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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

Telephone: (212) 417-5700
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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, January 19, 2015
  • Monday, June 15, 2015
  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • Monday, July 20, 2015
  • Monday, March 16, 2015
  • August 17, 2015
  • Monday, April 20, 2015
  • September 14, 2015
  • Monday, May 18, 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.

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. 

Fight for Your Future Group PictureThe initiative will allow participants the opportunity to continue their education by either obtaining a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), enrolling in a CUNY undergraduate or graduate program and to be awarded scholarships based on academic merit to help them graduate from a CUNY school. CUNY will administer the program, while NYSAC, USA Boxing Metro and the Daily News will assist in recruiting applicants from the State’s boxing community and help promote the program to their respective communities. Through this exciting new program, which is the first of its kind in the country, boxers will now have educational opportunities available to them that are much like those afforded to athletes in other sports.

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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.

The health and safety of our fighters are of paramount importance and New York has proven itself a leader in this area. The Commission also protects boxers by working to ensure that the sport remains healthy and vibrant in our State and is run in a professional manner. We will continue to work with promoters to bring shows to New York so boxers have the opportunity to get in the ring and earn a living. We will also continue to make sure that competent referees and judges are in place to make the right decisions during a bout and arrive at a fair outcome at fight’s end.
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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.

January in New York State
Boxing History

On January 1, 1919, Rocky Graziano was born Thomas Rocco Barbella in Brooklyn, NY. Graziano had a career record of 67 wins, 10 losses and six draws. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, located in Canastota, NY and his life story was the basis of the 1956 Oscar-winning film, “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” based on his 1955 autobiography of the same name. He boxed a remarkable 47 times in his home State of New York throughout his career

On January 10, 1992, Bronx, NY-born Iran “The Blade” Barkley knocked out Darrin Van Horn in the second round of their scheduled 12-rounder to win the IBF Super-Middleweight title at the Paramount Theater in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Barkley was a formidable champion and challenger who would step in the ring with the world’s best fighters, including names like Thomas Hearns (who he defeated twice), Roberto Duran, Michael Olajide, and James Toney.

On January 28, 1974 in New York City, “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali avenged one of the two losses on his record at the time (he had earlier beaten Ken Norton to avenge his other loss) when he scored a 12-round unanimous decision victory over “Smokin’” Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden to retain his Heavyweight Championship. In this fight, Referee Tony Perez saved Frazier from an almost certain knockdown in the 2nd round. Just seconds after Ali hurts Smokin’ Joe with a hook, Perez separated the fighters, thinking he had heard the bell. This was the second bout in one of the fiercest trilogies in boxing history, pitting two of the greatest heavyweights of all-time against each other once again. Ali would later go on to TKO Frazier in the last fight of the trilogy, “The Thrilla in Manila,” the following year to take the rubber match. Ali fought in the Empire State a total of eleven times in his stories career. He finished his career with a record of 56 wins (37 by KO) against 5 losses.

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