Nevada Athletic Commission Chief Resigns

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Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Keith Kizer speaks during the final news conference for the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino April 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Keith Kizer speaks during the final news conference for the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino April 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Keith Kizer has resigned as executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, saying he wants to return to the attorney general’s office.

The 47-year-old Kizer is stepping down from the $95,000-a-year position he’s held for eight years.

He says he made a five-year commitment to hold the job when he accepted it in 2006 and will return to his previous job in administrative law with the AG’s office.

The commission regulates boxing, mixed martial arts and other combat sports.

Among other things, Kizer was credited with implementing more aggressive drug testing and overseeing some of the largest gates in state history.

A national search will begin to find a replacement for him.

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