MANILA, Philippines – A single-fisted boxer is fulfilling his dream as he makes his professional debut on October 27 in Brooklyn, New York.
According to Philboxing, 33-year-old Michael “Mike” Constantino is included in the “Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple” pay-per-view event, which will be aired from Aviator Sports Complex.
Constantino, who was born without a right hand, has already fought in two New York City Golden Gloves Tournaments. He reached the quarterfinals in one of the tournaments.
"This is a dream come true for me," said Constantino, 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.”
Despite fighting with just his left hand and half a right arm, Constantino still managed to secure a boxing license.
“I had no problem getting licensed. 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 promoters have yet to announce Constantino’s opponent.