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New york state athletic commission

 The New York State Athletic Commission is authorized to regulate combative sports matches and exhibitions within the State of New York, as well as professional wrestling exhibitions, pursuant to Article 41 of the New York State General Business Law. Comprised of five members appointed by the Governor, as well as a physician, a Medical Advisory Board, and staff, SAC administers licenses, enforces rules and regulations, and ensures that medical and safety standards are being met. It provides training seminars for referees, judges, and inspectors, oversees hundreds of events annually across the State, and is committed to promoting and maintaining the health, safety and integrity of its regulated athletic activities. 



Nevada State atletic commisision

 In 1941, the Nevada Athletic Commission was established by an act of the Nevada legislature.  Since that time, the Commission has regulated professional unarmed combat (e.g., Boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts/ MMA) in Nevada.  The conduct and regulation of unarmed combat in Nevada are governed by NRS Chapter 467, and are further clarified by the Regulations of the Commission (Chapter 467 of the Nevada Administrative Code).  The Commission administers the State laws and regulations governing unarmed combat for the protection of the public and to ensure the health and safety of the contestants. 



International boxing hall of fame


Class of 2011 Inductee

The idea for a boxing hall of fame germinated out of a town's love for two of its hometown boys who became world champions. In 1982 residents of Canastota, NY decided to honor former welterweight and middleweight champion of the late 1950s, Carmen Basilio, and his nephew, Billy Backus, who won the world welterweight title in 1970. The townspeople raised funds for a showcase that would celebrate the achievements of their two local heroes.

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 The World Boxing Council (WBC) is one of four major organizations which sanctions professional boxing bouts, alongside the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). Many historically high-profile bouts have been sanctioned by the organization with various legendary fighters having been recognised as WBC world champions. All four organizations recognise the legitimacy of each other and each have interwoven histories dating back several decades 



  The World Boxing Association (WBA), formerly known as the National Boxing Association (NBA), is the oldest and one of four major organizations which sanction professional boxing bouts, alongside the World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). The WBA awards its world championship title at the professional level. Founded in the United States in 1921 by 13 state representatives as the NBA, in 1962 it changed its name in recognition of boxing's growing popularity worldwide and began to gain other nations as members 



 The IBF's first world champion was Marvin Camel, a former WBC world cruiserweight champion who won the IBF's belt in the same division. During its first year of existence, however, the IBF remained largely obscure. But by 1984, the IBF decided to recognize Larry Holmes, Aaron Pryor, Marvin Hagler and Donald Curry, already established champions from other organizations, as IBF world champions. In Holmes' case, he relinquished his WBC title to accept the IBF's recognition. It established the IBF as the third sanctioning body, and a legitimate organization. 




The WBO started after a group of Puerto Rican and Dominican businessmen broke out of the WBA's 1988 annual convention in Isla Margarita, Venezuela over disputes regarding what rules should be applied.

The WBO's first president was Ramon Pina Acevedo of the Dominican Republic. Soon after its beginning, the WBO was staging world championship bouts around the globe. Its first championship fight was for its vacant super middleweight title, between Thomas Hearns and James Kinchen; Hearns won by decision. In order to gain respectability, the WBO next elected former world light heavyweight champion José Torres of Ponce, Puerto Rico, as its president. Torres left in 1996, giving way to Puerto Rican lawyer Francisco Valcarcel as president. Valcarcel has held that position since.


World boxing cares


 Created in 2006, under the guidance of Jose Sulaiman, WBC Cares (Big Champions Supporting Little Champions), a non profit organization made up of compassionate volunteers, sends its members into hospitals, orphanages, disaster areas and youth centers to inspire by example. Although the young are our primary focus, WBC Cares also supports and partners with like-minded organization in the various countries it represents. Relying on our its athletes, officials and members to carry out our mission of caring and kindness, WBC Cares believes you don't have to be a champion to live like one.