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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 A. qD RNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira. Jr, 8 th Annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees "Congratulations to you A/l/" Now here at Pugs' Luncheon, We Salute Pugs in "Uniform" Pug Ringleader Tom Martini Pugs "at Attention" Condolences to Great Friend, World Champion Carmen Basilio Upcoming Fights & Recent Results At the 8 th Annual Con- necticut Boxing Hall of Fame inductions, there was another all-star list of inductees from Massachu- setts. Great international referee Dick Flaherty, 5 time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, WBU, I.B.A. Middleweight, IBO Super Middleweight Champion Dana Rosenblatt, top Pro- moter Jimmy Burchfleld of CES, WBA Junior Middle- weight Champion Travis Simms, Manager George Cruz, Manager Promoter Lou Viscusi, Professional Boxer of the Year Tony FNT" Grano, Amateur Boxer of the Year Eivis Figueroa, special mention as a contributor to boxing Mitchell Etess. Con- gratulations to you all! Pug Luncheon Members at Florian Hall in Dorchester. Name/Service to the U.S. Flag. Pug Ring leader Tom Martini, U.S. Navy, Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, USMC Grunt, Mary Nelson, Charles P. Dwyer, U.S. Marine, Dick Flaherty, U.S. Army {4 u Division) and Mas- sachusetts State Police Don Green, U.S. Marine and Mas-, sachusetts State Police Dan Cuoco, U.S. Army Mathews Kersbergen, Dutch Army Joke Doucette, U.S. Army 7 th Division Jimbo Curran, his father James Curran St., Medic 3 rd Army WWII Ri- chard J. Hand Jr., U.S.M.C., Flo Dube, Ed Fitzgerald, past president Ring 4, and U.S. Navy, Robert E. Benoit, 34 years Massachusetts State Police, Richard J. Grif- fin, Shirley Adams, Paul Doyle, U.S. Army i0 th Spe- cial Forces Green Beret, Ann T. Murphy, Maureen Murphy O'Connor, Jimmy Connors, U.S. Air Force, Joe Marques, U.S.M.C., Rick Rudolph, Bob Hayden, Bos- ton P.O., Art Boyson, U.S.N. All great, proud Americans who've helped keep this a better place. As are Manager Jerry Cahill and Banquet Manager Mary- ellen Strumm of the Fire- man's Post, Florian Hall Dorchester. Great staff, food and service. All ac- counted for and all great Americans. nificantly to the world of box- ing. Husband and wife Tony & Dottie DeMarco have en- joyed a great friendship with Carmen Basilio and wife Josie Basilio over the years. Tony and Dottie DeMarco attended the services of U.S. Marine Carmen Basilio in New York who was laid to rest with full military honors. "Semper Fi!" Promoter Jimmy Burchfield of CES. Inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. Congratulations! R.I.P.: Two great individu- als from the fight world: World Champion Carmen Basilio of Canastota New York and Trainer of World Champions Emman- uel Steward. World Champi- ons Carmen Basilio and Tony DeMarco fought in two great epic battles. Their 1955 Battle Royale was voted "Fight of the (whole) 20 th Century!" Both great war- riors whose magnificent battles are carved into his- tory for eternity. Carmen Basilio won the World Wel- terweight Title on June i0, 1955. Tony DeMarco and Carmen Basilio, again, fought on November 30, 1955. In these two great battles, both fought at an unparalleled pace. World Champion Tony DeMarco and World Champion Carmen Basilio brought the beat out of each other. World Welter- weight Champion Carmen Basilio went on to fight and win the World Middle- weight title from Sugar Ray Robinson on September 23, 1957. This is possibly one of the greatest eras in box- ing history. Carmen Basilio also fought Johnny Cesario, Lew Jenkins, Chuck Davey, Gil Turner, Gene Fullmer, Art Aragon, Billy Graham, Ike Williams, Pierre Langlois, Gaspar Ortega, Don Jordan, Paul Pender and Johnny Saxton, amongst many other greats. Both have contributed sig- UPCOMING AND RECENT FIGHT RESULTS: November 24 th on HBO from California: Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto, welterweights, Richard Abril vs. Sharif Bogere light- weights and Carlos Quin- tana vs. Keith Thurmond, super-welterweight. 24 th in England: Ricky Hatton vs. Wyacheslav Sanchenko, welterweights. 30 th Wealth TV and Wealth.corn: in En- gland: David Price vs. Matt Skelton, heavyweights. De- cember 1 "t on Showtime from Madison Square Gar- den in New York: Miguel Cotto vs Austin Trout. S th on P.P.V.: Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marqnez, welterweights, battle it out at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. 15 th on Showtime from Los Angles: Amir Khan vs. Carlos Molina, super- welterweight. 22 "d on NBC from Sands Casino in Penn- sylvania: Tomasz Adamek vs. T.B.A.: heavyweights. Other great fight family Americans who've worn a uniform with an Ameri- can Flag for the good ole United States of America: Ed Connolly, Jerry Hus- ton U.S.M.C., Carly Rose, U.S.M.C., Bobby Silvia, U.S.M.C., John Atone, U.S. Navy, Charles Babe Wood, U.S. Army, World Champion Joe Louis, U.S. Army, Jack Monroe, U.S.M.C., Chic Rose, U.S.M.C. Fight results: Tiffany Junot defeated WBC Super- welterweight Champion Mia St. John in California. Heavy- weight Robert "The Nor- dic Nightmare" Helenius 18-0-0, 11 KO's defeated 40 year-old Sherman Tank Williams 35-12-2, 19 KO's, in Helsinki Finland, by unanimous decision. W,n a Tr, p to SUPER BOWL XLVII Make a $10 tax-deductible donation to the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) .,'I[ k. ow through December 14, 2012 for a chance to win roundtrip airfare for two to New Orleans, two tickets to the big game, a four-night stay in a four-star , hotel and various Super Bowl amenities. All are