Long Island Boxing Charities is a 501(c)(3) striving to financially aid retired professional boxers who have fallen on hard times. LIBC was created in 2019 by Long Island's own Rich Boxer. Rich had an affection for the sweet science, ever since he could remember. Rich turned from a fan, to boxer, then boxer to trainer.
With many friends who are professional boxers, Rich noticed a common theme - they needed help. Accepting the call to action, Rich created Long Island Boxing Charities, and with it, began changing lives, just as he set out to do.
In August of 2021, Rich brought in a regime to take LIBC to the next level. Calling on two fellow Long Islanders, Matthew Pomara, a founder of ARK Technologies, with experience in the boxing industry, as well as attorney, Tony Palmieri, who doubles as VP of Operations and Matchmaker of New York based boxing promotion, Star Boxing - Rich continues to elevate LIBC, and aid more professional boxers as he does it.
WHO WE ARE
Matthew Pomara (MMP) is a writer, boxing fan, technology consultant, public address announcer and CEO of Long Island Boxing Charities. He is committed to helping fighters battle their toughest opponent, life outside of the ring, whether it is helping an aged fighter live with dignity or giving a young fighter a chance at opportunity.
Matthew has been published at NYFights, The Pugilist(UK), and The Ring Magazine. He also serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Long Island Hackathon, The LIBC Awards Dinner and has served as the public address announcer for the Center Moriches Baseball League and for Star Boxing.
Matthew’s “day job” is helping his clients understand and define their I.T. Initiatives. He has worked with several organizations from small private schools to universities as well as companies ranging from small scale startups to enterprise level corporations, offering technology services and consulting to both enhance as well as enable education goals and business outcomes.
Tony Palmieri grew up in Glen Head, Long island and graduated from North Shore High School in 2013. While attending the University of South Carolina, Tony began working as an intern for New York's longest running boxing promotion company, Star Boxing.
Tony was later promoted to Director of Communications and is currently the Vice President of Operations. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2017, Tony graduated from the Maurice A. Deane Hofstra School of Law in 2020 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in May of 2021. When Tony is not promoting fights, he is a practicing attorney.
Working with boxers in many facets since 2016, from four-round boxers to world champions such as Chris Algieri, Joe Smith Jr. and Demetrius Andrade, Tony has the experience and drive to aid local gyms and boxers who have given him so many opportunities in the boxing business.