Contact NYSAC:

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
Fax: (212) 417-4987

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The New York State Athletic Commission will hold testing for Seconds, Managers, and Matchmaker licenses at
1:00pm at 123 William Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  • Monday, October 27, 2014
  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Monday, December 15, 2014

These are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment, call 212-417-5700 or email

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

Action from Madison Square Garden July 26, 2014

  • A strong showing of boxing fans in Madison Square Garden await the big card on the evening of Saturday, July 26, 2014. The card was headlined by a WBA/IBO Middleweight Title clash between Champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Daniel Geale.
  • Welterweight Julian Rodriguez (l.) throws a left hand and stuns Yankton Southern (r.) on his way to a first round knockout victory at Madison Square Garden on July 26, 2014.
  • Super Welterweight Arthur Harrison (l.) connects with a straight left to the face Wilfredo Acuna (r.) on July 26, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. Harrison won on an 8th round unanimous decision.
  • Cruiserweight Odwale Afolabi has his gloves removed in his corner following a 3rd round TKO victory over Anthony Caputo-Smith on July 26, 2014 at Madison Square Garden.
  • Referee Harvey Dock gets ready to officiate the evening’s co-main event, a heavyweight elimination bout between Mike Perez and Bryant Jennings.
  • Heavyweights Mike Perez (l.) and Bryant Jennings (r.) trade blows in their 12-round heavyweight title elimination bout on July 26, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. Jennings scored a close split decision victory.
  • Heavyweight Bryant Jennings raises his hands in victory after being awarded a 12-round split decision win by the judges on July 26, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. Jennings earned a shot at the heavyweight title with the victory.
  • WBA/IBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin makes his way to ringside on July 26, 2014 at Madison Square Garden to defend his title against Daniel Geale.
  • Gennady Golovkin stalks his opponent in the opening round of his scheduled 12-round middleweight title defense on July 26, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin scored a TKO in the 3rd round to retain his belt.
  • Middleweights Gennady Golovkin (l.) and Daniel Geale (r.) face-off during their championship bout on July 26, 2014 in Madison Square Garden.
  • Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin stands over challenger Daniel Geale as referee Mike Ortega signals the end of their match, awarding Golovkin a #3rd round TKO win on July 26, 2014 in Madison Square Garden.


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

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.

With these overriding purposes – the protection of the boxer and safeguarding of the sport – always in mind, I plan to work diligently to make sure that boxing in New York continues to flourish. I will listen to the ideas of boxing people who care about the sport and I will make certain that the Commission operates in a way that is open and transparent to its entire community, including both participants and fans.

Finally, I am always available to all our fighters, who are the lifeblood and soul of this extraordinary sport.

I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.


David Berlin


Injury Awareness

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Approved Gloves

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

September in New York State
Boxing History

On September 8, 1897 at The Alhambra in Syracuse, NY, Tommy Ryan, who was born in Redwood, NY, fought to a NO Contest against Charles (Kid) McCoy in a middleweight bout. No contests were not unusual for the era, but this one was one of the strangest occurrences in the squared circle in the State of New York at the time. The Syracuse Evening News reported that Ryan, although at his best at 145lbs, surprisingly agreed to enter the ring at 154lbs with McCoy, who came in at 158lbs. Politics and police interference saw the fight halted during the fifth round with neither man badly hurt, despite Ryan suffering damage to his left eye. Press reports stated that it was rumoured prior to the fight that the police would enforce a stoppage in the fifth or sixth rounds, but that could not be substantiated. When asked why he stopped the fight, Police Inspector O’Brien said that he had seen Ryan beginning to land heavy blows to McCoy’s kidney region and felt that those punches were unacceptable. Referee George Siler said there was no reason for the police to have intervened in the bout. It was generally thought that Ryan was ahead at the time of the stoppage and would have gone on to win.

On September 18, 2001, two-time former World Featherweight Champion Sandy Saddler and best known for his four-bout series with Willie Pep, passed away at a nursing home in New York State. Although born in Boston, Saddler fought over 45 times in the Empire State during his career, including in Buffalo, Long Beach, Schenectady and New York City. He finished with a career record of 144 wins (103 by KO), 16 losses and two draws.

On September 21, 1955, at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, World heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano came off the canvas to score a ninth round knockout of Moore, the Light Heavyweight Champion who had moved up in weight. This marked the final bout in Marciano’s career and to this day he remains the only Heavyweight Champion to retire undefeated, finishing at 49-0.

On September 27, 1956, undisputed Middleweight Champion Tony Zale defended his title against New York’s own Rocky Graziano at Yankee Stadium in the first of their three fights, one of the more sensational trilogies in boxing history. This bout, widely regarded as the Fight of the Year in 1946 by many boxing aficionados, ended when Zale knocked out Graziano in the sixth round. In the third round, Graziano sent Zale through the ropes. Later, on the verge of defeat and ready to collapse, Zale managed to drop Graziano with a body shot. Then in the sixth round Zale caught Graziano with a left hook that dropped him hard to the canvas; this time Rocky wasn’t able to cover from the punch in time to beat the count and Tony Zale retained the title.

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