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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 4, 2011   CORNER TALK by Reinc31do OlJveira, Jr. The Event: "Rocky Marciano Tournarnent" They Came, They Saw and they Conquered. "A Warrior's CodeF' & "Real Warriors & Heroes!" i It's October 21 st. We're be- ing entertained at the "Rocky Marciano Tournament" in Brockton. This fabulous box- ing tournament provided punches in bunches for all. The first bout was very exciting between sub-novice 141 pounder Cody K. Haas (unattached) and Jamal T. Saunders (Sampalis). They provided plenty of action for all. They displayed a good glimpse of what is to come from these future champs and contenders. Cody vs. Jamal both fought their hearts out for fight fans. In Bout #2:178 lb. Jason J. At the Fights with Ken Klapmanm, Brian McDonough, Bakanowski {Camp Get Mike "Little Rock" Cappiello and Steve Derouen. Righ t ) vs. Christopher Taylor (Boston Boxing), #4: Rosinsky now 14-1, 8 KO's allowed to be "beat up," and 132 lb. sub-novice Oscar N.Y. To all Red Sox and fans not get the person who beat Vergara (The Ring) vs. Rob- of baseball, I know you know them up in trouble. They ert Lyons (Somerville Box- what N.Y. stands for. It know law abiding citizens ing), #5:152 Ib sub-novice stands for "New York!" My avoid street fighting espe- Indya Sheehan (MK Boxing) second favorite baseball cially because of getting in vs. Kelly Morra (On Point team after the Boston Red trouble. Starting fights on Boxing). #6:141 lb. sub- Sox. Badou Jack 8-0, 7 KO's the street where they know novice Alden W. Witman of Las Vegas won by TKO in it will be broken up "is for (Nonantum Boxing) vs. 5 over Eddie Caminero 7-6, punks!" Or where they Derek Young (Cyr Farrell 7 KO's of Lawrence, Mass. know they can only win by Boxing). In #7: Heavyweight Frank Galarza 4-0, I KO NY, using a needed weapon, vs. Brandon MonteIla (Cyr won a 4-rounder over Daniel who can "beat them up!" Farrell Boxing) vs. Volodimir Lugo. De|en Pars|ey NY, These clowns make me Duda (Boston Boxing). #8: 7-0, 2 KO's, decisioned in laugh! "Ha, ha!" They don't 152 lb. Travis J. Demko six Jevon Boisseau 3-6-1. realize real fighters don't (unattached) vs. Jeffrey Gabriel Bracero 18-0, 3 KO's, act tough, real fighters Spadea (CappieUo's). #9:165 N-Y, decisioned in ten Daniel are tough. Real fighters lb. Brian Ferro (Peter Sostre tl-5-1, 4 KO's N.Y. fight to protect society. Real Welch Gym) fought Francis Ryan "The Polish Prince" fighters fight to make life Deveraux (Gomes Gym). #II: Kielczewsk| 12-0. 2 KO's better for all. No acting like 152 lb. Open Nick DeLomba of Quincy, Mass., won in the jerk on the street, stage (unattached) vs. Joseph E. 6-rounds over Willie Vil- and in the courtroom. Self Farina (So. Boston Boxing). lanueva 10-4, 2 KO's. Luis defense is the only reason This was another great ama- Rosa Jr., 9-0. 5 KO's of Conn. real fighters fight on streets. teur fight card. A memorable won too. All kept their "O's", Real fighters are tough in part of their career. Maybe after tough bouts. The only ring or gyms. If not there, we saw a future amateur or fighter to lose his "O" was they engage in football, base- professional fight star. Many Will "Power" Rosinsky now ball, basketball, track and started here in Massachu- 14-1, 8 KO's to undefeated field or other competitive setts. All fighters on this Edwin La Bomba Rodriquez. athletic sportS. Tough fight- fight card, I see as winners What is a Wazor's Code? ers also "fight with their Fighters listed first were vic- Did I just make that up? I mind." Parents who raise tors in these bouts. Fighters guess I kind of did. Real war- their children to be good listed second also got the riors walk around with con- American citizens. Mothers praise and admiration of tent expressions on their and fathers who wake up spectators. They got the faces. Not like individuals early, work hard and provide respect and admiration of who walk around with what for their family. opponents and fight fans. In I call the "ugly face expres- Happy Fight Family Birth- other bouts #3:132 lb. sub- sion"! You know, the expres- days, on November 4 th th novice, Ricardo DeloSanos sion of ."trying to look mean Robbie Simms, 14 Mike (Manfredo's Gym) and Leo ar,:toso t everyone will Ryan. Bergin (The Ring) fought a think that they are ?X!*#@ R.I,P. World Heavyweight very good match. #10:178 lb. Ding Ding!!!. They try to in- title contender and chal- sub-novices Maximillian timidate others by trying to look lenger Tom McNeeley. The Weidi (Boston Boxing) and tough. Having an ugly expres- next column will.carry a Andrew J. Puopolo (On Point sion on one's face looking mad tribute to this top tough Boxing) engaged in a very and like everyone should get Heavyweight. well fought match by both. out of their way because #12: Julio Perez (Hudson they're mad. To me that is Boxing) and David Melendez the look of ti sap! Thinking (unattached) entertained they look tough because this fine fight card with an- they are unhappy and mad. other entertaining fight. Thinking that others will They exhibited the courage get scared of ,them because to enter the squared circle they look like tile diaper and face adversity. They en- they have on hasn't been gaged in battle with other changed yet. Give me a tough trained fighters. Many break. If they are that mad veteran fight family mem- and ready to Fight, go to a bers are here in attendance: gym and fight. They'll get trainers, officials