Jack Hirsch – Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the NYS Boxing Hall of Fame, Inducts Steve Acunto, Co-Founder of the Association For The Improvement of Boxing

Acunto is the head coach of boxing at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, where he developed and teaches the only boxing class for college credit in existence. He has also taught pugilism at Fairfield University, Concordia College, Sarah Lawrence College, at YMCAs and the Purchase Community House.
In addition, he has traveled the country conducting hundreds of clinics and seminars on the “sweet science.”
Acunto has been a member of the New York State Athletic Commission since 1945 and is currently a Commissioner. In 1969, with Rocky Marciano, Acunto founded the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing. He is now President Emeritus and Chairman of the Board of the prestigious organization.

In 1988, Acunto was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and recently, in 1998, he was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. To date, he has taught the fistic way to over 8,000 young men. Of these students, one became a world champion, several have been leading contenders, and many have been amateur champions.

He lives with his wife Mercedes in Mount Vernon, New York. They have one son, three daughters, four grandchildren, and a wealth of boxing memories.

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