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

After gathering in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, approximately 2,500 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 proceeded to pummel 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

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NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

A fighter works out with his trainer before the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

The scene in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant before the start of the Brooklyn Smoker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

An NYPD officer known as Spiderman poses before the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

The colors are presented as the national anthem is performed before the Brooklyn Smoker boxing tournament in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Female police officers served as round card girls, strutting around the ring for the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Port Authority Police officers Jin Ha and Adam Pollack settle a dispute in the ring during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Brooklyn South police officers Nelson Cordero, right, mixes it up with Spiderman during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Trophies for the fighters sit on the judges’ table during the Brooklyn Smoker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Brooklyn South police officer Nelson Cordero, left, takes on Spiderman in the ring, with the Parachute Jump on the Coney Island boardwalk looming in the background. Their clash was part of the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

People from the neighborhood watched through a spot where the blue tarp blocking the view had come loose, at the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Brooklyn South police officer Nelson Cordero, left, gets pushed into the corner by a fellow officer known as Spiderman at the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Coney Island’s defunct Parachute Jump ride stands talls in the background as friends and family await the bout between female officers Tasha Mathews and Deirdre McDermott at the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Tasha Mathews lands a punch to the face of Deirdre McDermott during the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Tasha Mathews covers against Deirdre McDermott in a “Fem Brawl” during the Brooklyn Smoker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Deirdre McDermott connects with a left across the chin of Tasha Mathews during the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Robert Henschel, left, defends against a punch thrown by Steve Konikoff during the Brooklyn Smoker outside Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Robert Henschel eyes opponent Steve Konikoff, both from Brooklyn’s 62nd Precinct, during the Brooklyn Smoker outside Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Robert Henschel lands a punch on opponent Steve Konikoff during the Brooklyn Smoker outside Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Wayne Lowe has opponent Brian Davis, both from Harlem’s 28th Precinct, backing up into the ropes during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Wayne Lowe and Brian Davis, both from the 28th Precinct in Harlem, mix it up during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Wayne Lowe raises his arms in victory over fellow officer Brian Davis at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Jared Martinez looks around after getting knocked to the deck by opponent Eddie Aguilar at the Brooklyn Smoker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

NYPD police officer Rashawn Merrick faces opponent Savvas Tjortjoglou in a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Savvas Tjortjoglou stumbles backwards after being hit by Rashawn Merrick at the Brooklyn Smoker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Mcgregor Phillipe puts up his gloves to protect himself from opponent Giro Maccheroni, both from the 13th Precinct in Manhattan, during the Brooklyn Smoker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Nancy Kaur and Leticia Galindo mix it up in the “Fem Brawl” during the Brooklyn Smoker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Nancy Kaur, left, exchanges punches with opponent Leticia Galindo during the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Leticia Galindo, right, celebrates victory as opponent Nancy Kaur shows her disappointment, during the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Police officer Keith Stark of the 73rd Precinct moves in towards his opponent with gloves up at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Police officers from the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn, Arkadiusz Taraska and Keith Stark connect punches during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Sgt. Chris Vincenti, right, from the 60th Precinct in Brooklyn, feels the pain in his corner during a grudge match against Ruben Duque at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Sgt. Billy Gattis prepares for the impact of a punch thrown by Sgt. Russell Rodin in a battle of property clerks at the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Sgt. Russell Rodin and Sgt. Billy Gattis exchange punches in a battle of property clerks at the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Sgt. Billy Gattis gets clobbered with a punch thrown by Sgt. Russell Rodin in a battle of property clerks at the Brooklyn Smoker on Aug. 24, 2017. Gattis won the bout in a split decision. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Sgt. Russell Rodin is seen between opponent Sgt. Billy Gattis and the referee during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Anthony Mangano lands a right to the chin of Rich Altamirano during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. Mangano won the bout unanimously. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Anthony Mangano and Rich Altamirano duel it out in a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Approximately 2,500 people — most of them off-duty cops, their families, and friends — watched and cheered as officers and sergeants from across the city proceeded to pummel one another for three one-minute rounds on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Sgt. John Keigans and Sgt. Billy Polanco mix it up during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

NYPD settles disputes in the boxing ring

Sgt. John Keigans and Sgt. Billy Polanco exchange pleasantries during a grudge match at the Brooklyn Smoker in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Italian restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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