Veterans Boxing Foundation
By Jerry Glick: Gerald McClellan was a fine fighter and a brutal puncher. He is the former WBC and WBO Middleweight champion. For his entire career it appeared that the sky was the limit for “The G-Man” from Freeport, Illinois, until disaster struck. After winning his rematch with power punching Julian Jackson he challenged Nigel Benn for his WBC Super-Middleweight title. The tenth round turned out to be the final round of the fight, and the final round of McClellan’s career.
After a big start, when he had Benn down in the first round, the fight was getting close until Benn went down again in the eighth. Inexplicably McClellan seemed to lose some poise in the ninth, even the announcers noticed that he was blinking his eyes; he was knocked out in the tenth. Eventually he was on the floor in his corner and is today blind and nearly completely deaf. His sister is there to help him but money is an issue. He needs help.
Matt Farrago is a former pro boxer, former president of Ring 8, he’s an official with the New York State Athletic Commission, and is currently the founder and President of Ring 10. After leaving Ring 8 he organized Ring 10 with the hope of helping fighters in need. That is where Farrago’s heart is. An ex-pug helping ex-pugs.
“I made contact with Lisa McClellan,” said Matt. “He’s having a tough time. He’s going for surgery for removal of a section of his colon which got twisted from inactivity due to his physical condition. He has nothing financially and nobody is helping him so our club is committed to move money to a food store where he is credited with an account.”
He also is in contact with former welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez who is also in poor condition. “After the excitement is over people walk away,” he explained. “They forget that he’s still in need. I talk to his sister once a month. We send him money every month to buy food, diapers, and more. Ring 10 is the only club that really wants to help fighters.”
He proudly added that 100% of all donations go directly to the fighters, “We take nothing.”
With that in mind, there will be a fund raiser, Ring 10’s 2nd annual event, on August 18th at 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Marina Del Rey, One Marina Drive, Throgs Neck, NY 10465. Go to the website for details at ring10ny.com, or just Google ring 10. You can contact Matt Farrago at 631-948-6028 for information as well.
Some of the boxing celebrities expected to attend are former top contender Michael Olajide, former and current world champions; “Bone Crusher” Smith, Livingstone Bramble, Donny Lalond, Chad Dawson, “Superman” Davis, Iran Barkley, and Doug DeWitt. Iconic trainer Lou Duva will also be on hand.