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ABC asking for contributions to retired fighters charitable fund

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UFC Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) is once again asking for assistance in the implementation of its Retired Fighter Charitable Fund.

The ABC, which oversees athletic commissions in North America, gives out a monetary gift annually to a retired fighter or fighters going through hard times as a result of injuries sustained in the course of competition. This year, the gift will be awarded in July at the ABC’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

The body of regulators is asking for donations and sponsors, as well as nominations for potential recipients, for this year’s fund, per a press release sent out Tuesday.

“This charity is an important step to give-back to those who have given so much to the combative sports,” ABC president Mike Mazzulli said in a statement. “We are looking forward to issuing gifts to those combatants who have given their all to the sport.”

Any support, including cash donations, goods, services or a sponsorship, can be made by contacting the ABC’s charitable board at The ABC is also looking for corporate partners “to help us to extend our reach to as many athletes as possible,” per the release.

Information on how to apply for a retired fighter grant can be found on the ABC’s website.

The charitable board consists of Mazzulli (Mohegan Sun), Joe Walsh of Iowa, Daniel Gustafson of the Oneida Indian Nation, New Jersey boxing judge Steve Weisfeld, John McCarthy, Lydia Robertson of Arkansas, Nebraska’s Brian Dunn and John English of New Hampshire.