From his first refereeing assignment in his home state of New Jersey in 1979 to the present, Steve Smoger has worked fight cards in 36 countries and territories, as well as 26 states in the U.S. The fan-favorite referee, who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend, is grateful for the world-travel experience as he closes in on 1,000 bouts worked.
Fans from around the world share their unbridled enthusiasm for tomorrow’s anticipated showdown between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov, as well as thoughts on Leo Santa Cruz, the PBC, some really good mythical matchups and other subjects, in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
Veteran boxing scribe Joe Santoliquito says the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is one of those rare generational occurrences featuring two boxers that have grabbed the general public’s imagination. With this in mind, the president of the Boxing Writers Assoc. of America takes an unscientific look at the 10 biggest mega-fights in history, based on their event appeal.
RingTV.com’s resident Travelin’ Man, Lee Groves makes his annual jaunt to Canastota, New York for a milestone in the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s history: its 25th anniversary. As usual, Lee brings us along for the trip, this time, in a three-part journal.
Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe all made a point to profusely thank their fathers for putting them on the path that led to their inductions to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday and official certification as boxing legends.
If Miguel Cotto defeats Sergio Martinez he will equal the feats of Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran who were also former welterweight stars that won the middleweight title, however, many hall of famers and even great fighters were unable to do it.
With Hall of Fame weekend upon us, boxing’s greats aren’t just excited about Saturday night’s middleweight championship bout between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto; they have their opinions on who will emerge victorious.
According to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia, former three-division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad is broke and seeking court-mandated relief on his personal debt after finding out that his top aide, Jose “Pepe” Ramos, squandered over $63 million on now-worthless government bonds.
Their 175-pound unification bout is not until April 19, but IBF beltholder Bernard Hopkins already claims to have begun to control WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov as if having placed him under a spell.
Fox Deportes will air classic Golden Boy Promotions fights involving Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trindad, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, among others on Dec. 23 and Dec. 29.
IBF light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins is scheduled to be a guest on Wednesday’s episode of The Arsenio Hall Show.
IBF light heavyweight beltholder Bernard Hopkins says he hopes to unify the all of the major titles in the 175-pound divison prior to his 50th birthday.