Matt Farrago Still Helping Boxers, Forms "Ring 10"

By Mitch Abramson
The inaugural fundraiser for Ring 10, a new boxing charity formed by Matt Farrago, who left his presidency of Ring 8 in Sept. of 2010 over philosophical differences, will take place on Saturday at Russo’s on the Bay from 1-6 p.m. in Howard Beach, NY.

Farrago said he was “pushed out” of Ring 8 over a disagreement over the direction of the boxing charity and the proper way to help fighters.

He formed Ring 10 in Oct. of 2010 and currently helps a number of fighters, including Iran Barkley, providing him a furnished apartment in the Bronx, equipped with a flat screen television, which the charity set up for him eight months ago, Farrago said.

Farrago says he pays for Barkley’s medical care, and the apartment is paid through a network of social services, which Farrago said he also set up. Farrago said that Barkley, who beat Thomas Hearns twice, was homeless before he came to his aid. According to reports, Barkley has continued to fight, in his mid 40’s, in unsanctioned bouts as recently as three years ago.

“He’s like the poster boy for what Ring 10 does because we literally took him off the streets and put him in the apartment,” Farrago said. “He’s so well fed that now when he comes to out events he doesn’t eat too much because he doesn’t want to gain weight.”

Ring 10, Farrago says, is also lending a hand to Wilfred Benitez, the youngest boxing champion in the sport’s history and a three-time world champion, who is suffering from dementia and is living in Puerto Rico. Ring 10, through its contributors, for the past eight months, has sent Benitez a monthly check in the amount of $300 to help allay the costs of medication, Farrago said.

“Do you know what Wilfred has done for us? Farrago said. “Nothing. It’s not about what he can do for us. He gave me thrills watching him and I just want to help him. These guys don’t owe us anything, and I would do this for a guy who’s not a champion because they’re still part of the same brotherhood.”

Farrago is hoping to raise around $10,000 on Saturday through, in part, a silent auction and the cost to attend. Tickets are priced at $150. A number of famous fighters are scheduled to appear, such as: Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Tony DeMarco, Ernie Shavers, Vito Antuofermo, Aaron “Superman” Davis and Lou Savarese. Bert Sugar and the comedian Pat Cooper are also on the list to appear.

For more information on the event, Farrago can be reached at 631-948-6028.

Mitch Abramson covers the boxing scene for the New York Daily News and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart - LIVE Results From Texas Hearn: If Wilder Doesn't Want Joshua - Nothing We Can Do Samuel Clarkson vs. Ryad Merhy in Charleroi, Belgium David Benavidez Back in Action on Spence vs. Garcia Card De La Hoya: I Built Golden Boy, White Had Fertittas To Build UFC Canelo: I'll Return To 160, But We Can Do Fights Between 160-168 Photos: Katie Taylor, Eva Wahlstrom - On Point For Showdown Photos: Tevin Farmer, Francisco Fonseca - Ready For Title Clash Photos: Canelo, Rocky Fielding - Ready For Battle at MSG Canelo-Fielding Weigh-In Results From Madison Square Garden Bradley Skeete Will Now Headline ESPN+ Card From Brentwood Dehydrated Lemieux Hospitalized, Won't Fight Tureano Johnson Brett Yormark Leads New Advisory Board For Haymon Sports Photos: Manny Pacquiao Raising His Intensity Level in Camp News: Jason Welborn, Zachary Ochoa, Bowen-Clark, Yarde, More De La Hoya: This Fight Can Be Very Dangerous For Canelo Mauricio Herrera Aims To "Mentally" Break Sadam Ali Deontay Wilder: I've Had Seven Surgeries on My Arm Charlo: Sooner or Later, Canelo & GGG Have To Answer To Me! Canelo vs. Fielding Nearly Got Derailed By Passport Mix-Up Genesis Servania Would Love Another Crack at Oscar Valdez UK News: Sunny Edwards, Foley vs. Brown, Joseph Roswell Khan Smiles: I Would Have Stopped Kell Brook in Six Rounds One Fight In, Is Canelo's Contract Already Problem For DAZN? Luther Clay Looking to Step Up in Competition in 2019 Vincent Feigenbutz Out of WBO Eliminator For Ramirez Shot? De La Hoya: I Strongly Believe Canelo Will KO Golovkin in Trilogy Video: Hearn Talks Canelo-Jacobs, Joshua, Wilder, Fury, More Video: Canelo Alvarez Sits Down To Discuss Rocky Fielding Clash Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Flores Ready For Battle Charlo, Harrison Support Communities Before Title Clash De La Hoya To White: Let's Get in The Ring on Cinco De Mayo! De La Hoya Concerned With Size Difference in Canelo-Fielding Joshua Throws Water at Tyson Fury's Lineal Champion Claim Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Ready For War in Texas Canelo & Fielding Believe They'll Be 5 Or 6 Pounds Apart Canelo Tells Golovkin To Be a Man: Accept That Loss! Joshua: Wilder is More Interested in Fury - He Has NO Titles! Dana White: De La Hoya is a Liar, No Facts - I Want Drug Tests! Photos: Canelo, Fielding - Go Face To Face at Final Presser

Latest Active Forum Threads