Fighting To Knockout Poverty


The Glen Cove Boxing Club is training five boxers to compete in the 12th annual Long Island Fight for Charity on Monday, Nov. 23. These volunteer boxers will climb into the ring with only one thing in mind, raising money for Long Island-based charities. Since its inception in 2002, LIFFC has raised almost a million dollars and they are hoping this year’s fighters will put them over the mark.  Luis Batres, John Boccio, Chuck Campagna, Susan Vaughan and Glen Cove’s very own Mike Graziose are all training for the upcoming event at the Glen Cove Boxing Club.

Frankie Pena, Mike Graziose, Susan Vaughan, Coach Tony, John Boccio, and Mayor Spinello take a fighting stance to raise funds for Long Island Fight for Charity.

Mayor Reggie Spinello dropped in on one of their recent training sessions to wish them well on their journey to the main event.

“Frankie Pena does a great job with the Boxing Club and I’m proud of all of those training for this important charity event. I’m sure they will make Glen Cove proud on fight night, especially Mike Graziose, Glen Cove’s hometown fighter,” Spinello said.

Over the past 11 years LIFFC has given away close to $1 million to local charities. The 2015 benefiting charities are Long Island Community Chest, National Foundation for Human Potential and The Genesis School.

LIFFC is accepting sponsorships and donations. To buy tickets to the main event or make a donation, visit

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