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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 16, 2011 CORNER ALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. ~:: Locals Honored in New York at the 25th Annual Ring 8 New York Holiday & Awards Ceremony Have a Merry Christmas and some "Punchr' on Boxing Day International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductions, Canastota, New York New England Ringside cover with John Ruiz and his fight team. This was a good magazine. Publishers Joe Bills and Rick Brutti. Great pictures and area names. Boxing great Jake Kilrain, who is buried in Quincy Massachusetts. "In loving memory of Jake Kilrain." A great Boxer who fought John L. Sullivan July 8, 1889. Died in Quincy, MA., December 22, 1937. Erected by Ring 4 V.B.A. Boston, MA. Ring 8 New York, {s hav- ing their 25 annual Ring 8 Holiday & Awards Ceremony December 18th from 12:30- 5:30 pm at Russo's on the Bay, Howard Beach, New York. Ring 8, 2011 Honorees are: Fighter of the Decade (The 90's) Roy Jones Jr., In the Fight of the year Delvin Rodriquez vs. Pawel Wolak, First Hispanic Heavyweight Champion of the World: John Ruiz of Chelsea; Out- standing Achievement Award: Tomasz Adamek; Trainer of the Decade: Emanuel Stewart; Ring 8 Promoter of the Year: Ziggy Rozalski; Uncrowned Cham- pion: Michael DeLaRue, Great World Champion Manny Pacquiao pictured with his Great Trainer Freddie Roach. Longevity Service to Ama- teur Boxing: Frank Penn, Humanitarian Award: Jill Diamond, Amateur Boxer of the Year: Marcus Brown, Ring 8 Member of the Year: Keith Sullivan, Official of the Year: Ralph Petrillo, Ring 8 Boxing Historian, Henry Hascup, Manager of the Year.." Phillip Pilevsky. There's more. Others sched- uled for attendance are: World Champions Mark Breland, Juan LaPorte, Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill, Lonnie Bradley, Kathy "Wildcat" Collins, Iran "The Blade" Barkley, Junior "Poison" Jones, and present IBF super featherweight champion Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano, and NABF Light- welterweight titlist Gabriel "Tito" Bracero, and "Con- tender Trainer Tommy Gallagher. Miguel Cotto won by TKO in "Tenl" over Antonio Margarito. Miguel Cotto was ahead 89- 82 on all three 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 these North End locations: Post-Gazette, 5 Pdnce St., Boston, MA Del Gaudlo's, 17 North Square, Boston/Paul Revere House Green Cross Pharmacy, 393 Hanover St, Boston, MA judges' score cards, at the time of his victorious stop- page, in the ninth round. I know. Boxing Day is not really Boxing Day. Boxing Day is a holiday observed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. A bank or public holiday that occurs Decem- ber 26th or the first Or sec- ond weekday after Christ- mas, depending on national or regional laws. I'll leave it at that. So prepare yourself to have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Boxing Day, with plenty of "Punch!!!" Brian "The Beast" Minto 35-4, dukes it out with Tony Grano 18-2-1 in a NABF Heavyweight Title Elimina- tor Bout on January 28, 2012, in Verona, New York. Prepare yourself for the 23"d Annual World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony, the Weekend of June 7th- I0th, Canastota New York. Massachusetts will be well represented with inductees. Freddie Roach, One of the Best Boxing Trainers in the World. A product of Dedham Massa- chusetts. Jake Kilrain Quincy, Massachusetts, who fought John L. Sullivan on July 8, 1889 in Richmond, Mississippi. This was the last Bare Knuckles world Heavyweight title fight, that was won by John L. Sullivan in 75 rounds, and last but not least, Famed Great Bos- ton Massachusetts Fight Promoter Rip Valenti. Rip Valenti along with inductees Freddie Roach and Jake Kilrain are known and admired around the world. Congratulations to you all and your great family. Here is the list of all inductees; Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, Mark "Too Sharpe" Johnson, Trainer Freddie Roach, Ring Announcer "Let's Get Ready To Rumble[" Michael Buffer, Broadcaster AI Bernstein, Boxing writer Michael Katz. Posthumous inductees; Co- coa Kid, Jake Kilxain, News- boy Brown, Leo Houck, Pro- moters Rip Valenti, Hugh D. McIntosh, and James Wharton. Another All-star ~,Clas~ o Lnduetees ......... LENS CRAFTER -- Sports Il- lustrated recently ran a fairly long piece on Walter Iooss, Jr., one of the magazine's master photographers who has spent 50 years covering athletic events. And, wouldn't you know it, for a person who has been all over the worldl it was a cur- rent member of the Boston Celtics that drew one of the most positive assessments from the photog. "As far as photography goes, (Michael) Jordan and Kevin Garnett are