New York State Athletic Commission

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The New York State Athletic Commission or NYSAC, also known as the New York Athletic Commission, is a division of the New York State Department of State which regulates all contests and exhibitions of unarmed combat within the state of New York, including licensure and supervision of promoters, boxers, professional wrestlers, seconds, ring officials, managers, and matchmakers. In 2016, the NYSAC was authorized to oversee all mixed martial arts contests in New York. [1]


The commission is based in New York City.

NBA rivalry

The NYSAC was founded in 1920, when the Walker Law legalized prizefighting. [2] The National Boxing Association (NBA) was established in 1921 by other U.S. states to counter the influence of the NYSAC. [2] Sometimes the NYSAC and the NBA recognized different boxers as World Champion, [2] especially in 1927–40. [3] In 1962, the NBA renamed itself the World Boxing Association, and in 1963 the NYSAC supported the formation of the World Boxing Council. [2]

Rules and Regulations (past and present)

1929 Weights and classes

ClassWeight (lbs.)Weight (kg)
Junior Flyweight10949.4
Junior Bantamweight11552.2
Junior Featherweight12255.3
Junior Lightweight13059.0
Junior Welterweight14063.5
Light Heavyweight17579.4

Boxing Rules of Athletic Commission of the State of New York

(As published in Self-Defense Sporting Annual 1929, p. 14.)




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  1. Okamoto, Brett (22 March 2016). "New York State Assembly passes bill that lifts ban on MMA". ESPN. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Morrison, Ian (1990). The Guinness World Championship Boxing book. Guinness Publishing. pp. 14–15. ISBN   0-85112-900-5.
  3. Morrison, pp.126–137