Lem Satterfield

Smoger to referee Malignaggi-Cano


Referee Steve Smoger will be the third man in the ring on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., when hometown favorite Paulie Malignaggi makes the first defense of his WBA welterweight title against Mexico City’s Pablo Cesar Cano on Showtime.

Smoger worked the last loss for Malignaggi, an 11th-round knockout by Amir Khan as a junior welterweight at New York’s Madison Square Garden in May of 2010.

Smoger was also the official in April, when Malignaggi scored a ninth-round knockout over Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko to win his current title.

Malignaggi-Cano will be Smoger’s 172nd world title fight.

Two of his most recent high-profile fights featured RING, WBA and WBC super middleweight titleholder Andre Ward and unbeaten super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez.

Ward had already scored third, fourth and final round knockdowns against RING and WBC light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson before Dawson asked Smoger to stop it for a 10th-round knockout.

Smoger similarly stepped in to protect a bloody and battered Jason Escalera for an eighth-round stoppage when Rodriguez was still pummeling him along the ropes.


Below is the full lineup of referees and judges for Saturday night’s title fights.

Danny Garcia versus Erik Morales, for Garcia’s RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight titles

Referee: Benji Esteves
Judges: Max DeLuca, Tom Schreck and Steve Weisfeld

Paulie Malignaggi versus Pablo Cesar Cano, for Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight title

Referee: Steve Smoger
Judges: Tom Miller, John Poturaj & Nelson Vasquez

Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam versus Peter Quillin, for N’Dam N’Jikam’s WBO middleweight title

Referee: Eddie Claudio
Judges: Julie Lederman, John Stewart & Don Trella

Randall Bailey versus Devon Alexander, for Bailey’s IBF welterweight title

Referee: Arthur Mercante
Judges: Don Ackerman, Tony Paolillo & Waleska Roldan


Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank Inc.

Photo by Ed Mullholland, Fightwireimages.com

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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