the best I've seen in front of a cam- era. They never change their posture or their faces. If I put a camera up to you, you're going to worry whether you're in the wrong position or whether you look bad. They understood the camera and they knew they looked good." While Jordan has retired to the ranks of ownership and KG may well move to the sidelines in a couple of Years, Iooss, whose first year at the magazine was in 1961 -- not bad for a fellow who didn't take his first sports picture (a shot of a New York Giants football game from the cheap seats) in 1959. Now 68 years young, he says he has no plans to retire. THE ROAD OFTEN TAKEN -- It was the poet Robert Frost who penned the famous poem The Road Not Taken. It is a poem everyone should read. But for one who has journeyed a bit more in life we present one Tomas Kaberle, formerly of the Bruins, who has managed to play for (count them)a quar- ter of NHL teams during the 2011 calendar year. Starting off the year with Toronto, he was traded to the Bruins back on February 18 for prospect Joe Colbourne and draft picks. To make room under the salary cap, the B's sent Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to Atlanta (now Winnipeg) for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. It was part of an attempt by the B's to reinvigorate the .power play. Kaberle was less than outstanding while with the Bruins -- but was with them at the right time as he experienced the full post- season ride to the Stanley Cup Championship. He became the latest ex- ample of a rent-a-player as over the summer he was signed as a free agent to a three-year, $12.75 million contract by the Carolina Hur- ricanes. But things didn't work out for the veteran defenseman as he had no goals and nine assists and was a minus 12 in 29 games with the Hurricanes. In early December the Canes un- loaded him to Montreal for Jaroslav Spacek, who will be a free agent come summer. But you know what? In his first game with Montreal Kaberle came to life as he assisted on both goals in the Canadiens' 2-1 victory over New Jersey. So, now that he's with the Habs, well be seeing a bit more of Tomas during the year -- unless, of course, he is traded to-a. Wost m Confere before too long. Seems like with him, it pays to a have a packed suitcase ready. HOW THE B'S PULLED OUT OF THE DIVE -- Early on, when the Bruins took to the ice for the first month of the season, they looked anything but the defending Stanley Cup Champions as they literally became a last place team. But now they are one of the best teams in the NHL. What happened? "I think we were a tired group and still not mentally ready to start the season," noted coach Claude Julien. "We had our backs against the wall there by the end of October and we had to do something. I think our focus came back, along with the urgency and commitment and then we started playing well again." And, says the coach, once things got rolling, it was just like old times. "The guys got that good feeling that they had at the end of last year and they've just kept it going. The biggest thing I think is that you saw the urgency come into play. When you see your team in last place at the end of Octo- ber after winning the Cup, I think that's certainly a wakeup call. But we had enough character, enough guys who had pride and wanted to do something about it." ACCOUNTING FOR YEARS OF INFLATION -- Vdhen Brad Marchand was fined $2,500 by the league recently, coach Julien was asked what that amount of money would have meant to him during his playing days. "That would have been my yearly salary. I didn't even get a signing bonus," he replied. ALMOST A DECADE -- When the Bruins posted a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on December 13, it was the first time the B's had shut out the West Coast team in nearly a decade. Of course, the Bruins and Kings don't play that often -- no more than twice a year and sometimes less than that, depending on the schedule. Still, it was interesting to note that the last time the Bruins white- washed the Kings was way back on January 10, 2002 when Byron Dafoe and John Grahame shared netmind- ing duties, during a 5-0 vic- tory, This time it was all Tuukka Rask who stopped all 41 shots to pick up his first shutout of the season and the ninth of his career. ALL ALONE -- Through games of December 13, the Bruins were the only team in the NHL that had not allowed a shorthanded goal this season. In contrast, the New Jersey Devils led the league in shorthanded goals allowed with eight. STREAK STOPPED -- When Bruins goalie Tim Thomas had his 10-game win streak halted via a 2-0 loss to Florida back on December 8, it ended the longest win streak by a B's netminder since Andy Moog won 10 straight from Febru- ary~2.7TMarch 25, 1993.