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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
Fax: (212) 417-4987

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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.

December in New York State
Boxing History

On December 11, 1925, New York’s own Paul Berlenbach defended his Light Heavyweight title, defeating challenger and former champ, Jack Delaney, via decision at Madison Square Garden. This was the first time the Garden utilized what would become their permanent and signature boxing ring, which ultimately hosted thousands of fights at the venue for 82 years before finally being retired in 2007 and donated to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY. In an exciting contest, Berlenbach – who had won the belt from Mike McTigue seven months prior – was knocked down in the third round and, according to a ringside report, “punched groggy“ in the sixth and seventh, but rallied strongly over the second half of the fight to turn back the challenge of Delaney. Berlenbach, known as the “Astoria Assassin”, finished his career with 40 wins (34 by KO), eight defeats and three draws.

On December 16, 1967, Nigerian-born Dick Tiger won the WBC and WBA Light Heavyweight titles from Puerto Rican-born Jose Torres in a unanimous 15-round decision at Madison Square Garden. Although both men hailed from overseas, both came to call New York State home for a portion of their lives. Torres went on to become the Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1984 to 1988.

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