We, the Brown-Fitzgerald Family honor and remember

Billy Costello

We took the opportunity during the reunion to pay tribute to our hometown hero. 

Video edited and produced by Eric L. Spencer of www.ericlspencer.com.

Billy Costello  was born William Donald Castiglioni; April 10, 1956 – June 29, 2011)

Billy Costello, 55, a former WBC light welterweight boxing champion who won his first 30 professional fights, died of lung cancer Wednesday June 29, 2011 at a hospital in his hometown of Kingston, N.Y.

Costello was 40-2 over a 20-year career that began in 1979. He won the World Boxing Council light welterweight championship in 1984 with a 10th-round technical knockout of Bruce Curry, then defended the title three times over the next year.

Costello lost the title to Lonnie Smith in an eighth-round technical knockout in 1985. His only other loss as a pro came to Alexis Arguello in 1986.

Born April 10, 1956, in Kingston, Costello was one of eight children. A standout baseball player in high school, he switched to boxing when he was kicked off the baseball team.

After retiring from fighting, he worked in building and road construction, as a boxing judge and with young people in Kingston's Police Athletic League boxing club.