BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 27, 2010
by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr.
HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB
by Richard Preiss
HERO OF BOXING, PAUL DOYLE! RING 4 HALL OF FAME BANQUET SEPTEMBER 19TH
1967 New England Diamond Belt Champ.
“Flash!” It’s fighter Paul Doyle. What do you think of when you hear the name Paul Doyle? As a friend? Reassured. As an opponent? Not so good. I guess it comes from what side of the track you choose and work to get back on. Opponents grimace! Friends smile in having fighter Paul Doyle on their side. Paul Doyle, is a former Special Agent with the D.E.A. He was born a fighter. He’s faced adversity eye to eye many times. Face to face he’s stood up to tough oppo- sition. Paul Doyle has faced many tough battles. His hands often raised in the ring. I read 50 out of 52
times. His hands have often been raised in fights for jus- tice. Fight fans and society thanks you. He’s a gentle- man that personifies integ- rity in the ring, in uniform and in life. His service has touched many in a positive way. Like being “Touched by an Angel,” helped make so- ciety better. He fights the good fight for you, the people and underdogs of society. He’s a former New England Boxing Champion. I read “Doyle has been on a mis- sion since his early youth.” Helping others fight their way out of crime.” He philo- sophically emphasizes the significance of the state- ment. “You can never tell a great fighter till he has got knocked down.” In life one faces many challenges as faced by Paul Doyle. As said, it’s not getting knocked down. It’s what do you do after you get knocked down. Do you stay down and give up? Or do you get back up and fight back harder? Fight- ers get back up and fight back harder. Fighter Paul Doyle fights back. In doing so, encourages society. Paul Doyle is a 10th Special Forces, Green Beret and is the 8th and the Pacific Heavy- weight Champ. He now is Chairman of the New En-
Punching the heavy bag in the gym.
gland Chapter of the Asso- ciation of Former Federal Narcotics Agents. Corre- spondent Linda Thomas of Westwood Press writes, “Faces in the Crowd: West- wood’s Doyle Fights for the Underdogs.” This great story was brought to my attention by Mickey Finn, Ted Sares, Rich Torsney and Ed Brunt. Linda Thomas is an articu- late writer. She emphasizes pertinent detail. Detail rel- evant to the “Man!” Paul Doyle. To the humanitar- ian Paul Doyle, a veteran of Korea and a boxer. He’s a brothers keeper, a Rutgers University football player and an American hero. Paul Doyle. We’re glad you’re here. America, thanks you.
ALSO ... LET’S “LABOR DAZE!” SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 AT TWIN RIVERS
Vladine Biosse (Photo by Emily Harney)
Labor Daze, is Where? At Twin Rivers, Lincoln, Rhode Island. When? September 3rd. The main event features New England Super Middle- weight Champion Vladine
Biosse 7-0, 4 KO’s. This is a title fight. A University of Rhode Island football star fights the main event in defense of his title. A title that he recently won from tough Irish Joey McCreedy. Also on this fight card are Heavyweights Jesse Barboza 3-1, 3 KO’s of Barnstable; Jonathan Vasquez 1-0, 1 KO of New Bedford; Jesus Caro 5-0, 4 KO’s of Holyoke and Eric Estrada 1-0, 1 KO. Mak- ing their professional debut on this fight card are Pablo Rivera and James Smith. Eric Pinarreta 2-4, 2 KO’s of New Bedford fights Joe Gardner 5-1-1, 1 KO and Dustin Reinhold 2-1-1, 2 KO’s of New Bedford fights Rameil Shelton. Looks like this should be a good fight
Jesse Barboza (Photo by Emily Harney)
show. Call 401-724-2253 for tickets. As CES says, We’ll see you at the fights.
“BOSTON VS. THE WORLD!”
PRESENTED BY BOSTON BOXING Boston vs. the World. It’s New England All-stars. Boston vs. New York. An- other exciting show, at Club Royale, Boston. Boston Box- ing fights on September 11th. Call Boston Boxing at 617- 987-0142.
RING 4 HALL OF FAME BANQUET!”
The stars of boxing will be here. September 19, 2010 at the Florian Hall in Dorches- ter. For tickets, call Mickey Finn at 617-838-0055, Presi- dent Bobby Franklin at 617- 484-0263 or John O’Brien at
617-968-7068. Another all- star cast of individuals, Hall of Fame inductees: Joe Wright and John Ford. Other award recipients are: Jack Brady, Danny Long, Gerry Huston, John O’Brien, and Bobby Franklin.
BAD CHAD DAWSON VS. JEAN PASCAL Bad Chad Dawson of Connecticut is now 28-1, 17 KO’s. He fought World light heavyweight Champion Bad Chad Dawson 26-1, 16 KO’s of Montreal, Canada. Jean Pascal gave Dawson his first loss. Both are very good fighters. They fought in the backyard of Jean Pascal.
