriou, Camp Get Right. #3. Open 165 lb. Adam Paulino, Sampalis Boxing over Ryan White, Peter Welch Gym. #4. 152 lb. Novice Richard Allen, The Ring Boxing Club over Carlos Toledo, Unattached. #5. Novice Title 132 lb. Three tough generations of the Botta Family: Juan "Butcher Boy" Botta, Geno Botta and Tony Botta. Brandon Mayorga, Sampalis Boxing over Mark Cassino, Peter Welch Boxing. #6. Novice 141 lb. Michelle Walsh, Boston Boxing over Deanna Supernor, Camp Get Right. #7. Novice Title 141 lb. Mike Camp- anelli, Nonantum Boxing over Mike O'Han, Big East Boxing. #8. Novice 201+ lb. Jacob Paradise, Camp Get Right over Anthony Soto, On Point Boxing. #9. Novice 201+ lb. James Toney, Cyr Farrell over Danny Higgins, Grealish Boxing. #10. 141 lb. Open Anthony Marsella, Serious Boxing over Travis Demco, Big East Boxing. #11. 152 lb. Novice Jose Gomes, Bishop's Gym over Phil DeSilva, Redline Fight Sports. #12. 201 lb. Novice Bernard Joseph, Grealish Boxing over Ryan Meleedy Unattached. Another great lineup of champion fighters who are all passing their great knowledge to others in gyms. Sucra Ray Oliveira, Juan "Butcher Boy" Botta and Tony Petronelli. Wayne Lopes and Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, who'll be fighting on November I0th for Granite Chin Promotions in Derry, New Hampshire. Presently 7-1 and is rated 12th by the WBC, in the World. Grealsh, Tommy Collins, Peter Welch, Dannye Thomas, Tony Petronelli, Brian Powers, Joe Ennis, Stephen Clark, Rahshando Gunn, Juan "Butcher Boy" Botta, Tony Botta, Sucra Ray Oliveira, Wayne Lopes, Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, Jesse Barboza and the many great fighters of the Fight Family are here. Next Fight Family fight card, "Come on Down." I'd like to get your photo in the paper at the fights. Our compliments to Cappiello Box- ing. Do it again. You're a great Fight Fam- ily. First cousins with the Heavyweight Champion who has the greatest record in professional boxing history -- The Brockton Blockbuster Rocky Marciano. This was a great Fight Card. The fans were "enter- tained!" The fans want more entertaining Fight Cards like this again. All fighters are winners! Every fighter I've ever seen, who walk up the stairway of adversity, is victorious. Some fighters have only walked in a gym and hit the bags. They're victorious. That took courage, facing adversity in front of trained, maybe professional fighters. Facing adversity and obstacles every day are factors in life we face sooner or later. Having the courage needed, "walking u the st 'l vay, ,facin repared opposition in the ring and life. Following rules and instructions of trainers and referees." "Doing the best one can!" "Show- ing why you should get a raise." "Asking a beautiful nice lady out for a date." "Doing the best you can." "Working, making soci- ety better!" "Enlisting in the military." "Enforcing the law." "Taking your first step as a child." "Being honest." "Saying noI" "Getting up after a knockdown!" "Apolo- gizing when fouling" and accepting when fouled!" "Losing the 1st and 2"d round and more. Still fighting back for victory. Doing the best you can. That is what fighters are all about. In thinking about it further, victory is achieved by fighters in the ring by: cham- pions, contenders, promoters, opponents, managers, trainers, sparring partners, applauding and booing fans, media, spon- sors, referees, judges, spouses, children, cousins, uncles, aunts, parents, grand- parents, friends, neighbors and all. It can't be done without you. All qualities, pos- sessed and faced by real fighters. If you've never been to a fight, check out the next fight card you see. You might be "Right at Home!" HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss DUTY CALLS -- It was the day Hurricane Sandy came to town but even that plus the NHL lockout couldn't shut down the front office of the Bruins. We know because as we were going through North Station shortly before noon we saw Cam Neely, the president of the Bruins, buy- ing his lunch from one of the food vendors in the station. In the background, loud- speakers were blaring that all commuter rail service would end at 2:00 pm be- cause of the severity of the storm. But Cam was there, still on the job. We recall the historic statement that's made with reference to letter carriers. "Neither rain, nor snow nor gloom of night can