New Jersey will not need to look for a new boxing commissioner.
A day after being named as a finalist to become executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, current New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis withdrew from the race Friday.
"I am aware that the names of the 10 finalists for the position of Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission have been publicly released," Davis said in a statement. "It is an honor to be among the 10 finalists.
"Upon reflection and consultation with N.J. state officials and family, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration. I no longer consider myself a candidate for the position and look forward to remaining in New Jersey. I wish Nevada the best in filling the position and look forward to working with that individual in any future matters."
Davis, a native of Willingboro and a former basketball standout at Willingboro High School and Wichita State University, has been New Jersey's top boxing official since October 2008, when he replaced former commissioner Larry Hazzard after Hazzard was fired by then-New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram.
Prior to getting that job, Davis was Kansas' boxing commissioner.
The Nevada commissioner has been looking for an executive director since January, when Keith Kizer resigned after an eight-year tenure. Davis' departure leaves Bob Bennett, Eric Bentley, Chris Eccles, Andrew Foster, Craig Hubble, Michael Martino, Jeffrey Mullen, Joseph Nady and Mark Smith as the finalists.
According to ESPN.com, Bennett is a Nevada boxing judge; Bentley is assistant director of the New York State Athletic Commission; Eccles is a deputy attorney general in Nevada; Foster is executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission; Hubble is a California attorney; Martin is an inspector with the Nevada commission; Mullen is executive director of the Tennessee commission; Nady is a Nevada commission inspector; and Smith is an MMA judge for the Nevada commission.
"We'll be diligent, but we'd like to have somebody in place before the (Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana welterweight unification fight on May 3)," Nevada commission chairman Franciso Aguilar told ESPN.com. "I'm very pleased with the list. I think we have some great candidates."
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