Feb-6-2018

R.I.P. – Steve Acunto

The founder of the AAIB, 101 year old Steve Acunto passed away in his sleep early Monday morning. Steve was in the Inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Class back in 2012.

NEW YORK (April 3, 2012) – Boxing stars joined a sold-out crowd of 500 at this past Sunday’s inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (“NYSBHOF”) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. That’s Jake LaMotta and Steve Acunto seated along with the other honorees and Board members, including Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Harold Lederman and Jimmy Glenn.

Steve is the Co-founder with Rocky Marciano of the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing Inc. (1969). Today, AAIB is among the leading voices in Boxing for Safety Standards and Administrative Competency.

For over four decades, Stephen B. Acunto was one of the foremost boxing instructors in the world, teaching alongside Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, and Willie Pep. Steve was head coach of boxing at Westchester Community College, where he developed and taught the only boxing course for college credit in existence. He also taught pugilism at Fairfield University, Concordia College, Sarah Lawrence College, The Purchase Community House, and numerous YMCAs, clinics, and seminars around the nation. Steve has taught over 8,000 boxers – one became world champion, several have been leading contenders, and many have been amateur champions

A former boxer, Steve has been a member of the New York State Athletic Commission since 1945. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1988, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998, and was an inaugural inductee into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013. Articles about Steve and his activities have appeared in Sports Illustrated, SPORT Magazine, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Boxing Illustrated, and a host of other publications. Steve turned 101-years-old on November 15, 2017. No one has given more to the sport of boxing.

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to his daughter Donna and son Steve and all the rest of his Loved ones!

Here’s the arrangements:

Fred McGrath & Son Funeral Home
20 Cedar Street
Bronxville, NY 10708

Acunto, Stephen B.

Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Thursday February 8 and Friday February 9, 2018

Mass: 10:30 am, Saturday, February 10, 2018, St. Peter & Paul Church, Fleetwood

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Feb-2-2018

Ring 8 Pictures and Notes of Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant

 

President Jack Hirsch opened the meeting as Paulette Balog led as in our flag salute and John Holden gave the 10 count in memory of Al “Blue” Lewis, Gary Cowburn and Mrs. Laudicina, Pat’s mother!

Guest speakers were Randy Gordon & Cletus Seldin who talked about there careers in boxing, which was Outstanding!!!

(Pictures taken by Stan Janousek, professional fight name Stanley Yanachek)

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Jan-27-2018

Randy Gordon & Cletus Seldin to speak on Thursday, February 1st – Ring 8 meeting at Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant

 

Randy Gordon & Cletus Seldin will be the Ring 8 guest speakers at its next monthly meeting on Thursday night, February 1st (7 p.m. ET start), at Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant (1132 Hempstead Turnpike) in Franklin Square, New York.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, April 29th, 2018, the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its 7th Annual Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Russo’s on the Bay, located at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach, New York starting at 12:30 PM.  Tickets are priced at $150 per person, $70 per child (under 16).

 

For additional information Bob Duffy, 164 Lindbergh Street, Massapequa Park, NY 11762 – (516) 313-2304
Or E-Mail – Depcomish@aol.com

 

On a sad note, I was informed by Paulette Balog that Longtime member Pasquale (Pat) Laudicina, pictured here with Renaldo Snipes just lost his mother who was well into her 90’s! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to Pat and all his loved ones!

 

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Jan-23-2018

Paddy Maloney Benefit

 

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Jan-17-2018

Ring 8 Pictures & Notes of Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at O’Neill’s Restaurant

We had some Great guest speakers to open up the New Year. Former heavyweight contender Monte Barrett, Jimmy “Monte” Monteverde (Editor of Tru- Fan Boxing website), and journalist Sean Nam (who showed a DOCUMENTARY on a young Jose Torres).

Our next monthly meeting will be Thursday night, February 1st (7 p.m. ET start), at Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant (1132 Hempstead Turnpike) in Franklin Square, New York. Our guest speakers will be former Heavyweoght contender Gerry Cooney and current Super Lightweight Cletus Seldin.

(All Pictures taken by Stan Janousek, professional fight name Stanley Yanachek)

Former World Heavyweight Contender Monte Barrett

Jimmy “Monte” Monteverde (Editor of Tru- Fan Boxing website)

Journalist Sean Nam (who showed a DOCUMENTARY on a young Jose Torres).

A young Jose Torres fighting at Sunnyside Garden in 1959.

 

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Jan-10-2018

Guest Speakers for Next Tuesday, January 16th will be Monte Barrett, Jimmy Monteverde & journalist Sean Nam

 

On behalf of President Jack Hirsch and the entire Board of Directors, we wish you all a Very Happy New Year! 2017 ended on a very high note and we want to continue that into our new year! Why not come out next week and be a part of it!

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 16th at O’Neill’s Restaurant located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York starting at 7 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guest speakers will be former heavyweight contender Monte Barrett, Jimmy Monteverde (Editor of Tru- Fan Boxing website), and journalist Sean Nam (He will show a DOCUMENTARY on a young Jose Torres).

 

 

Boxing writer Sean Nam (UCNLive.com, TheSweetScience.com) presents a rarely-screened documentary that captures a week in the life of young Jose Torres as he gears up for a fight at Sunnyside Garden in Queens, in 1959. In 2017, Nam was the curator of two boxing film programs that played at the historic Anthology Film  Archives.

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Dec-12-2017

Holiday Party Went Over The Top BIG TIME!!!

NEW YORK (December 11, 2017) – Less than 24 hours after he defeated previously undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux, WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko attended yesterday’s (Sunday, Dec. 9) 31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony to accept the Ring 8 2017 Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Award.

The gala event was held Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Six world champions were in attendance, including three award winners: Lomachenko), International Hall-of-Famer Michael Spinks (Historical Award), and five-time world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (New York State Female Fighter of the Year); World champions Vito Antuofermo, Iran Barkley and Luis Collazo showed their support.

“Our awards banquet was one of the best ever,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. “We are deeply honored that Vasyl Lomachenko attended the day after the biggest fight of his career. His presence created an electric atmosphere, the type that is rarely seen. The other honorees, led by Michael Spinks, made it an afternoon that will always be remembered.”

CONGRATULATIONS goes out to President Jack Hirsch and his committee for a job well done!

The following pictures that were taken by Stan Janousek, professional fight name Stanley Yanachek

Vasyl Lomachenko (Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Award)

Michael Spinks (Historical Award)

Bobby Cassidy Jr., accepting on behalf of his father Bobby Cassidy Sr. (Sunnyside Gardens Award)

Robert Perez (New York State Official of the Year Award)

Hector Roca (New York State Trainer of the Year Award)

Richard Kiley (Uncrowned Champion Award)

George Newman (Ring 8 Member of the Year Award)

Marcus Browne (New York State Fighter of the Year Award)

Michael Conlan (International Prospect of the Year Award)

Edwin Torres (Long & Meitorious Service Award)

Joanne Doyle Hutchins (Good Guy Award)

Amanda Serrano (New York State Female Fighter of the Year Award)

Devaun Lee (New York State Prospect of the Year Award)

Matt Christie (Sam Kellerman Media Award)

Mike Reno (Community Service Award)

Mercedes Vazquez Simmons (New York State Promoter of the Year Award)

Dr. Osric King (Ringside Physician of the Year Award)

31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony-2017

Exclusive interview with Amanda Serrano 5 Time Women’s World Boxing Champion -2017

31st Annual Ring 8 Veteran Boxing Association’s 2017 Holiday Awards Banquet

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