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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Special Notice

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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:

  • 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.

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

The New York State Athletic Commission Visits the Willis Avenue Gym in The Bronx

On August 25, 2014, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) paid a visit to the Willis Avenue Boxing Gym, located at 401 East 141st Street in The Bronx, as part of a series in which Commission personnel and other members of the boxing community visit boxing-oriented gyms around the State to drive home positive messages to children and other gym members.  The two-story gym is run and operated by owner Joey Delva.

Willis Ave BoxingNYSAC Chairwoman Melvina Lathan was joined by referee Sparkle Lee, judge Waleska Roldan, as well as professional fighters Louis Cruz and Bryant Cruz (not related) in addressing the assembled crowd on topics such as education, nutrition, health, and safety, to name a few. In all, there were 25 athletes, many from the immediate neighborhood (who attend for free), and five trainers on hand to partake in this interactive session.
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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.

October in New York State
Boxing History

On October 4, 1940, Sugar Ray Robinson, one-time New York State resident and hailed by many in the boxing community as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, made his professional debut at Madison Square Garden, knocking out Joe Echevarria in the second round. Robinson fought an astonishing 42 times in New York State during his career and finished with an overall record of 173 wins (108 by KO), 19 losses, six draws and two no contests.

On October 8, 1999, Laila Ali, daughter of “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali, made her professional boxing debut at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY, with a first-round knockout of April Fowler. Ali finished her career undefeated at 24-0, winning the IBA, WIBA and IWBF Super Middleweight titles. She fought a total of four times in the Empire State.

On October 26, 1951, Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis fought for the final time in his illustrious career, losing to future Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano via an eighth-round knockout at Madison Square Garden.  Louis is regarded as one of the all-time greats in the sport and finished his career that evening with a record of 66 wins (52 by KO), three losses and one no contest. 

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