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2016 New York State Athletic Commission Licensees

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 date:

Monday, May 9, 2016 Monday, June 13, 2016 Monday, July 11, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016 Monday, September 12, 2016 Monday, October 10, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016 Monday, December 12, 2016  

These are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment, call 212-417-5692 or email
*2016 Licensing Period lasts from October 1st, 2015 through September 30th, 2016.

New York Department of State Seeks MMA Project Coordinator

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Action Shots from Barclays Center Card on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Action Shots from Barclays Center Card on Saturday, April 16, 2016

2016 New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Ceremony

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, more than 300 members of New York's boxing community came together at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach, NY for the 5th Annual New York Stating Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony.

View the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame official press release and event photos HERE.

The New York State Athletic Commission would like to thank the New York Stating Boxing Hall of Fame/Ring 8 President Bob Duffy for once again putting on a great show honoring the new inductees and for inviting New York State Athletic Commission Executive Director David Berlin to say a few words to the assembled crowd. For Berlin’s remarks, click HERE.

NYSBHOP Class of 2016

NYSBHOF Class of 2016 (L-R): Seated - Vilomar Fernandez, Dennis Rappaport, Randy Gordon and Ed Brophy; Standing: Aaron Davis and Joe DeGuardia

NYS Athletic Commission Executive Director address the crowd

New York State Athletic Commission Executive Director addresses the crowd.

All photos courtesy of Peter Frutkoff

In Memory of Jospeh DeGuardia, Sr. (1930-2016)

The New York State Athletic Commission would like to pass on its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Joseph DeGuardia Sr., a highly-respected figure in the New York, and national, boxing communities, who passed away March 8, 2016 at the age of 86. He was a professional boxer and lifelong resident of Morris Park in The Bronx, where he founded the Morris Park Boxing Club. For more on DeGuardia, go here.

Action Shots from The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, February 27, 2016

Action Shots from The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, February 27, 2016

Action Shots from Barclays Center, Saturday, January 16, 2016

Action Shots from Barclays Center, Saturday, January 16, 2016

NYSAC Congratulates Alicia Ashley

The New York State Athletic Commission would like to congratulate Alicia Ashley, a resident of Brooklyn, NY, on setting the Guinness Book World Record for being the oldest female boxer to win a major boxing title. Ashley defeated Christina McMahon via a 10-round unanimous decision in front of her home fans at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn on October 29, 2015 to win the vacant WBC World Female Super Bantamweight Title.

Ashley, a native of Jamaica, won the title at 48 years, 81 days old. Her record stands at 23-10, 4 KO's. Read more about her
victory here.

The New York State Athletic Commission would like to pass on its sincerest condolences to the family, friends and fans of boxer, Olympic gold medalist and New York-native Howard Davis, Jr., who passed away this past December 30th at his home in Plantation, FL. Davis was born in Glen Cove, New York and was inspired to become a boxer after viewing a documentary on Muhammad Ali. He received the Val Baker Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Olympic fighter, at the 1976 Games, from a class that also included fellow gold medalists Sugar Ray Leonard and the Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon.

He accrued a professional record of 36-6-1 (14 KO's) before retiring from boxing in 1996. Read more about Davis here:

NYSAC Congratulates Keisher McLeod Wells

The New York State Athletic Commission would like to congratulate Keisher “Fire” McLeod Wells on winning the New York State Female Flyweight Championship on May 30, 2015 at the Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. McLeod Wells, who hails from Brooklyn, NY, scored a unanimous decision over Patricia Alcivar to claim the vacant title. Her professional record stands at eight wins and two losses.

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

May 1, 2015

To The Boxing Community,

David Berlin, Executive Director, New York State Athletic CommissionToday marks my one-year anniversary at the New York State Athletic Commission.  It has been a productive year for the Commission and a year that has witnessed the growth of professional boxing in New York. 

New York is looking to have its busiest year in decades in 2015.  Already, there have been 17 boxing cards in New York State, small and large, downstate and upstate.  Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous boxing venue and the one most closely tied to boxing’s rich history, and the Barclays Center, one of the top modern venues for the sport, are each looking to host several important boxing events during the year, events that bring the energy and excitement of big-time boxing to New York.

