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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 T. 

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.

Jay Monte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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