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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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Jan-23-2018

Paddy Maloney Benefit

 

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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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Nov-27-2017

RING 8 Holiday Party, Sunday, December 10th at Russo’s On The Bay!

Ring 8 will have their Annual Holiday Party on Sunday, December 10th at Russo’s On The Bay, located at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, NY (718) 843-5055 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vasyl Lomachenko – Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Award

Michael Spinks – Historical Award

Michael Conlan – International Prospect of the Year Award

Marcus Browne – New York State Fighter of the Year Award

Amanda Serrano – New York State Female Fighter of the Year Award

Bobby Cassidy Sr. – Sunnyside Gardens Award

Devaun Lee – New York State Prospect of the Year Award

Skender & Enver Halili – Rising Contender Award

Matt Christie – Sam Kellerman Media Award

Hector Roca – New York State Trainer of the Year Award

Edwin Torres – Long & Meitorious Service Award

Robert Perez – New York State Official of the Year Award

Mercedes Vazquez Simmons – New York State Promoter of the Year Award

Richard Kiley – Uncrowned Champion Award

Dr. Osric King – Ringside Physician of the Year Award

Joanne Doyle Hutchins – Good Guy Award

George Newman – Ring 8 Member of the Year Award

Mike Reno – Community Service Award

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Oct-27-2017

Sunday, December 10th Ring 8 Holiday Awards Dinner @ Russo’s On The Bay


The event is Sunday, December 10th at Russo’s on the Bay! The Honorees are as follows:

 

 

Vasyl Lomachenko – Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Award

Michael Spinks – Historical Award

Michael Conlan – International Prospect of the Year Award

Marcus Browne – New York State Fighter of the Year Award

Amanda Serrano – New York State Female Fighter of the Year Award

Bobby Cassidy Sr. – Sunnyside Gardens Award

Devaun Lee – New York State Prospect of the Year Award

Skender & Enver Halili – Rising Contender Award

Matt Christie – Sam Kellerman Media Award

Hector Roca – New York State Trainer of the Year Award

Edwin Torres – Long & Meitorious Service Award

Robert Perez – New York State Official of the Year Award

Mercedes Vazquez Simmons – New York State Promoter of the Year Award

Richard Kiley – Uncrowned Champion Award

Dr. Osric King – Ringside Physician of the Year Award

Joanne Doyle Hutchins – Good Guy Award

George Newman – Ring 8 Member of the Year Award

Mike Reno – Community Service Award

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Time is running out, PLEASE try to put in an AD in for our event.

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Sep-25-2017

MEXICO EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND

Dear Kind People:

We would appreciate it if you could get this out. The people in Mexico have suffered a second earthquake, and are devastated. The WBC will provide a certificate of Excellence to anyone who donates.

Right now, Carlos Slim is matching any amount donated by 5X. Amazing.

As always,
Jill Diamond – WBC

MEXICO EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND

 

September 23, 2017
So many kind requests from members of the boxing community from around the world, inquiring on how support can be directed to the so many needs for aid of victims the tragic earthquake which hit Mexico City and 5 others states in the country.
The WBC wishes to recommend donations to deposit in a bank account from which Carlos slim foundation will make a 5 to 1 matching contribution (Carlos Slim Foundation will contribute $5 USD per each dollar donated).
Carlos Slim’s contribution through his foundation ads to his exemplary support for boxing through ring TELMEX-TELCEL Foundation and is of tremendous importance in this time of urgency.
To donate inside of Mexico:
Banco Inbursa, S.A.
Account: 11111111111
Account CLABE: 036180111111111111
Name: Carlos Slim Foundation
Also the WBC has opened the following bank account to receive donations from around the world:
Bank Name:
BANCO MERCANTIL DEL NORTE, S. A.  –  BANORTE Branch # 2067
Address:
Av. Montevideo No. 27
Col. Tepeyac Insurgentes
Deleg.  Gustavo A. Madero
México, D. F.  07020
Teléfono: (5255) 5577-65-74
Fax:      (5255) 5577-61-48
Account Name: CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE BOXEO A.C.
Address:
Calle: RioBamba 835, Col. Lindavista, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07300 CDMX
Account Nbr..:   0826381248
Currency : US Cy. Dollars
Swift: MENOMXMT
Bank Code (Clabe): 072 180 00826381248 0
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Aug-15-2017

Special Ring 8 Offer: Boxing Film Series at Anthology Film Archives

Here’s an invitation to the boxing series for Ring8 members.

From August 18-28. Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan’s East Village (32 2nd avenue, 2nd street) will be showcasing 10 of the best boxings in film history.

Attached is a copy of the postcard and schedule.