welcome to enter; Sons of Italy membership not required /-- Ways to enter: online at, by texting "Superbowl" to 91011 AI'I or by mail-in donation to Sons of Italy Foundation, 219 E Street NE, :w _.. - - Washington, DC 20002. To enter without making a donation, visit SIF.myw2nxcom. -- No purchase necessary. For complete rules and regulations, see Sons of Italy Foundation  Super Bowl Sweep- stakes Official Rules at their website at Sons of Italy Foundation supports Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society & Wounded Warrior Project PLANNING FOR AN EMER- GENCY -- Although refer- ences to the lockout tend to dominate whatever minimal media coverage the NHL re- ceives these days, the Min- nesota Wild are thinking way past that -- not only about the return to action but to learn from an emergency that oc- curred just last season. According to, it arose when the team's No. 1 goalie Niklas Backtrom went home for the birth of his child. With a home game com- ing up against the Nashville Predators, No. 2 goalie Josh Harding got the start and AHL netminder Matt Hackett of the Houston Aeros got the call to serve as backup. There was only one prob- lem. Hackett's flight to Min- nesota would not have him arrive until nearly game time -- and that was if there was a perfect trip without any delays. So, the Wild decided to suit up a 51-year-old who had served as a practice net- minder over the years. They signed him to an amateur try- out contract and he was on the bench in Uniform until Hackett arrived with min- utes to spare. The chances of such a sce- nario occurring in Boston are reduced, of course, since Providence (the home of the Bruins' AHL affiliate) is only about 50 miles from the TD Garden. Thus, anyone called up to Boston could just make the trip by car, if both teams were home. If one or both teams were on the road then it would be a different story. And a pleasant story line the Wild chose to make out of their predicament. Minne- sota decided to have an emer- gency goalie contest, a move that has generated a good amount of positive publicity. Some 11 netminders from around the state showed up to compete for a chance to have their day on an active NHL bench during a game. Last year's emergency goalie plus Wild goalie coach Bob Mason and the Wild's TV ana- lyst (former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay) served as judges. As of this writing the field had been whittled down to two finalists, with the winner to be determined via a celeb- rity shootout during an AHL game that has been imported to the Wild's home venue -- the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Perhaps it is something the Bruins might consider doing in the future. The chances are quite high, of course, that the emer- gency goalie would never be used. Then again, it doesn't hurt to be prepared. And it never hurts to have positive publicity. ALL ABOUT OATES -- The afterglow of well wishes following Adam Oates' induc- tion into the Hockey Hall of Fame continues With cur- rent Bruins President Cam Neely recalling the center's time on Causeway Street. Neely was one of the prin- cipal beneficiaries of Oates' passing skills (another was Brett Hull of St. Louis) dur- ing the nearly two decades that the Ontario native displayed his skills in NHL arenas. While all Bruins fans old enough to remember can re- call Neely's 1993-1994 sea- son when he scored 50 goals in 44 games with Oates at center, the prolific stretch actually continued across multiple seasons. According to the NHL's website, Neely (who was slowed by injuries) was only able to suit up for 153 games during Oates' four full sea- sons on Causeway Street. But when he was on the ice with Oates he took full ad- vantage of that time, scoring 114 goals in that 153 -- game span. "He was the best playmaker I ever played with," Neely told the website. "When he first came to the team, I told him where I'd like to get the puck and after that we just connected on the ice. He just saw me and knew where I'd like to go and where I wanted to be when I received the pass." COMING TO BOSTON COL- LEGE NEXT YEAR -- That would be Ian McCoshen, a 6-2, 207 pound defenseman currently in his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. Last week I committed to play college hockey at Boston College," said the Hudson, Wisconsin native. "Boston is really a college town with a great atmosphere for college hockey." His campus visit included going to a literature and com- position class and talking with BC players. "They told me to go with the school that felt right and was the most comfortable fit. They were really helpful and didn't push me too hard to choose BC, which I hadn't expected." FOR THOSE OF YOU WON- DERING -- When the NHL cancelled the 2004-2005 sea- son, the official announce- ment was made by Commis- sioner Gary Bettman on Feb- ruary 16, 2005. If it comes to it, when will the big call be made concerning the 2012- 2013 season? While no one has put forth a possible date, there's speculation all over the Internet that it could come earlier this time around. LOOKING AHEAD -- TWo of the NCAA Division I men's hockey regionals will be held in New England once again. The East Regional will be held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI on March-30th--31 t. A double- header will be played the first night starting at 5:30 pm fol- lowed by the regional final the next night at 6:30 pro. The Northeast Regional will be played at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manches- ter, N.H. on March 29th-30 th. The opening night double- header will start at 4:30 pm with the regional final set for the next night at 6:30 pro.