This is a factor that often gives a fighter an edge over another as an incentive to win. Did it? I don’t know. I just know that Jean Pascal is a very good fighter. Just as Chad Dawson is a very good fighter too. Chad Daw- son is the only fighter with a victory over Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamak. He’s good. This fight was stopped in the eleventh round as a victory by way of a technical decision for Jean Pascal. There is a rematch clause. Sounds like they’ll do it again. This was a good fight. Their re-match should even be better.
UFC AT TD GARDEN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 28
The highly anticipated rematch from UFC 112 is here as UFC lightweight champion and Toms River, New Jersey native Frankie Edgar (12-1) defends his belt against former UFC champion BJ Penn (15-6-1). Also, in the co-main event, multiple-time UFC cham- pion Randy Couture (18-10-0) takes on boxing legend James “Lights Out” Toney, mak- ing his UFC debut. Tickets are still available for the UFC’s first-ever event in Boston.
If you want an early and fan friendly peek at the Bruins — perhaps some of the current ones and definitely a number of the future players — you’ll get your chance in mid September when the rookies take center stage at the Garden for a pair of games.
Come September 15 and 16, the rookies for the Bruins will be facing their counter- parts from the New York Islanders in a pair of 7 p.m. starts in the Hub. Originally slated for Connecticut, the games were moved to the Garden, a much better venue in the heart of a larger pop- ulation center along with evening start times — a decision that hopefully will increase the possibility of having a better fan turnout.
In addition, the policy to flat price the building for the two nights—all seats are $5 each night — should also increase the possibility of having a good attendance.
Lest one think that games such as these have no mean- ing and essentially feature players going through the motions, people should know that such a perception is far from the truth. In fact, rookie games can be far more spirited than some regular season NHL games.
A good many years ago we witnessed a Bruins rookie game against the then Hart- ford Whalers. It was played on a weekday afternoon in mid September at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, the Bruins practice facility. The game featured an afternoon start. There probably were no more than 200 people on hand.
But even after all these years, we can still say the contest was one of the most spirited hockey games we ever saw. From the drop of the puck to the final whistle there was action up and down the ice — action that featured tough, physical play, a number of penalties and yes, fighting.
Why? Because the players knew that they were literally competing for jobs. Given that the veterans had already made the big club, that meant that there were only a lim- ited number of positions available. Those playing that day knew that if they made the Bruins or the Whalers they would be on an NHL roster, complete with all the perks of top grade hotels, food and airline travel.
Those who did not make the grade would be assigned to the American Hockey League, where most road trips featured long bus rides and accommodations a notch or two below those enjoyed by the NHLers.
No wonder then that the rookie game that day was more than just a game be- tween first year players. It was a contest that would play a very meaningful factor in deciding who would (or would not) be on an NHL roster come opening night.
So too, these games will enable the rookies to show-
case their talents over the duration of two contests — without having to share shifts and ice time with veterans. It will be their time to impress the coaching staff, to show what they can do and to put forth reasons why they should stick with the big club — or be very high on the list to be among the first to be recalled from Providence should injuries occur to play- ers on the Bruins roster.
Following these contests the full camp with veterans opens on September 17 and within days the string of seven preseason games be- gins, starting with a contest in Montreal on September 22 and concluding with two over- seas games in early October. Cuts will be made and play- ers assigned to Providence as the preseason games are played.
No longer will the rookies have the stage to themselves. They’ll be sharing it with the veterans. The first two regu- lar season games will be played in Prague, Czech Republic over Columbus Day weekend. The games in Europe will be the first over- seas appearance by the Bruins in half a century. By then the rookies will know where they stand as their first full season in the profes- sional ranks commences.
NOTES — The Bruins will also play a preseason game in a non-NHL city in the U.S. It will come on September 23 when the B’s take on the Florida Panthers at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. The new CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh will see its first NHL action when the Penguins host the Detroit Red Wings on September 22. The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks open their preseason schedule on the road, meeting the Tampa Bay Lightning in Winnipeg, Manitoba — the home of Blackhawks captain and Conn Smythe Trophy winner (Playoffs MVP) Jonathan Toews … The league’s regu- lar season begins October 7 and concludes April 10, 2011. The Hall of Fame game has Buffalo at Toronto on Novem- ber 6 … The Winter Classic on New Year’s Day features Washington playing at Pitts- burgh with Heinz Field as the venue … On January 30 the All-Star game will be played in Raleigh, North Carolina … The newly revived Heritage Classic will be the second outdoor game of the season. It has Montreal taking on Calgary at McMahon Stadium in that Alberta city. The always-looked-forward-to trading deadline comes even earlier this season — on February 28 in 2011 — as contending teams seek to bolster their rosters for the upcoming playoff run. Remember that two of the teams that come together in mid September will be play- ing in the Stanley Cup Finals in June — in reality a nine- month season for the two clubs. It’s probably the long- est in pro sports.