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One-Handed Boxer Scores TKO in the Second Round in Pro Debut at Aviator Sports Arena

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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 the 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 coming into this fight. Mr. Ortiz was clearly shorter than Mr. Costantino. The fight was a pro debut for Mr. Costantino. It’s very unusual for a novice fighter to progress from novice to a pro debut, as much as a decade later.

The NYS Athletic Commission granted a license to Mr. Costantino after an extensive examination. They witnessed him 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 just prior to the fight.

Mr. Costantino dominated the fight against 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 hand cross delivered early in the second round. Thereafter, the referee stopped the bout.

For Mr. Costantino, this fight was an easy win in a pro debut fight steeped in controversy over whether or not the New York State 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 pro debut is an event which could qualify for a listing in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.