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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 "r v" /)', CORNER ALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Referee Dick Flaherty -- Mohegan Sun Official of the Year! Ring 4 Meets at Lindsey's on December 8th Honoring 4(7h Anniversary of Ring 4 Member "Tom Martini" "Hardest Punching Fighters" CES MMA Presents "Battle Tested" December 7th at Twin Rivers Others in Uniform Condolences to Rich Torsney on the Passing of his Uncle Frederick Torsney. R.I.P. Dick Flaherty (second from right) receives the Official Man of the Year Award. Great Interna- tional Referee Dick Flaherty has been named Mohegan Sun Official of the Year. Dick Flaherty is a great referee. His experience as an amateur and professional fighter carries over into his methodology and understanding of what's going on in the ring. Dick "Irish" Micky Ward Flaherty has ref- ereed many great fighters and fights in his career. Some of the great fighters he's refereed: Sugar Ray Leonard, Irish Micky Ward, James Toney, Jeff Lacy, Vivian Harris, John Duddy, Vernon Forest, Bob Benoit, Bill McCluskey, Danny O'Connor, Steve Collins, Jimmy Farrell, Vinnie Curto, Tony Petronelli, Jermain Taylor, David Tua, Kevin McBride, Aaron Pryor Jr., Sean Ecklund, Peter McNeeley, Zab Judah, Dana Rosenblatt and Juan Manuel Marquez among many other greats of the fight world. We salute and congratulate you! Coming soon to Lindsey's near you in Wareham. A celebration of the 40th anniver- sary of Ring 4 member Tom and wife Pat Martini on their highly valued and appre- ciated participation in Ring 4. Tom Martini is to be presented the Warriors Award and a 40-year plaque honoring Tom and wife Pat on their highly respected and appre- ciated contributions to Ring 4. This acknowledgement comes from many hon- orable Ring 4 members who appreciate and respect you both. Ring 4 met at Lindsey's. This was another great meeting. President Mickey Finn again presented and directed Ring 4 through another fine year. In attendance: President Mickey Finn, Ed Fitzgerald, Charlie Dwyer, Ed Connolly, Jimmy Connors, Bobby Bower, John O'Brien, John Buddy Ford, Jack Hurley, Tony Petronelli and myself. Other fight family members who have worn a uniform with a United States of America Flag: Johnny Hasson, Lou Bogash, Joseph Gemelli, Victor Gemelli, Johnny Otto, George Colton, Jimmy Beau and Dave Gemelli. The list goes on. Dan Cuoco of I.B.R.O. researched and found some great statistics on hardest punching fighters. This is a great list of fighters, hard punchers all. I will display this great list, 1-50, for now. fights they won and how many of those fights were won by knockout. I have printed the names, wins and KO's. They all are Hardest Punching Fighters. Ouch: HARDEST PUNCHING FIGHTERS #I. Joe Louis 68 wins - 54 KO's, #2. Sam Langford 137 wins - 99 KO's, #3. Jimmy Wilde 126 wins - 77 KO's, #4. Archie Moore 193 wins- 141 KO's, #5. Sandy Saddler 103 KO's, #6. Stanley Joe Louis Ketchel 49 wins - 46 KO's, #7. Jack Dempsey 49 KO's, #8. Bob Fitzsimmons 23 KO's, #9. George Foreman 76 wins - 68 KO's, #I0. Earnie Shavers 74 wins- 68 KO's, #I 1. Sugar Ray Robinson 175 wins - 109 KO's, #12. Ruben Olivares 79 KO's, #13. Wilfredo Gomez 42 KO's, #14. Rocky Marciano 49 wins - 43 KO's, # 15. Sonny Liston 43 wins - 39 KO's, #16. Mike Tyson 44 KO's, #17. Bob Foster 46 KO's, #18. Thomas Hearns 61 wins - 48 KO's, #19. Khaosai Galaxy 47 wins - 41 KO's, #20. Alexis Arguello 77 wins - 62 KO's, #21. Carlos Zarate 66 wins - 63 "Marvelous" KO's, #22. Max Baer Marvin Hagler 51 KO's, #23. Mat- thew Saad Muham- mad 39 wins - 29 KO's, #25. Julian Jack- son 55 wins - 49 KO's, #26. Danny Lopez 39 KO's, #27. Gerald McClellan 31 wins - 29 KO's, #28. Roberto Duran 103 wins - 70 KO's, #29. Rodriqo Valdez 63 wins - 42 KO's, #30. Felix Trinidad 42 wins - 35 KO's, #31. Pipino Cuevas 35 wins - 31 KO's., #32. James J. Jefferies 15 KO's, #33. Lennox Lewis 32 KO's, #34. Bennie Briscoe 66 wins - 53 KO's, #35. Marvelous Marvin Hagler 62 wins - 52 KO's, #36. Edwin Rosario 47 wins - 41 KO's. #37. Tommy Ryan 85 wins - 71 KO's. #38. John Mugabi 42 wins - 39 KO's, #39. Joe Frazier 37 wins - 32 KO's, #40. Carlos Monzon 87 wins - 59 KO's, #41. Tony Zale 67 wins - 45 KO's, #42. Michael Spinks 31 wins - 21 KO's, #43. Joe Gans 123 wins - 52 KO's, #44. Elmer Ray 85 wins - 63 KO's, #45. George Godfrey 96 wins - 78 KO's, #46. Naseem Hamed 36 wins - 31 KO's, #47. Alfonso Zamora 33 wins - 32 KO's, #48. David Tua 52 wins - 43 KO's, #49. Cleveland Williams 78 wins - 58 KO's, #50. Julio Cesar Chavez 107 wins - 86 KO's. As a saying in boxing I heard goes, "Don't look at a fighter's record. Look at who they fought." Not only do they have great records but look at the great fighters they fought. Ouch. The list of names of fighters listed were more than the 50 I displayed. CES and Jimmy Burchfield will present to you Battle Tested MMA on December 74 at Twin Rivers in Rhode Island. Eight excit- ing MMA matches. Scheduled are: Chuck O'Neil vs. Keith Jeffery, Matt Doherty vs. Terin Swanson, Todd Chattelle vs. Robby Roberts, Evan Parker vs. Dinis Paiva, Chris Foster vs. Tom Evans, Tyler King vs. Unknown Oppo- nent, Joe Palazio vs. Joe Cronin and Eric Bedard vs. Patrick Walsh. All of these exciting fights will be pre- sented December