Boxing in New York
The best of New York boxing can be seen from Barclays Center in Brooklyn to Madison Square Garden in New York City, the mecca of boxing with its rich tradition of hosting historic championship boxing matches.
In the 1920s after New York passed the Walker Law making boxing legal you could see live boxing every night of the week in New York from the smokers in the clubs to The Garden. By the end of the 1950s when more people had TVs live boxing in New York took a decline. When gambling became legal in Atlantic City in 1976 the casinos began hosting big fights and luring them away from New York.
Of late New York and East Coast boxing fans can thank promoters Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, Kathy Duva of Main Events, Lou DiBella, Golden Boy Promotions, Bob Arum of Top Rank and others who have been putting on fights on a regular basis in the former fight capital of the world.
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Note: Upcoming fights listed on the 2014 New York boxing schedule include tentatively scheduled fights so schedule is subject to change.
New York Boxing Venues
- Aviator Sports
- Barclays Center
- Madison Square Garden
- Manhattan Center
- Paradise Theater
- Roseland Ballroom
New York Boxing History
New York has an interesting and unque boxing history. The highest grossing boxing event in the history of Madison Square Garden and state of New York was Lennox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield on March 13, 1999. Don King promoted the fight which produced a record setting live gate of $11,425,494.
On September 29, 2001 just 18 days after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and 3.1 miles away from ground zero, Bernard Hopkins defeated Tito Trinidad at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Don King, an American patriotist and promoter of the fight sent a message to the world that New Yorkers would not be defeated.
Ron Scott Stevens who was appointed Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) in 2003 held the position longer than any public official. Prior to Stevens many of the NYSAC former top officials were no-show employees who performed minimal to no work at all. In July 2008 Melvina Lathan a former boxing judge and commission member was appointed NYSAC chairman. She is the first woman to hold the position since the commission began regulating boxing in 1911.
On September 19, 2007, New York City's Madison Square Garden retired its historic boxing ring to be on permanent display at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. The old ring used since 1925 hosted more championship fights than any other boxing ring in existence.