Schedule compiled by Matt Richardson
Boxing in New York State has undergone a rejuvenation over the past decade largely due to the leadership of the New York State Athletic Commission. Ron Scott Stevens, a former matchmaker and promoter, was appointed as the chairperson of the NYSAC in June 2003 by then Gov. George Pataki. Stevens dramatically increased the number of boxing shows and enforced stricter regulations over the sport during his tenure. Melvina Lathan, a former judge and commission member, was appointed as the chairperson of the NYSAC by Gov. David Paterson in July 2008. The boxing scene in New York State has continued to boom under Ms. Lathan’s guidance.
So what does the boxing schedule for New York State look like going forward in 2013? Last week, veteran FightNews New York City writer Matt Richardson interviewed chairperson Lathan. During the interview, FightNews was given a preliminary look at dates, locations and potential fights and fighters that could make appearances in the “Big Apple” in the first half of the year. As usual, dates, venues and fights are subject to change.
- February 21 – at Roseland Ballroom (Manhattan): Thomas Dulorme vs. TBA
- February 23 – Paramount Theater (Huntington): Chris Algieri vs. Jose Peralta Alejo
- March 2 – Apollo Theatre (Harlem): Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Jayson Velez
- March 9 – Barclays Center (Brooklyn): Tavoris Cloud vs. Bernard Hopkins
- March 16 – Roseland Ballroom (Manhattan): TBA
- March 21 – Main Street Armory (Rochester): Nick Brinson vs. TBA
- March 27 – Five Star (formerly Cordon Bleu): Ronson Frank vs. TBA
- April 6 – Star Boxing card: Venue and fight TBA
- April 12 – Whitehall Athletic Club (White Hall): Shawn Miller vs. TBA
- April 13 – Madison Square Garden (Manhattan): Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux
- April 20 – Madison Square Garden (Manhattan): TBA
- April 27 – Barclays Center (Brooklyn): Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah
- May – Resorts (Jamaica): TBA
- June – Barclays Center (Brooklyn): TBA
- June – Resorts (Jamaica): TBA
Check FightNews tomorrow for the full interview with NYSAC chairperson Lathan.
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