Single-fisted fighter to debut in Brooklyn

October, 4, 2012
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Michael Costantino of Queens was born without a right hand. Not being flippant, but one would think that would erase his chance of being a pro boxer. But on the evening of Oct. 27, Costantino will debut as a professional fighter, in a four-rounder.

The 33-year-old took part in two N.Y. Golden Gloves, and will make the leap to the pro class at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York, on a card promoted and headlined by Sadam Ali.

The multifight event will be available on pay-per-view.

"This is a dream come true for me," said Costantino, who works a 9-to-5 as a property manager in Brooklyn and Queens. "I always loved boxing. I was an athlete growing up, playing all sports, and a friend got me into boxing when I was 16. I thought boxing was a beautiful but hard sport and I respected individuals in boxing. I tried boxing and enjoyed it. My goal is to show people that anything is possible."

Did the New York Commission look twice and make him jump through hoops to get a license? "I had no problem getting licensed," he said. "Fighting on pay-per-view is important because, the more people who see what I'm doing, the better. I'm just focusing on this fight but I definitely want to show people that anything you put your mind to is possible."

The Brooklyner Ali, the promoter/fighter, has a 15-0 record, with 9 KOs. He will scrap with 17-5 Jermaine White at the Aviator.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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