Hurricane Can't KO Long Island Boxing Card
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 card."
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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