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.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be honored as Male Fighter of The Year by the Nevada Hall of Fame on Saturday, where the first inductees wil include Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as trainers Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach.
Former two-time light heavyweight champ and cruiserweight titleholder Virgil Hill, a Class of 2013 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, was as awestruck by the great boxers assembled at this past weekend’s induction festivities in Canastota, N.Y., as the many fans who attended.
The horrific events surrounding Mike Tyson’s rematch with Evander Holyfield, whose ear was nearly bitten off by his rival, are recounted in The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night that Change Boxing Forever.
Former RING middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins recounts his experiences at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.