Hopkins-Murat will be refereed by Steve Smoger, whose track record is one of allowing bouts to be contested to their violent conclusion, meaning that the fighters’ fists or their corners usually stop bouts that do not last through to the decision.

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In September of 2001, for example, Smoger worked the 12th-round knockout victory over Felix Trinidad by Bernard Hopkins, whose triumph added Trinidad’s WBA belt to the WBC and IBF crowns Hopkins already owned.

Hopkins had landed a tremendous right to the head that sent Trinidad reeling backward and to the canvas, after which Trinidad struggled up at the count of 9 before Trinidad’s father and trainer, Don Felix, climbed into the ring and stopped the fight.