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April 1, 2013

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Gonzalez victorious

Pedro Gonzalez is back in the win column. In his first fight since February 2011, the Gloucester native picked up his first win in 22 months with a second round submission win (guillotine choke) over a game Dave LaChapelle in Derry, NH at Coliseum at the Cage: March Mayhem. Gonzalez improves his record to 9-5 with the win.

After a close first round that saw Gonzalez land some nice shots on the feet and LaChapelle land a few takedowns, “The Beast” began to hit his stride in the second round. Gonzalez softened his opponent up landing several knees in the clinch before wrapping up the guillotine choke and finishing the fight for his seventh career submission win, a hold that earned him Submission of the Night at Saturday’s Event.

It was a good start to what the Gloucester fighter calls “a make or break year” for him. Gonzalez was the No. 1 ranked Bantamweight (135 pound) fighter in the Northeast in 2011 but inactivity saw him drop from the local rankings. A win over a fighter like LaChapelle (ranked in the top 10 at 135 in the region) should put Gonzalez back in the local bantamweight rankings.

War of words

The rivalry between the Celtics and Heat added another chapter late last week as Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Heat president Pat Riley exchanged verbal taunts.

Ainge spoke out last week about LeBron James complaining about league officials calling the reigning finals MVP’s actions “embarrassing.”

Riley shot back telling Ainge to shut up and manage his own team and called the Celtics front office head a whiner when he played the game. Ainge played against Riley’s Lakers teams three times in the NBA finals back in the 1980’s.

Danny Ainge’s response to Riley’s shot was an appropriate one saying both he and Riley were correct. Ainge admitted to being a complainer back in his playing days but stood by his criticism of LeBron James.

Sure Riley has every right to stick up for his player, but Ainge’s criticism is right on the money. A player like LeBron James, who gets the star treatment from league officials, has no room to criticize their poor performance when he benefits from it 99 times out of 100. It’s beyond embarrassing that James would complain about the hits he takes given his stature in the league.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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