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One Arm Boxer Wins His First Pro - Debut Fight

Michael Costantino TKO's Nathan Ortiz in Their Welterweight Bout

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One Arm Boxer PRevails With Huge Left Hand Cross to Ortiz

  • Nov 4, 2012
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The “Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple,” event was presented by Sadam Ali’s
World Kid Promotions on a pay per view event Saturday, October 27, 2012. The event
was held at the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn. The most anticipated fight on the
card was between one-handed fighter Michael Costantino in the dark trunks versus
Nathan Ortiz in the white trunks. Both are cruiserweights.

Mr. Costantino at age 33 trains at a gym in Bay Ridge. He participated in
two New York City Golden Gloves Tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals in 2002 (novice)
by knocking out an opponent earning him "The Fight of the Night Award". He was born
without a right hand. Instead, a bony mass protrudes from his right arm rather than a hand.
He uses the shorter arm for defense and the normal left arm for rapid jabs and vicious
left hand crosses.

Nathan Ortiz hails from Rhode Island with a 0-2 record. Mr. Ortiz is clearly shorter
than Mr. Costantino with a smaller reach. The fight was a pro - debut for Mr. Costantino.
It's very unusual for a fighter to progress from a novice to a pro-debut a decade later.

The NYS Athletic Commission granted a license to Mr. Costantino after an extensive
examination. They witnessed Mr. Costantino wrap his right limb to determine logistically
how it would be covered during the fight. In practice, the trainer fastens the hand wraps over
the stub and pulls the glove over the right limb before lacing it.

Mr. Costantino dominated the fight with Mr. Ortiz with an artful jab and a longer reach.
A minute into the second round, Mr. Ortiz walked away from Mr. Costantino completely
exhausted. He simply could not keep up with the fast pace of the fight and a huge left
cross in the second round. For Mr. Costantino, this fight was an easy win in a pro-debut
fight steeped in controversy over whether or not The NYS Athletic Commission would
grant him a license to fight. Mr. Costantino just might be the first one - handed pro
boxer in the history of New York State. His story could qualify for Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Credits: First Published on Blogcritics
One Arm Boxer PRevails With Huge Left Hand Cross to Ortiz

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November 13, 2012
Excellent write up, I love it. There is also a one armed MMA fighter named Nick Newell.
November 13, 2012
Nice to know.
November 07, 2012
I can't stand the way doubt is always being cast over deformed athletes. It feels like we get awarded these licenses because we're being asked to be mascots.
November 07, 2012
In boxing, technical skill, hard work and wanting to win are the dispositive things.
November 04, 2012
amazing! proves that the sport is more about technique and skill. Nice one
November 06, 2012
Thanks for the compliment!
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