Behind the scenes and out of the spotlight – a spotlight that rightfully belongs only to the men and women who climb into the ring to fight – the Commission has been hard at work.  The Commission’s core functions are to regulate the sport, to oversee boxing events, and to make certain that medical and safety precautions are in place to protect the health of fighters.  We have developed, and continue to develop, a competent and professional staff to undertake these functions.  In the past year we have built a small but efficient office staff to handle the daily work of the Commission and we have added substantially to our event-day staff.  Inspectors received a pay increase for the first time in 25 years, putting their compensation in line with the high demands of the job; they are our eyes and ears in the dressing rooms and in the corners, making sure that regulations are followed, that the fighters are clean and that the sport is conducted in a fair and safe manner.  In addition, several workshops were held for inspectors, and clear protocols were developed for both inspectors and ringside physicians.  These protocols ensure that the Commission is consistent in its practices so that boxers and their teams will know what to expect when they come to New York to fight.

What the boxers and their teams can expect in New York is a transparency and consistency that ensures that the sport is run in an open, honest and fair manner.  Toward that end, we have worked to make sure that the Commission website provides up-to-date information to the public, including a calendar of upcoming boxing shows, all forms that boxers and their teams require in New York, bulletins describing current Commission practices, and New York’s boxing rules.  In addition, a Boxer Information Sheet is provided to boxers and their teams at weigh-ins so that they have easy access to New York’s basic rules and practices and will know what to expect on fight night. 

With the boxer as our focal point, we have developed a new Bout Contract that uses clear, straightforward language to describe the agreement between boxer and promoter, and that puts boxers on notice of what, if any, deductions will be made from the fighter’s purse.  This allows boxers to know, at the time a contract is signed, exactly what they can expect to earn for the fight, and it avoids the misunderstandings that stem naturally from finding out only after a fight is complete that money is being deducted.  In a departure from past practice, we have also worked with promoters to conduct weigh-ins at or near the venue where the event will be taking place in order to save boxers from the burden of traveling to the Commission and allow them time to rest for the next day’s fight.

All of our new practices are developed with the fighter in mind, and there is nothing more important than making sure that the boxer who earns the victory in the ring has his or her hand raised at the end of the fight.  That means having qualified, competent officials in place who will exercise proper judgment.  We have held referee and judge seminars in order to make sure that our officials are following consistent standards.  These seminars also give referees and judges an opportunity to share ideas and to compare approaches toward sometimes difficult situations; in this way, they are prepared for the many scenarios that may arise in the ring.  In addition to seminars, I have frequent conversations with individual judges and referees to discuss their work in a particular fight as I believe that open and constructive dialog gives all of us a chance to grow as professionals.

Other new practices also serve our goals of clarity, transparency and fairness:

  • We have put in place a selection process for referees and judges in world title fights that gives the boxer and his or her team a voice in who is selected.

  • We have created a clear set of criteria defining who is eligible to fight for the New York State Championship title, criteria that are in keeping with the significance of the title.

  • We have changed the boxer license application to provide for the possibility of drug testing at any time during the licensure period and not only on the night of a fight.

  • We have developed a clear and consistent process for weigh-ins that makes the official scale available to the boxers prior to the official weigh-in but provides just one chance for boxers in non-title fights to step on the scale at the official weigh-in.  In title fights, boxers who weigh in heavy are given two hours to make weight.

  • We have required that promoters provide the same brand and model of gloves to both boxers in a bout.  If a boxer wants to wear a different brand or model, then the boxer or his team must supply two pairs of the gloves (or four in a title bout) so that the other boxer will have the option of wearing either the gloves provided by the promoter or the same gloves that his or her opponent is wearing.

  • We encourage the boxer’s trainer to have a representative watch the opponent wrap and glove up prior to a bout. 

