Steve Smoger, Internationally renowned most active boxing referee from US will venture to St Maarten to run a Referee and Judges clinics prior professional boxing fight night this Saturday in Philipsburg.
Steve Smoger is an East Coast’s famous American boxing referee, Atlantic City Municipal Court Judge as well as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
Steve Smoger has refereed up to 195 boxing world championship bouts, along with being an official head judge during the three seasons of Bigger’s Better boxing tournaments live on Eurosport.
This will be Smoger’s second travel to Paradise Island. He has made several quotations regarding the trip and boxing situation in Caribbean, Fightnews.com reports.
‘I feel blessed to be able to give back to the sport of boxing by doing clinics at the beautiful island of St Maarten.’
‘The first time I was down there, Bobby Ottley asked me to do a clinic for the referees. I was very happy to do that. This time I am going to spend one day with the referees and one day with the judges. I try in my seminars to tell the younger referees not to be fooled by the shoe shine. If there is a series of unanswered punches, did they land? Is the receiving fighter able to defend himself?’
‘There is a very fine core of young referees. The only problem they have is the transition from amateur to professional referees. They are very active in the Caribbean and inter island amateur tournaments. They just haven’t had access to professional game and as you know, there are several big differences. The only island with a true group of professional fighters is St Thomas in the Virgin Islands with the Jackson brothers and Samuel Rogers. The young referees showed a lot of promise in our first card in March. The only flaw was too many stoppages for warnings. It stops the flow of the fighters and the fight itself. My goal this time is to teach the referees to let the fight flow and only intervene when they have to.’
‘St Maarten is a really nice place for boxing. It is very beautiful and the people know their stuff and are very supportive. I truly enjoy my time on the island and I hope everyone that comes down will have the same experience.’