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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2014 New York State Athletic Commission Licensees (excel xls)

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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


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August in New York State
Boxing History

On August 4, 1944, at Madison Square Garden, in the midst of World War II, Beau Jack and Bob "The Bobcat" Montgomery met for the fourth time in a lightweight bout that was proclaimed "The War Bonds Fight“ (tickets were only made available to interested parties who purchased war bonds). Jack and Montgomery were enlisted men in the U.S. Army at the time of the contest, and both refused to take purses for the fight. Jack’s aggressiveness won him a majority decision in an encounter that was hard fought through every one of the 10 rounds. The official scorecards were 6-2-2, 6-1-3, and 5-5 for Jack, who the great Cus D’Amato once called “the greatest lightweight ever.” The bout raised $35,864,900 for the World War II national bond drive.

On August 18, 1936, in New York’s Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, former World heavyweight Champion Jack Sharkey, who was born in Binghamton, NY before moving to Massachusetts as a young man, was knocked out in the third round by the great Joe Louis in what would be Sharkey’s last bout of his career. Throughout his colorful career, Sharkey fought at the most iconic sports venues throughout New York State, including Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Ebbet’s Field, as well as in Syracuse’s State Fair Coliseum.  Sharkey never shied away from the best opponents of his era, taking on such greats as Louis, Primo Carnera, Max Schmeling (who he won the Heavyweight Championship from in a 15-round split decision), and Jack Dempsey, to name a few.

Sharkey finished his career with a record of 37 wins (13 by KO) against 13 losses and three draws and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994.   Louis, who fought a total of 29 times all over New York State in his illustrious career, went to become one of the greatest athletes the world has ever known, holding the championship from 1937 to 1949, which is still a record. Louis finished his career with a record of 66 wins (52 by KO) and 3 losses.

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