The boxing match, held this year at St. Ann’s Warehouse at 38 Water Street in DUMBO on Thursday, September 8, was heated this year, with local brethren in the red corner up against the NYPD boxing team, the Fighting Finest, in blue.
The stands and chairs surrounding the ring were filled with off-duty officers and boxing enthusiasts, drinking cocktails and beer, shouting at the boxers, the referees, the card girls, and each other.
The announcer, Fire Department Captain Phil Tufano of Engine 207 in Brooklyn, said this year’s Fight Night was held “to remember all our fellow citizens who lost their lives on September 11,” as the match was held just days before the 10th anniversary of the tragic day.
“And also to remember all our servicemen who lost their lives overseas defending our freedom,” Tufano said.
State Senator Daniel Squadron also greeted the crowd before the fight.
Squadron thanked the DUMBO BID, Gleason’s and the NYPD officers for their service that night, but “especially, though, all the time when you’re protecting us in Downtown Brooklyn and DUMBO. We really appreciate it.”
“We do politics hard in New York, we do everything hard,” Squadron said. “We box right, we box safe.”
The boxers took New York’s go-hard attitude seriously that night.
In one particularly aggressive match up, Alvise Megaton, fighting for the NYPD, and his opponent Raisean Lawson, knocked the referee into the ropes several times. Then Megaton, whom some in the crowd referred to as “Megatron” in their cheers, punched Lawson several times in the face after the ref told them the round was over. The boxers, furious while they fought each other, hugged it out at the end of the match.
Fight Night is a yearly fundraiser held by the DUMBO Business Improvement District. Proceeds this year also went to the NYPD boxing team. Gleason’s, one of the oldest professional boxing gyms in the world, participates every year.