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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 11,2011 by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Fight Family World Hit Hard with Recent Passings of Two "Great Fight Family Members!" A 10-Count for TOM McNEELEY and IRON MIKE PUSATERI World Title Challenger Tough Tom McNeeley To all Fight Family Members. Our fight Family, has recently been hit hard with the recent losses of two of our great Fight Family Members. Both great fighters, and great individuals; Tom McNeeley, and Iron Mike Pusateri. Two great individuals, who both made a major impact in the World of Boxing, and in the life's of others. Both World Rated, as Men of Iron, college football player and U.S. President Ronald Reagan with semi professional football player and world title contender Iron Mike Pusateri. contenders, alongside of many other elites in Boxing. Both fought the greats in Boxing history. Both names shouted, and echoed around the World. I will in the coming weeks, db a profile on these two great icons in Boxing history. Rest In Peace Brothers. You will both Live forever, in the minds and thoughts of others eternally. God Bless you both. NIASHF Kick-off Fundraiser for Tony Demarco Statue at Anthony's of Malden November 12 th Cain Velasquez Takes on Junior Dos Santos Almeida in the M.M.A. Fight Family Members You'd Like to See Mentioned in this Column Androcoles and the Gladi- ator. Do you know who they are? Two individuals in Roman history. Portrayed and performed by two great distinguished area fighters. "The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street," World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco, and World Heavyweight Title Contender and Challenger Tom McNeeley. Both well respected in the World of Boxing. Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos Almeida fight on November 12 th. This should be a great Heavy- weight Title fight. Cain Velasquez is undefeated at 9-0, 8 KO's. Junior dos Santos Almeida 13-1, won 8 by KO, 3 by submission and 2 by decision. Junior won his last 3 fights and defeated Gabriel Gonzaga by TKO 1. Big Roy Nelson decision in 3 and Shane Carwin by de- cision in 3. Cain Velasquez at 9-0, 8 KO's, in his last 3 fights, defeated Ben Rothwell TKO 2, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira KO 1 and Brock Lesner TKO 1. This should be a very good match by both. The height and weight of Velasquez is 6' 1", and 244 lbs, Junior is 6' 4", and 239 lbs. The boxing skills of Junior Dos Santos has proven to be a big asset in his career along with all his Mixed Martial Arts skills. In defeating Shane 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 Signed copies also available at: Post-Gazette, 5 Pdnce St., Boston, MA Del Gaudio's, 17 North Square, Boston/Paul Revere House Green Cross Pharmacy, 393 I.lanover St., Boston, MA Carwin he relied on all his MMA skills. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos should give spectators an entertaining fight. Don't you really enjoy box- ing, the MMA, and Cage Fighting? All skilled fighters, who rely on their inner strengths and abilities. All Fight Family members who usually have manors and class. Abilities and traits that are continually per- formed by members in Fight Families. Such as President Mickey Finn and Ring 4 members, Pug Ring Leader Tom Martini and the Pugs' and the many, many others of our Fight Family. If there is any "Fight Fam- ily Member" that you would like to see mentioned in this column, please contact the newspaper you are read- ing and forward this infor- mation to me. When you do so, make me aware of their affiliation with the Fight Family or closeness to Fight Family members. I look for- ward to hearing from you. "Ding:" Men's Journal. Novem- ber 2011 edition. On the front cover is a picture of Muhammad All titled "Alia Man of No Compromise and How He Changed the World." On the front cover is a pic- ture of Ali, gloved up with bag mitts. The beginning of this article reads: How Muhammad All conquered fear and changed the world, by Mikal Gilmore He sure did. BAD BOYS -- Going into the game with the New York Islanders on November 7, the Bruins were the most penalized team in the Na- tional Hockey League, aver- aging 17.8 minutes per game. Brad Marchand was leading the B's in penalty minutes with 31. SEGUIN THE SHINING STAR- The Bruins second year player, who scored only 11 goals last season, is coming into his own this year. When he scored his first career hat trick in the game at Toronto on November 5, he became the youngest Bruins player to score three goals in one game since Sergei Sam- sonov accomplished the feat back on April 9, 1998. Sammy was 19 years and six months old at the time while Seguin is 19 years and nine months. SPEAKING OF HOCKEY -- The NHL has launched an official website in the French language as a complement to the English language NHL, com site. LNH.com reports on all 30 NHL teams and in that sense is much like the original English version, complete with sections on players, scores, schedules, stand- ings, statistics and polls plus a photo gallery. In addition, the site also features promi- nent French-Canadian play- ers and coaches throughout the league. Interviews with Bruins coach Claude Julien, who is fluent in French, are expected to be carried on the site. Earlier, the NHL intro- duced websites in Czech, Finnish, German, Russian, Slovak and Swedish with those sites prominently featuring content on NHL players from areas where those languages are spoken. A SINGLE STAAL -- The Staal brothers are well known throughout the NHL but as the teams play their second month of the season only Eric, the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, is playing. His brother Marc, the top defenseman for the New York Rangers, is still sidelined from a hit he sus- tained back on February 22. He's still suffering from con- cussion symptoms. The player who hit Marc? His brother, Eric. Eric says that in the heat of the game he didn't real- ize who he had caught with the shoulder-to-shoulder hit along the boards until after the collision. They have played against one another on various teams since their childhood in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The brothers are in con- stant contact with each other. Eric fully believes that Marc will rejoin the Rangers at some point, although ex- actly when is still uncertain. SUPPORT FOR TUUKKA-- Finally, in the game against the Islanders at the Garden, the skaters found ways to give goalie Tuukka Rask the support he deserves as the Bruins skated to an impressive 6-2 victory. It was Rask's first win of the season following a trio of setbacks in which his team- mates produced only a single goal for him in his first two games followed by just a pair of scores in the third. In fact, Rask had not won a game since he was in net for a victory over Atlanta back on April 2. He didn't see action at all in the play- offs, with Tim Thomas get- ting the call for every game during the Stanley Cup Championship run. "It was just a matter of time," noted coach Julien shortly after he took the podium for his post-game press conference. "I don't think we ever questioned his play. Even in those games he lost it was pretty obvious that his play was fine. It was the players in front of him that weren't doing a very good job. But they played much better in front of him (against the Islanders) and they gave him some cush- ion as well. He was able to play his game comfortably." "We wanted to get this win for him," said forward Gre- gory Campbell in the locker room following the game. He works hard every day and he's positive. He's a great goaltender. Tuukka's played well every time he's been in the net. We just haven't had the goals to support him so it was nice to get those goals and give him his first win." Captain Zdeno Chara also indicated the topic had come up prior to the game, "We put a lot of talk into it," noted Z. "It was something he de- served and we just didn't do a very good job early on when he was playing. You could see the guys really sacrifice themselves by blocking shots. We had guys willing to do their jobs to prevent any pucks going to the net and Tuukka made some really big saves when we needed it." And Rask's comment on the victory: "The sooner the better, right? I wasn't too frustrated but when you feel you're playing OK and then just losing, it's tough on your confidence a little bit. But we battled through it and it was good to get that win." HOME STAND TO STOP -- When the current five-game home stand comes to a close on November 17 with a game against Columbus, so will the much talked about imbalance in the early por- tion of the schedule -- one that has featured the B's playing 13 contests on Gar- den ice compared with only four on the road. That means that starting with the game on the road against the Islanders on November 19; the Bruins will play 37 games away from the Garden through the remain- der of the schedule, com- pared to only 28 at home. As they come down the stretch starting in mid-February, 16 of the final 27 games will be on the road.