Here is the online link to the program:

http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/series/47709

Anthology would like to offer a discounted member price for all Ring8 members. In other words, instead of the $11 full price tickets, you are eligible for the $7 member price tickets. The price applies to whoever else you plan to invite, should you do so. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with Sean Nam at seany90@gmail.com to reserve your member price tickets.

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BOXING ON FILM: PART 1

August 18 – August 27

Boxing announces itself as two combatants, enclosed in a square ring, using nothing but their fists to pummel each other into oblivion. Where, you might ask, is the appeal in that? We might mention first that Virgil and Homer featured it in their epic poems; G.B. Shaw had a lifelong obsession with it, writing a book on the subject in between his plays, and going so far as lacing up a pair of gloves himself; and James Baldwin, a complete stranger to the sport, was moved nonetheless to pen a rueful essay on sympathetic heavyweight Floyd Patterson. Boxing, to be sure, has long found a way of bewitching its observers, compelling them to memorialize, by way of philosophic introspection and metaphor alike, their experience of seeing violence waged in the ring. But violence is only half the picture. What permits boxing to emerge out of its purview as a bloodsport and become something like a broadly-recognized motif, is its seemingly innate possession of those grand, humanistic themes that have populated the great novels: the tales of redemption, bravery, sacrifice, ungodly willpower, flirtation with death, and so on – such elements more than earn boxing its cultural keep. Boxing, in other words, is the stuff of movies.

Since the last days of the bareknuckle era and the first flickers from a projector, boxing and cinema have gone hand-in-hand. In his book “Fight Pictures,” film scholar Dan Streible explores how the inherent thrills and simplicity of boxing caught the attention of Edison and other early film practitioners as an easy way to monetize on the new invention. Indeed, the subject of the world’s first feature film was none other than the heavyweight fight between James J. Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons.

To celebrate the longstanding and ongoing ties between boxing and cinema, Anthology presents the first of a two-part series devoted to the very best examples of boxing on screen. This first chapter features classic Hollywood noirs and dramas like THE SET-UP and GENTLEMAN JIM; Leo McCarey’s more lighthearted take on the subject, THE MILKY WAY; New Hollywood gems such as FAT CITY and RAGING BULL, and superlative documentaries including THE FIGHT, ON THE ROPES, and BOXING GYM. And best of all, we welcome Dan Streible for a special presentation showcasing some of the remarkable and long-forgotten materials he discovered in his research for his seminal book on the subject.

Co-programmed by Sean Nam, who also wrote the introduction and (unless otherwise noted) all film descriptions. Special thanks to Dan Streible; Carlos Acevedo (The Cruelest Sport); Nanette Burstein; Chris Chouinard (Park Circus); Louise Greaves; Dave Jennings (Sony); Brett Morgen; Kristie Nakamura (WB); Anton Perich; Bill Powers; Nicolas Rapold; Richard Šteinhübel (Slovak Film Institute); and Todd Weiner & Steven Hill (UCLA).

Steve Farhood, Boxing Hall of Fame analyst and journalist, will be here in person to introduce the screenings of THE SET-UP and FAT CITY on Friday, August 18; and film critic Nicholas Elliott will introduce the screening of GENTLEMAN JIM on Friday, August 25!

Upcoming Screenings

  • Robert Wise
    THE SET-UP
    August 18 at 7:15 PM
    August 22 at 9:15 PM
    August 24 at 7:00 PM
  • John Huston
    FAT CITY
    August 18 at 9:00 PM
    August 22 at 6:45 PM
    August 23 at 9:15 PM
  • Nanette Burstein & Brett Morgen
    ON THE ROPES
    August 19 at 4:15 PM
    August 21 at 9:15 PM
  • Raoul Walsh
    GENTLEMAN JIM
    August 19 at 6:30 PM
    August 25 at 9:15 PM
  • William Greaves
    THE FIGHT
    August 19 at 9:00 PM
    August 24 at 8:45 PM
    August 26 at 4:00 PM
  • Martin Scorsese
    RAGING BULL
    August 20 at 3:45 PM
    August 23 at 6:30 PM
    August 26 at 9:00 PM
  • Frederick Wiseman
    BOXING GYM
    August 20 at 6:30 PM
    August 26 at 6:45 PM
  • Peter Solan
    THE BOXER AND DEATH
    August 20 at 8:30 PM
    August 25 at 6:45 PM
    August 27 at 3:15 PM
  • Leo McCarey
    THE MILKY WAY
    August 21 at 7:15 PM
    August 27 at 8:30 PM
  • DAN STREIBLE: FIGHT PICTURES
    August 27 at 6:00 PM

It would be great to see many of you at some of these films.

Thank you,

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