While much of Long Island knows him as “El Toro,” Bellport’s professional boxer has a new title.
It’s Suffolk County Police Officer Alex Vargas.
The undefeated boxer from Bellport was among the 74 recruits who graduated from the Suffolk County Police Academy Friday morning in Brentwood.
“It’s a dream job,” Alex told GreaterPatchogue. “It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time.”
He was part of SCPD’s 185th recruitment class. Alex is one of eight recruits in his class to speak Spanish fluently.
Vargas, who is 12-0 as a super lightweight, became an instant fan-favorite on Long Island, fighting eight of his fights at The Paramount in Huntington. In his debut, he produced the “loudest crowd ever” for the venue.
El Toro stepped away from the ring seven months ago to pursue law enforcement.
Over the last 31 weeks, he had to complete 1,000 hours of instruction to become part of the next wave of cops to patrol Suffolk County.
His family celebrated with their own graduation party in Patchogue at BrickHouse Brewery that night.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” his dad, Mike Vargas, told GreaterPatchogue at the celebration. “He’s done everything he’s set out to do. He graduated college, became a pro boxer and now he’s police officer, something he’s always wanted to be.”
Alex’s first day on the job is Monday.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m truly blessed.”
When asked if the newly hired cop will return the ring, he said it’s not out of the question.
“I hope to return to boxing within a year or so.”
Top: Alex Vargas, a newly graduated Suffolk County police officer, at his graduation in Brentwood. (Credit: Facebook)