One handed boxer wins boxing match in New York

Michael Costantino  
By: Anika Rao 

A one handed boxer won his first fight in Brooklyn, New York, shocking his fans and the audience, according to reports.

Professional boxer Michael Costantino ended remarkably, however, it should not have been a surprise.

Born without a right hand, Costantino is probably the only singular fist in this sports’ history. In place of his right hand is a lean and angular knot protruding from his arm. It's where his coach holds the hand wraps and tightens the glove on his right limb.

Costantino used the shorter arm, primarily for defensive purposes. He used his left hand to hit Nathan Ortiz, Saturday, stunning him with a left loop that caused Ortiz to walk away from Costantino and complain to his corner that he was fatigued.

After a few curious moments it was clear that Ortiz did not want to continue, the referee Randy Neumann stopped the fight at 1:16 of the second round, giving Costantino a win by TKO in the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn, and linking him with other athletes like former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott.

Costantino had hoped to send a message to those who might be struggling with a disadvantage with his victory.

"I just wanted to show people that in life, if you ever feel you're not good enough or feel bad, that anything is possible," the 33-year-old said. "I wanted to show people that if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can accomplish what you set out to do. I felt good out there.”



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