Maddalone stops Koval in Queens

The dream is still alive. He's 38, hasn't been able to get over the hump in a half dozen step-up fights, but bless his stubborn soul, Vinny Maddalone wants to get that title shot, that crack at a Klitschko (or a Povetkin, he won't be picky), before he hangs up the gloves for good. Maddalone kept that sliver of a dream alive with a TKO4 win over Chris Koval of Ohio Wednesday night at Russo's in Howard Beach, Queens. The Flushing native told me it wasn't an easy fight, that Koval came ready to rumble. He knocked the 25-9 loser to the mat in the first. "It was back and forth action, finally stopped him. He fought hard. It would have made a good TV fight," he said. That's the thing, Maddalone, now 35-7, is not the smoothest pugilist out there. But he makes up in heart size what he lacks in polish. If he were to ever secure a Klitschko shot, the guy would show up, and be prepared to spill a gallon of red to land a meaningful shot. That will be his legacy, even if he never gets the shot at the gold ring.