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NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring in the 'Brooklyn Smoker'

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After gathering in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, approximately 2,700 people — most of them off-duty cops, their families and friends — watched and cheered, drowning out the screams from the Thunderbolt ride in the background, as officers with the NYPD settled disputes in the boxing ring.

Police officers and sergeants from across the city and from the United Kingdom pummeled one another for three one-minute rounds, their anger and lack of boxing experience both evidenced by wild swings, red faces and stumbling feet. (Yahoo News)

Photography by Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News

Read full story: NYPD black and blue: The hidden world of ‘smokers,’ where cops settle grudges with their fists by Caitlin Dickson »

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Officer Jonathan Suarez, left, of Police Service Area 7 in the Bronx connects with a solid punch to the face of Dmitry Vaskovich of the Department of Corrections. This ‘Brooklyn Smoker’ took place in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian Restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 23, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


ESU officer Rob Cruz Jr. prepares for his welterweight fight against Luis Castellanos in the ‘Brooklyn Smoker.’ (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


President of NYPD Fighting Finest Boxing Team Dave Siev gives instruction to staff and visiting boxers. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Joe Mason warms up before his fight. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Craig Ratcliffe and NYPD officer Hugh Herbert are given the rules by the referee before their bout. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Craig Ratcliffe makes direct contact on NYPD officer Hugh Herbert. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Craig Ratcliffe is knocked back by NYPD officer Hugh Herbert. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Port Authority police officer Paul Altimore, left, lands a left on Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Joe Mason. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Police officer Mike Vendetti, left, of the 121st Precinct on Staten Island, battles Justin Ortiz from 46th Precinct in the Bronx. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Port Authority police officer Paul Altimore is given instructions in his corner by Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Joe Mason. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Port Authority police officer Abe Ahmed poses for a photo after his victory in the ‘Brooklyn Smoker.’ (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Nick Bolam, left, can’€™t get out of the way of Port Authority police officer Abe Ahmed’s punch. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


ESU officer Rob Cruz Jr. mixes it up with Luis Castellanos. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Police officer Mike Vendetti, left, of the 121st Precinct on Staten Island clocks fellow officer Justin Ortiz from 46th Precinct in the Bronx. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Department of Corrections officer Luis Castellanos kneels down to pray in the neutral corner before his match. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Port Authority police officer Paul Altimore, gets the decision over Blue Glove Boxing Academy’s Joe Mason. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Ring announcer Phil Tufano reads out the next fight. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Officer Al Schneider from the 106th Precinct in South Central Queens ends up on top of Chris Matthews of the 62 Precinct in Brooklyn in a middleweight bout. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Police officer Laron Rhodie from the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights receives directions from his corner during a super heavyweight bout. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Heavyweight Adam Kownacki is introduced to the crowd in-between matches. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Officer Melody Popravak, left, from Bed-Stuy, exchanges punches with Michelle Chadwick of the Blue Glove Boxing Academy from the U.K. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


NYPD officer Melody Popravak takes a breather in-between rounds. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Melody Popravak throws a punch at opponent Michelle Chadwick. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Melody Popravak celebrates win with trainer. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Members of the Blue Glove Boxing Academy. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


The crowd in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian Restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


NYPD officer Melody Popravak gets a breather in her corner in between rounds during the ‘Brooklyn Smoker’ in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian Restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn on Aug. 23, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Police officer Laron Rhodie of the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights gets the nod over his opponent, Department of Corrections officer Anthony Pineiro in a super heavyweight bout. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


ESU officer Rob Cruz Jr., left, mixes it up with Luis Castellanos. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Narcotics officer Quinn Sealey lands a punch on the head of James Murphy of the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn in a super heavyweight match. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Jamal Walker looks up at referee Pat Russo for help after being knocked down by Yuen “Oddjob” Tian. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


SVU officer Jamal Walker looks out of his league against Police Service Area 1 officer Yuen “Oddjob” Tian in a super heavyweight match. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


Justin Ortiz from 46th Precinct in the Bronx after being knocked down by Mike Vendetti of the 121st Precinct on Staten Island. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


President of NYPD Fighting Finest Boxing Team Dave Siev and Jorge Zayas broadcast the ‘Brooklyn Smoker’ in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian Restaurant in Coney Island. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)


The parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian Restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn is filled with off-duty officers and families to watch the ‘Brooklyn Smoker’. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)