Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/27/14

Looking at boxer Michael Constantino getting taped up before a bout, it's easy for opposing trainers to detect that this is one fighter who can't throw the right hand.  Why?  Because the 33-year-old New York City native doesn't have one — literally. Constantino's was born with a right arm that is intact down to the wrist but, after that, his "fist" tapers to a nub. The Queens native — who probably has had the chance to tell people I could beat you with one hand behind my back more times than he'll admit — will be making his pro debut Saturday in a pay-per-view event in Brooklyn after a ten fights as an amateur. There is no record of a one-handed pro in the history of New York boxing but that won't stop Constantino from trying to make a two-fisted statement in the ring. "There's definitely a lot of pressure on me to perform well," said Constantino.  "I want to win and show people that if you put your faith in God that anything is possible." The single-handed light heavyweight is no gimmicky attraction and has proved his mettle by making the Golden Gloves (video) quarterfinals in 2002 and even knocked out one opponent earning him a "Fighter of the Night" award. Constantino's right hand hangs about a foot shorter than his left and he usually only uses it to block from his right-handed stance.  His left jab and hook are what keeps him in the game. You think opponents would be lining up to take advantage of his physical challenge, but that's not the case. "Nobody wanted  to give him an opportunity," said boxer Sadam Ali, who will be promoting and headlining Saturday's  show.  "He's bringing something new to boxing.  That's how I look at it.  It's a beautiful thing to me." The event's matchmaker, Felipe Gomez, had a difficult time finding someone who would take on the ultra-unorthodox — is he a southpaw with a righty stance or a righty with only a left? — fighter Rhode Islander Nathan Ortiz (0-2 as a pro) finally said he would answer the opening bell but thought Gomez was kidding at first. "He thought I was joking when I told him I was fighting someone who had only one hand," said Gomez.  "But he took the fight.  He's 0-2.  I guess he's looking for any advantage he can get." People who have seen Constantino in the ring say opposing boxers shouldn't drop their left guard too quickly. "He can fight.  He knows what he's doing, but how can you not see the left-hand coming if you're his opponent," said Bryan Adams, the Golden Gloves director.  "Because he knows how to fight.  He can punch"

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

White Sox acquire Jeff Samardzija from A's

AUDIO: Marvin Lewis calls Johnny Manziel a 'midget'

Report: Mayweather witnessed murder-suicide on FaceTime

Report: Big 12 met with Cincinnati about expansion

Rajon Rondo: I'm a top-three NBA player

Report: Johnny Manziel almost certain to start in Week 15

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eric Berry diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

Phil Jackson: Knicks have a 'loser's mentality'

Dwight Howard isn’t coming back anytime soon

Nick Young: Jared Sullinger made me feel like a punk

Brady Quinn: TCU, Baylor never had shot at CFB Playoff

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett takes shot at Mark Sanchez

WATCH: Eddie Lacy trucks Falcons DB, shows off spin move

John Wall breaks down as he dedicates game to cancer victim

10 most disappointing CFB teams of the 2014 season

Jay Gruden threatens to read players’ tweets at meetings

Navy unveils 'Don't Tread on Me' helmets for Army game

Where will Jim Harbaugh end up in 2015?

10 things we learned about the College Football Playoff

Kevin Durant gives signed shoes to kid who had his stolen

11 amazing NFL stats from Week 14

Andre Drummond takes photo of himself driving 96 mph

Florida's Caleb Brantley rants about Gators' bowl selection

WATCH: Justin Timberlake tests out life as an NBA cameraman

Boxing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Gina Carano, Henry Cavill break up again

Rondo: I'm a top-three NBA player

11 amazing NFL stats from Week 14

Jackson: Knicks think like losers

Drummond takes photo of himself going 96 mph

Florida player rants about bowl selection

UFC 181: Pettis shines and Hendricks falters in return from injuries

Seahawks DE takes shot at Sanchez

Bowl watchability rankings

Russell Wilson stole Joseph Fauria's gal?

Brady blames TV for airing his swearing

10 takeaways from NFL Week 14

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.