Nova Scotia AC inactive due to lack of appointments

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Nova Scotia Boxing Authority has eight commissioners, each appointed to three-year terms. Those terms expired in June, and there have been no new appointments, so no professional mixed martial arts or boxing contests have been or can be held since.

The NSBA is currently listed as not in good standing/not active with the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports. Halifax played host to the UFC in February, but cannot hold any shows at present.

“You can’t get one sanctioned today,” said Mickey MacDonald, the last NSBA chair, to Jon Tattrie for CBC News. “What happened this year is the [provincial] election interrupted all the different appointments. They’re expected to meet in the next week or so.”

In Nova Scotia, the NSBA falls under the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. No staff members would agree to an interview, but did reply via email.

“We are currently in the process of filling these positions, which will allow the authority to fully resume its work, including sanctioning fights,” wrote spokesperson Lisa Jarrett in an email.

Frustration was expressed by Nova Scotia fighter and UFC vet Chris Kelades. He would love to fight at home, but fought last Friday for the LFA, in Shawnee, Oklahoma.


“Being on the East Coast, it can be very expensive to fly and get fights,” he said. “It’s really frustrating,” he said. “I’m hopeful that the commission is hopefully going to get it back together, because it’s not just for boxing, it’s also for MMA and any combat sports that wants to be held in Nova Scotia.”