and admir- plenty of others willing to ers. All in Support of rising fight in gyms, cages and fight: family champions and octagons. "Ding!" Get my figh:istars" drift! Fight family members AtiFoxwoods: They're still realize guys who usually World Heavyweight title unfeated fighters after start fights where they'll be challenger Tom McNeeley tough bouts: Edwin "La protected "are chumps!" spoke at a boxing function Bomba" Rodriquez 20-0, 14 Walking around like they in Boston. His brilliant KO's of Worcester, Mass. He can beat everyone up. words of wisdom still fought and decisioned previ- They're really scared to go inspire many. God bless ously unbeaten Will Power into a gym where they'll be you and rest in peace. ANOTHER GAME SEVEN, ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP It was 135 days after the championship celebra- tions began in the Hub but a team in the Heartland got to celebrate once again. We refer, of course to the St. Louis Cardinals, who captured the seventh and deciding game of the World Series on October 28 th- some 135 days after the Bruins took out Vancouver back on June 15. The cities are somewhat linked because it was the Red Sox who derailed the championship hopes of the Cards, sweeping them in four games, to claim the 2004 World Series. St. Louis then came back to capture the title two years later by defeating the Detroit Tigers in five games. So we hope all the fans in Cardinals Nation -- who are numerous, given that there isn't a major league baseball franchise in the states directly to the south Ala- bama, Arkansas and Missis- sippi being prime examples. NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP -- Well, it happened, didn't it. After the Bruins lost on October 27, the Stanley Cup Champions fell into last place in the Eastern Confer- ence, prompting all those who had warned of "Stanley Cup Hangover" to say we told you so. True, it wasn't a good feeling but there were some positives to be found on the listing ship. First, the goaltending remained solid with Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask keeping the Bruins in nearly every game. Thus, secondly, the B's could have won several more games if it weren't for the proverbial missed chances. As the B's prepared to enter November, they had lost five games by one-goal margins. Another thing that's a bit of a positive is that if something like this had to happen, it's good it happened early. It took the Bruins less than 10 games to fall into the Eastern Conference cellar. They thus have roughly the remaining 85 percent of the season to do something about it. They appeared to have started to do something about it on November 1 at the Garden when the B's defeated the Ottawa Sena- tors, 5-3 -- breaking the six game winning streak of the visitors from Canada. In contrast to several prior games, the Bruins seemed to come alive and not get down on themselves, com- ing from behind twice and surging in front on the strength of two third period goals. If it harkened back to last year and brought forth good memories, that's because it did -- starting with coach Claude Julien. Asked during his post-game press confer- ence whether this was the closest the team has come to playing as they did last season, the coach responded "I think so and I think the difference is our confidence. I think the fact that we were better at putting pucks behind their defensemen plus our chasing and fore- checking was a lot more than our team last year. Our determination was a lot better and positive." While the victory didn't lift them out of last place in the conference -- they were tied for last place with the New York Islanders, it was also true that things remained fairly bunched up with only seven points separating the B's from Toronto the leader in the Northeast Division. Thus, because it is so early, just a few victories can send them upward by several places in the stand- ings. And remember, they don't have to necessarily fin- ish at the top of the heap to have a fine postseason. All a team has to do is qualify for the playoffs by finishing eighth or higher. The prime example of this is the 2009-2010 Philadelphia Flyers. who qualified via a shootout on the last day of the regular season and then proceeded to advance all the wayto the Stanley Cup Finals. They didn't win (Chicago did). But it did illus- trate how different the expe- riences can be for a team in the regular season when contrasted with its playoff performance. But as one left the Garden on the first night of November, the horrors of the Halloween season of October seemed to have at least temporarily passed and the horizon, like the coming of dawn, seemed brighter indeed. One game does not a month or season make, but it was a good win over a quality team, a most satis- fying way to start the second month of the regular season. JFK ELECTION ANNIVER- SARY -- Those of a certain age might recall that it was exactly 51 years ago (Tuesday, November 8, 1960) that John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. Kennedy concluded his national campaign with a rally and speech at the old Boston Garden the night before and then went back to his apartment adjacent to the State House. The next morning Elec- tion Day -- he and his wife went to the Old West Church on Cambridge Street and cast their ballots. It's a historic day that folks might pause and think about as they go about their daily activities on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM