New York, Oct 29(ANI): Michael Costantino, who is a one-handed boxer, won his pro boxing debut against Nathan Ortiz at the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn.
Born without a right hand, Costantino is perhaps the only singular-fisted fighter in the sport’s history, and in place of his right hand is a narrow, angular nub that protrudes from his arm.
It’s where Costantino’s trainer fastens the hand wraps and where the glove is pulled tight over his right limb, and he uses the shorter arm mainly for defensive purposes.
Costantino used his good left hand to pummel Ortiz on Saturday, stunning him with a looping left that caused Ortiz to walk away from Costantino and complain to his corner that he was fatigued.
Costantino was hoping to send a message to those who might be struggling with a handicap with his victory, fought at cruiserweight.
“I just wanted to show people that in life, if you ever feel like you’re not good enough or you feel down that anything is possible,” the New York Daily quoted Costantino, as saying.
“I wanted to show people that if you work hard and believe in yourself that you can achieve what you set out to do. I felt good out there. If this is how these fights are going to be, why wouldn’t I want to continue my career?” he added.
Costantino’s fight attracted a lot of attention, from fans and from the New York State Athletic Commission, which ultimately granted the one-handed fighter a license. (ANI)