As Long Island struggles to get back to normal after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, professional boxing returns to the area with a title-bout card at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant on Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Franklin Square. The card was originally scheduled for November 1st and was nearly canceled after the storm.
“I felt we owed it to the boxers and the Long Island community to have
this show,” said Bob Duffy, of Ring Promotions. “These kids work so
hard. Even though many of them were without electricity and were
struggling to put gas in their cars, they never broke training, they
found a way to get it done.”
The main event is an IBA Americas welterweight title fight between
Hicksville’s Tommy Rainone and Missouri Golden Gloves champ Robbie
Cannon which is exclusively sponsored by Knockout Pest Control. The
card features some of the area’s best talent – undefeated Oceanside
lightweight Mike Brooks, world-ranked Cindy Serrano, unbeaten Rich
Neves, Golden Gloves champ Anthony Karperis and hard-hitting Nick
Argyris are all in action.
“I am so proud of these kids,” said David Schuster, of Winner Take All
Productions. “They overcame the hardships of the storm to continue
training. Nick Argyris lives in Babylon. His home was destroyed. He
lost his car. He had to move in with his mother, yet through it all,
he wanted to fight.”
It is important to note that ALL TICKETS FROM THE ORIGINAL NOVEMBER
1st CARD WILL BE HONORED ON NOVEMBER 15th.
The promoters have pledged to make a financial donation to the victims
of the storm. There will also be a fundraising effort on the night of
the card for communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
“The Long Island boxing community is a small, close-knit group,” said
Duffy. “We know that there are a lot of people hurting after the
hurricane. In some way, this storm has impacted everyone and we plan
to help. We also felt that enough time had passed for us to continue
with the card. Maybe for a few hours people will come out, forget
about the gas lines and LIPA, and watch a solid, entertaining fight
Duffy and Schuster would like to thank sponsors, including Long
Island’s own Arthur Katz and Knockout Pest Control, Huntington
Humidor, Westbury Jeep, Holiday Inn, Sporting News Grill, Berry Care
Gum and the Law Firm of Baxter, Smith and Shapiro for their patience
and continued support.
* A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR VETERANS! In honor of Veterans Day and the
unwavering service of our men and women in uniform, John Harms, CEO
of Millennium, and Harms Software, has purchased 25 ringside tickets
that will be distributed free to Long Island veterans. For ticket information, call the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square at (516) 354-3131 or Ring Promotions at 516-313-4788.
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