CLASSICAL NOTEBOOK OF BOXING HISTORY
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Steven B. Acunto 1916-2018
Mt Vernon, NY: Steven B.
Acunto passed away in his sleep on Feb 5, 2018 at the age of 101. We
should all be so lucky to live as long as he did but even more lucky to
achieve half of what Steve did in his time. Helping kids and training
judges, referees and officials at the New York State Commission for
decades, and being involved in the sweet science since the 1930's,
Steve's absence will be missed, and his work will never be duplicated -- it was
his sincere sacrifice to the sport he loved so much and gave
opportunities to many, from the fighter to anyone who was interested in
participating in boxing and making it a better sport for all.
And of course, if you were talking about the improvement of boxing,
you were talking about the AAIB, the American Association for the
Improvement of Boxing, a charter that Steve and his buddy, Rocky
Marciano, stared in 1969 -- dedicated to the sport that gave them
so much, and that they would give back in return. And Mr Acunto would be
recognized in many ways -- a vote into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in
1988 and being honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America for
a "Long and Meritorious Service " to the sport, which defined him to the
It was Rocky Marciano who stated " I have never met a more dedicated
man in the field of boxing than Steve".
And who could not forget the Annual Boxerama's that would happen and
acquaint top fighters with the public, the fans, and each other.
With Marciano's untimely death later in 1969, Steve continued to
pursue improvement in boxing, focusing on a boxer's health to the
financial regulations that would help young fighters from getting abused
from promoters, managers, and other such factions.
Steve Acunto worked with fighters such as Lou Ambers, Willie Pep,
Marciano, Tommy Loughran, Tony Canzonari, Roy Jones, and yes, Muhammad
Ali. He was also inspirational in forming character in countless men and
women, whether they were fighters, or just looking to get themselves
confidence and getting in shape. He also spent 45 years in the New
York State Boxing Commission, and foresaw the day in 1996 when then
President Bill Clinton signed the Professional Boxing Safety Act into
law. For Steve, it was only the beginning. A beginning and a
continuance we can all be a part of in the future.