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David Berlin, Executive Director
Melvina Lathan, Chairperson

New York State Athletic Commission
123 William Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038

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2014 New York State Athletic Commission Licensees (excel xls)

Special Notice

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The New York State Athletic Commission will hold testing for Seconds, Managers, and Matchmaker licenses at
10:00 am at 123 William Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Monday, June 15, 2015
  • Monday, April 20, 2015
  • Monday, July 20, 2015
  • Monday, May 18, 2015
  • August 17, 2015
  • September 14, 2015

These are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment, call 212-417-5692 or email

*2015 Licensing Period lasts from October 1st, 2014 through September 30th, 2015.

Ruling of Special Interest - March 26, 2014
Matter of SAC v. Yagobi et al.

Tony MazzarellaThe New York State Athletic Commission would like to pass on its condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Joe Dwyer, from Floral Park, NY, a long-time fixture in the New York and national boxing community, who has passed away at the age of 76. Joe boxed as an amateur and worked for more than a decade with the New York State Athletic Commission, eventually rising to chief inspector in 1984. He also spent years as a professional boxing judge, served as the IBF championships chairman and most recently served two terms as president of the NABF, a WBC regional organization. Outside of boxing, Dwyer served in the U.S. Navy and also spent 34 years with the New York Police Department. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and three children.

Tony MazzarellaThe New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) would like to pass on its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of New York City boxing leader Tony Mazzarella, who recently passed away at the age of 75. Mazzarella was a former NYSAC Deputy Commissioner and Inspector, treasurer for the Ring 8 organization, and a New York State Sports Commission member. He also promoted both professional and amateur bouts throughout the area and was a major influence in the founding of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. Mazzarella will be sorely missed among New York’s tight-knit boxing community. (photo Courtesy of Ring 8)

The City University of New York and the New York State Athletic Commission Launch “Fight For Your Future” Initiative for New York Boxers

First of its Kind in the U.S. Pilot Program Will Provide Educational, Mentorship and Career Opportunities

The City University of New York (CUNY), in conjunction with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), USA Boxing Metropolitan Association (“Metro”) and Daily News Charities, Inc.,have announced the launch of a pilot program that will provide professional and amateur boxers in New York State educational opportunities in order to help them compete in today’s economic environment. The program, titled “Fight for Your Future,” aims to provide career options outside the squared circle. 

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An Open Letter from David Berlin, Executive Director, New York State Athletic Commission

To The Entire Boxing Community:

David Berlin, Executive Director, New York State Athletic CommissionAs most of you may already know, I have recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission. Many of you know me from my work as an attorney representing fighters, as well as others in the boxing community. Some of you also know me from my articles about boxing and the law that have focused largely on ways to implement positive change in the sport and how to protect the boxers who ply their trade in what has been rightly called “the hardest game.” I have always believed that boxers who display their courage and dignity in the ring deserve the sport’s protection.

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Injury Awareness

CONCUSSION: Let's Knock Out Brain Injuries in Boxing!

DEHYDRATION: Stay Hydrated and Avoid Injury Inside and Outside The Ring

Approved Gloves

See what brands, models and weights of boxing gloves are currently approved by the New York State Athletic Commission.

March in New York State
Boxing History

On March 3, 2000, Paul Spadafora won a unanimous 12-round decision over Victoriano Sosa at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY, to defend his IBF World Lightweight, despite being knocked down twice in the third round.

On March 4, 1968, “Smokin’” Joe Frazier knocked out Buster Mathis in the 11th round of a scheduled 15-rounder to win the vacant New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title. This particular fight opened the fourth, and current, Madison Square Garden, long-known as “The Mecca of Boxing.”

On March 6, 1985, “Iron” Mike Tyson made his professional boxing debut at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY, with a first-round knockout of Hector Mercedes. The eventual undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World, Tyson also fought in a multitude of other locations in his home state of New York early in his career, including Poughkeepsie, Latham, Troy, Long Island, Glens Falls, Swan Lake, and New York City.

On March 13, 1993, New Paltz, NY’s own Tracy Harris Patterson scored a unanimous 12-round decision at the McCann Recreation Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, to retain the WBC World Super Bantamweight Title in front of a vociferous hometown crowd.

On March 28, 1981, Sugar Ray Leonard scored a technical knockout in the 10th round of a scheduled 15-round bout over challenger Larry Bonds at Syracuse, NY’s Carrier Dome to defend his WBC World Welterweight Title.

On March 29, 1965, Jose Torres defeated Willie Pastrano via a ninth round technical knockout to win the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council Heavyweight titles at Madison Square Garden. With that victory, the Puerto Rican-born Torres became the first Hispanic Light-Heavyweight champion in boxing history. Coincidentally, Torres went on to become the Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1984 to 1988. He fought a total of 24 times in the State of New York, including in Utica, Buffalo and New York City and finished his professional career with 41 victories against 3 defeats and one draw.

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