In addition to our efforts to create a professional environment that protects boxers and advances the integrity of the sport, I am particularly proud of our program to promote boxer health through the NYSAC Health Insurance Initiative.  Through a series of open houses at the Commission, at boxing gyms and at weigh-ins, the Commission has arranged for boxers to receive one-on-one assistance in enrolling in health insurance plans through the New York State of Health Marketplace.  Our success is measured in the number of enrollees.  Sixty-nine boxers and other boxing people who did not previously have health coverage (and 90 individuals in total when family members are included) are now enrolled in health insurance plans.  Boxers who are injured in the gym can now go to a doctor and know that they will be covered, and they can maintain their good health by going for an annual check-up.

There is, of course, much work to be done, work that includes updating and modernizing New York’s boxing rules to bring them in line with current accepted practices in boxing.  Toward that end, New York has abolished the three-knockdown rule, properly leaving the appropriate moment of a stoppage to the judgment of qualified referees.  Continued work on New York’s rules is a project that we plan to move forward on in the coming year. 
Just as we will work on the rules to bring them in line, where appropriate, with other jurisdictions, New York is committed to working with our fellow Commissions in order to bring uniformity to the sport in many other areas.  This shared goal of bringing uniformity to the sport will help to ensure the long term health of boxing and will benefit the boxers who will be able to compete according to the same rules and practices wherever they ply their trade.

We have made great progress in the past year but of course the work continues.  I look forward to the challenges ahead as we do our part to make sure that boxers are protected, that the integrity of the sport is maintained, and that boxing continues to thrive in New York State.

David Berlin
Executive Director

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Boxing History

On May 9, 1960, Iran “The Blade” Barkley was born in The Bronx, NY. Barkley held titles in the middleweight, super-middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions. Career highlights included his two victories over Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, with the first in 1988 voted as the “Upset of the Year” by Ring Magazine. Barkley, finished his career with a record of 43 wins (27 by KO), 19 losses and one draw.

On May 11, 1963, Mark Breland was born in Brooklyn, NY. Breland won five New York Golden Glove titles before winning the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In his professional career, he twice won the WBA World Welterwieght title. He finished his career with 35 wins (25 by KO) against three losses and a draw. He became a professional training after his fighting days were over.

On May 19, 1977, Ken “The Fighting Marine” Norton defeated unbeaten heavyweight prospect Duane Bobick via TKO in the very first round of their scheduled 12-round bout at Madison Square Garden. Norton pummeled his opponent with right hands before the referee stopped the bout with only 58 seconds gone by. For Norton, this bout followed a unanimous decision loss to Muhammad Ali at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx the previous year in the grudge match of their great trilogy in which he also lost the NABF Heavyweight title. In their first match in 1973, Norton famously broke Ali’s jaw before Ali won the rematch later that year. Norton was known for fighting the very best heavyweights of his day, including Larry Holmes and George Foreman, on top of Ali, and fought a total of four times in the Empire State, including his last match, a one-round knockout loss at the hands of Gerry Cooney in 1981 at the Garden. Norton finished his professional career with 42 wins (33 by KO), seven defeats and one draw.

On May 22, 1990, Brooklyn-born Rocky Graziano, whose life story was the basis of the 1956 Oscar-winning film “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” passed away at the age of 71 in New York City. Graziano's funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

On May 26, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act into law. It is the first federal law passed to reform anti-competitive and corruptive business practices in the professional boxing industry.


On May 28, 1942, the great Sugar Ray Robinson fought Schenectady, NY’s own Marty Servo for the second time at Madison Square Garden in a middleweight clash. Unlike the first fight for these two rivals, in which Robinson won a unanimous decision, it was Servo who improved upon his past performance in a remarkably close fight, but he still narrowly lost an unpopular split decision. Ringside observers thought Servo had won and many fans in the crowd of 15,000 vociferously disapproved of the decision. Robinson fought a whopping 41 times in New York State in locales that also included The Polo Grounds (in Manhattan) and Yankee Stadium (in The Bronx), as well as bouts in Brooklyn, Albany and Buffalo. Robinson made his professional debut at Madison Square Garden in 1940 and finished his illustrious career with a record of 173 wins (108 by KO), 19 losses, six draws and two no contests.


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