Chuck "Cold Steel" 74 at Twin Rivers. O'Neil HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss TORN ASUNDER, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO THE THUNDER -- The Oklahoma City team that made the NBA finals last year was taken down by the Celtics on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, giving the C's their most meaningful victory of the young season. When it was all over and the Green were standing tall following their hard earned 108-100 victory over the Northwest Division leaders, no one was prouder of their effort than Head Coach Doc Rivers. "I told the guys at halftime and even after the game that this was the Celtics. That's the team that we have been looking for." Still, questions remain for this edition of the C's. "Can we continue to do it?" asked Rivers rhetorically. "We've just got to do it over and over again. I thought there were some mistakes made but we kept playing. There were some runs but we kept play- ing. They made a run but we kept playing. No hanging heads, yelling at each other. We played through all the clutter. It was like a clutter free game for us. That's who we have to be." GIVING IT THEIR BEST SHOT -- And just what would that be? Well, according to Rivers, it would be getting the ball to one of the best playmakers in the game -- Rajon Rondo. "It's no secret, when we get the stops, we score," empha- sized Rivers. "I was telling our guys if we can just defend then we can get the ball to the best guy in the league in the open court. Their shot should be the first pass to Rondo. There's no one in the league better than Rondo at getting everybody else the ball when he's in the open court. The only way that works is if we get stops -- make multiple stops." LEAPING FOR JOY -- That's what former Bruins All-Star defenseman Ray Bourque did way back on Feb- ruary 29, 1992. Why? Well, according to the NHL stats people, that's when RaY scored his 1,000th point. However, it came on a spe- cial date on the calendar- Leap Year Day. It turns out that of the 79 players who have reached the 1,000 point mark, Ray is the only player in the league to accomplish the feat on Leap Year Day. Additional 1,000 point facts: No one has ever scored 1,000 points in 1,000 games but former Bruin Dave Andreychuk (who put in a stint on Causeway Street late in his career) came the closest, reaching the four- digit plateau in his 998th game. Also, Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk was one of only four players in NHL his- tory to reach 1,000 while wearing No. 9 on his jersey. The others were Gordie Howe {Detroit}, Bobby Hull {Chicago} and Norm Ullman {Toronto}. Newly inducted Hockey Hall of Famer Adam Oates, who played for the Bruins in the early to mid 1990s, also reached 1,000 while playing for the Washington Capitals during the 1997-1998 sea- son. Teammates Phil Housley and Dale Hunter also reached 1,000 the same season, marking the only time in his- tory that three players on the same team reached the mark during the same season. HOCKEY EAST -- Speaking of points, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College has regis- tered at least one point in the 11 games that the Eagles had played through Thanksgiv- ing weekend. In addition, the BC line of Gaudreau, Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney has combined for 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists) in those 11 games. The highlight was a 12-point performance in a 6-3 victory over Dartmouth. But the individual who is really on a tear is Mike Collins of Merrimack Col- lege. The Boston resident has scored 15 points in his last 10 games. All In -- Boston University saw 11 players record a point in the Terriers' 4-0 victory over St. Lawrence. It was BU's first shutout of a non-league opponent since the Terriers blanked Dartmouth 3-0 back on December 30, 2006. Looking further into the scoring balance at BU, 19 of the 20 skaters who have dressed for the Terriers this season have recorded at least one point and 16 of them have scored at least one goal. So, whoever is out on the ice -- even the third line or the fourth line -- represents a scoring threat. NBA ODDS AND ENDS -- Carmelo Anthony is the first player in the history of the New York Knicks to score at least 25 points in each of the season's first four home games at Madison Square Garden. He has led the team in scoring in 12 of the first 13 games this season. He's already scored 30 or more points four times this season. In last year's abbre- viated 66-game regular sea- son, he had 30 or more 14 times. Only three teams in NBA history have won their first five games of the season by double-digit margins. The 1957-1958 Celtics won their first five games and the 1985-1986 Denver Nuggets won their first six by 10 points or more. This sea- son, the Knicks became the third team to accomplish the feat, winning their first five games by double-digit margins. DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP TOO HIGH -- Just be- cause federal mediators are now present during the NHL lockout negotiations doesn't mean the shutdown will end. Like any time since it started back in September, the lock- out could end tomorrow or it could continue on for some time. But it's just a fact that every day brings us closer to the big call (no season at all}.