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05:33 AM ET 07.25 | Melvina Lathan didn't politic to become the new chairperson of the New York State Athletic Commission. It was the politicians who came after her. Secretary of State Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez first asked Lathan if she might be interested in the job. Today, Gov. Paterson will make the appointment official. Lathan, a professional boxing judge for 18 years, succeeds Ron Scott Stevens, who has served as chairman since 2003. "This is a wonderful challenge for me," Lathan said yesterday. "I'm ready for this. It's an exciting position to be in." Lathan has been involved in boxing for 20 years, serving as a judge for 18 years where she scored 86 world title fights. She has also traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad for the last 10 years conducting seminars for boxing officials. Lathan seems supportive of getting mixed martial arts regulated in New York. Approval must first come through the legislative process. "I'd like to encourage more conversation about MMA," she said. "I love boxing, but there's room for both."

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