New Jerseys Boxing & MMA Chief Larry Hazzard Sr. Fired

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Larry Hazzard Sr., the state's athletic control board commissioner who has overseen boxing and mixed martial arts in New Jersey for more than 20 years, was fired Wednesday by Attorney General Anne Milgram, her office confirmed today.

"The attorney general said it was time for a change," Wald said. "It's few months into her own administration and she's been examining division directors and she wanted to make a change. This is a personnel matter and it's a personnel change."

Under Hazzard's leadership, New Jersey has emerged as a major world boxing venue and is recognized as having some of the most far-reaching rules to enforce safety in the boxing ring, according to the attorney general's Web site. He also developed the 10-point majority scoring system and the country's first instant replay in boxing.

A former three-time Golden Glove champ, Hazzard was the chief boxing referee in New Jersey when he was appointed state Athletic Control Board commissioner in late 1985 by then Gov. Tom Kean. He was sworn in as the state athletic commissioner on February 27, 1986.

Deputy Commissioner Sylvester Cuyler will temporarily assume Hazzard's duties until a permanent replacement is hired, Wald said.