stay these couriers from their appointed rounds." Although it's an- other line of work, it looks like the Bruins have a top employee who demonstrates loyalty above and beyond the call to duty. By the way, It seemed Cam was not approached by any- one in the station and was not recognized by the food servers. Has NHL hockey slipped that far out of mind during the lockout? IT WORKS BOTH WAYS -- In a rather extensive ac- count in the Boston Herald on October 29% former Celtics point guard Ray Allen gave his version of his final months during last season. Among other things, Ray said that he didn't like the fact that he was "on the trade block" so often last year. But that's how it is in pro sports. Players do get traded. It's a fact of life at that level. We remember years ago when newly appointed Cel- tics Director of Basket- ball Operations Danny Ainge traded Antoine Walker to Dallas. Walker didn't like it. But Ainge said he knew how Walker felt. Why? Because as a player Ainge had been traded twice. Ainge has said numerous times that no player is "untradeable." So why did it come as an affront that something like that was being considered, especially given Ray's age (now 37) and the fact that he would be- come a free agent at the end of the season? Although Ray wound up not being traded last year, he did experience that five years earlier when he was dealt from Seattle to the Celtics in 2007. There didn't seem to be any complaints around that time. Why should there be hurt feelings concerning last season? Ray Allen left for money. There's nothing wrong with that. But if he really liked it here wouldn't he have found a way to stay -- and make additional income via endorsements? We always liked Ray when he was here and continue to do so. He didn't have to go to Miami. That was his off- season choice as a free agent. If he wanted to stay he could have. The Celtics offered him a contract. He was the one that turned the Celtics down -- not the other way around. Wejll see how much Ray plays this season for Miami -- the defending NBA cham- pions. Ray stated in the piece that he likes how Heat Coach Erick Spoelstra has chosen to play him so far. But that's been in the pre- season. Now that the regu- lar season has started will that continue? Time will tell. Fans will have to wait a while to see. Ray won't play on Causeway Street this season until the Heat visit on January 27th. They'll also play in the Garden on March 18th. By that time, we'll definitely know if Ray regrets or is happy with his move. We'll also know how things are shaping up for the playoffs and what the chances are that both teams wilt meet again in the playoffs. Knocked out of the playoffs by the Heat last year, the Celtics would like nothing more than to get even. JULIEN'S JUNIOR TEAM -- What was Bruins Coach Claude Julien's greatest chal- lenge as a coach? It did not come in the NHL. Accord- ing to, it came in Canadian juniors in the time after he won the Memorial Cup in 1997 with the Hull Olympiques. Only three players re- turned the next season and they had been low ranked substitutes during the cham- pionship year. But the coach built a team and made the playoffs in 1998. Then, the next year (1999} he had 17 rookies but made it to Game Seven of the finals. "Those two years combined are pretty special to me," said Julien. The coach also feels that there's a special rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks. "There was a lot of stuff that happened in the (2011) Final that carried over. You saw it when Vancouver came to Boston (last January). They came in with a vengeance and did a great job. They've become big-time rivals and it just adds to the flavor of the game. I think it will last too. They circle us on the calendar, we circle them." But they won't be at the Garden this year. All games through the end of Novem- ber have been shelved by the lockout. If- and that's a real big if- play starts in December and picks up with the original schedule, the B's are scheduled to play at Vancouver on Decem- ber 29th. If the schedule is modified in any way they may play on another date or they may not play at all. And, of course, they will not play any games until the lockout is settled. WORLD SERIES RARITY- When this year's Fall Clas- sic ended on a called third strike it was the first time since 1925 that the Series had ended that way. e i;