The New York State Athletic Commission has a new member. Queens-based attorney Keith Sullivan was named a deputy commissioner and will assume his duties on a card this Saturday, which will unfold at the Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens.
So, Mr. Sullivan, what do you bring to the table?
"I bring my love of boxing and unyielding commitment to the protection of the fighters by always ensuring that their health and fitness is paramount to all else," Sullivan told NYFightBlog. "I am very excited about the boxing shows we have on the horizon through the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It is an honor to be chosen to work under chairwoman Melvina Lathan and director of boxing Ralph Petrillo. Melvina has set a new standard of excellence in running an athletic commission and I look forward to working with her and the rest of the great inspectors, judges and officials who make the NYSAC so effective."
Sullivan has impressed boxers he's worked with, such as Andy Lee, the Irish middleweight, as well as trainers, managers, promoters and gym owners with his knowledge of the rules, regulations and policies of the NYSAC.
ESPN's Teddy Atlas, the TV analyst and trainer, spoke glowingly of Sullivan, who was born in Brooklyn and lives in Howard Beach. "There are three lines of defense for a fighter," Atlas told us. "Moving your head, your legs, or blocking punches. Now, make it four, as Keith Sullivan has been named deputy commissioner to the NYSAC. Keith understands the sport, but more importantly, he cares about people, as he has proved with his work helping families in need through the Dr. Atlas Foundation. Now fighters who compete in New York won't have to worry about being hit after the bell."
The 39 year-old Sullivan popped on the radars of many fight-game people when a few years ago he represented Joe Gamache in the former fighter's suit against the NYSAC, accusing them of negligence in allowing an over-the-weight Arturo Gatti to compete against Gamache in a 2000 bout at Madison Square Garden.