|Boxing Ref Steve “SS”
Smoger Works Bigger’s Better for Euro Sports in Hopes to Bring to USA!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 9, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing. -
World’s traveling boxing referee Steve “SS”
Smoger spends more time working out of the USA than in. He
completed working on every continent when he worked for the IBO in
May at the Melbourne Pavilion, in Victoria, Australia. He is the
most traveled referee in the world and should have been in the IBHOF
years ago. He has worked 12 cards this year including in Bermuda,
Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Lithuania, Australia, Ukraine and
France. The other 6 cards were in the USA with 2 in PA and 1 each in
MO, CT and NJ. He has worked in each month this year and added 3
more world title bouts he’s worked.
Comparing this to 2011 Smoger worked 36
cards. He was in 9 countries including Australia, Portugal,
Lithuania, Argentina, Ukraine, Russia, Uruguay, UAE and Germany. He
also worked 27 cards in USA including NJ (6), OK (2), NY (4), CT (3),
PA (3), MN (1), DE (4) and MO (3). He did 5 world title bouts.
“I am on the beach when I am not in
the ring. It was late August and my cell phone rings”, said
Smoger. “Etienne Smoge? That is French for Steve Smoger”. “If
that is Stevie Smoger it’s me,” said Smoger. “This is JC
Courreges from Paris (now living in Seattle)”. “Have you heard
of Euro Sport?” says JC. “Yes sir it’s the biggest sports
network in Europe,” said Smoger.
“Courreges managed the Tiozzi
brothers from France, Fabrice (48-2, WBA/WBC #175 and WBA Cruiser
champ) and Christophe (33-2, WBA Super Middle champ). He also
managed Henry Akinwande (WBO heavy champ),” said Smoger.
“Bigger’s Better has joined forces
with us to find heavyweight prospects. You know the Klitschko’s
are not getting any younger. It’s our purpose to find successors
to the Klitschko’s in this region of the world. We had a
successful trip to NY and met with the higher hierarchy of MSG. The
rules of the US insist a fighter cannot fight more than one fight in
an evening. We have 3 fights at 3 rounds making it a 9 round
evening. That is why we are concentrating on Europe and we have met
with success. Your name was given to us by Egis Klemes from
Lithuania in Kazakhstan who manages (DeMarcus) “Chop Chop” Corley
(former WBO light welter champ) who defeated several boxers in
Kazakhstan. We also got a recommendation from legendary matchmaker
Don Elbaum. They have a contract with Euro Sport to put on at least
9 tournaments per year,” said Courreges.
“They were pleased with my work in
Vilinius, Lithuania (May 25) and Limassol, Cyprus (July 6) and
invited me back in September to Lisbon, Portugal. It’s fine to see
the blend from the old USSR and what democracy has brought today. I
think I’m the first American to officiate in Lithuania”, said
On August 24th in Mazagan
Beach Resort El Jadida, Morocco there will be another 8 man
tournament called Bigger’s Better 14. The following are the
scheduled fighters: Adil Atmari of Morocco; Adjit Kabayel of
Turkey/Germany; Yassin Bouanan of Belgium; Mateusz Malujda of Poland;
Lucian Bot of Romania; Marcel Gotshalk of Germany; Fabrice Aurieng of
France and Milan Dasic of Serbia. You can go to www.biggersbetterboxing.com to check out the background and experience of each fighter.
Courreges spent 1984-1992 in FR and the
USA since then becoming an American citizen. This idea of 3 round
tournaments with 8 boxers performing in one night is not allowed in
the USA at this time. The UK’s Prizefighters Tournament is similar
to this type of boxing event. New York’s heavyweight Tor Hammer
in June went to the UK and won their tournament.
“The cultural experience to see a
young country in its 20th year of independence was great.
As we had our fairwell dinner after the show JC and his partners
asked if I would come back. April in Paris was beautiful. My fellow
referee Klaus Hagemann of Hamburg, Germany, does a lot of UFC. We
judge when we are not the referee. In May we were back in Lithuania.
I just got back from Cyprus (July 6th). All the shows
have a combination of MMA and other entertainment and boxing. Show
begins at 8pm with MMA and from 9-11pm is boxing,” said Smoger.
“By the Grace of God I am in my 30th year and if I am called upon for a seminar or as a presenter I go. I
had covered every continent but Australia until last year. I got a
call from Ed Levine the head of the IBO asking if I was available a
week after Thanksgiving in November (30th) in Perth,
Australia. It was summer there and I’m swimming in the Indian
Ocean. I only had to be aware of the sharks. (But that is also to
be aware of in boxing I told Smoger) In between I fly out
Thanksgiving eve and go to DuBai. I got home before my lovely
engagement December 1st and did the Cotto-Margarito fight
in the Garden on the 3rd. I catch the Red Eye back to
DuBai. Then I did Ward-Froch (Dec 17th) in Atlantic City.
In February (10th) I did the Devon Alexander and Marcos
Maidana fight on HBO,” said Smoger.
Smoger could be a key to these types of
tournaments coming here along with Courreges. In the past the Golden
Gloves tournament would have several fights in one day. Then a boxer
in PA died from his ring injuries and they frowned upon it from there
They have had 13 events but no
Americans yet. They created these tournaments 3 years ago. They
have 8 winners and met in Croatia last year. Because 2 Latvian’s
have won so far, Regia, Latvia may be in for the December 21st final. The winner gets 25k and an opportunity to go to Don Turner’s
camp in NC, for training and a possible 2 fights. I’ve notice the
improvement from the UFC, MMA and Thai boxers. The fans can vote in
one loser on a future show. There are no draws but will go an extra
round,” said Smoger.
You can go on line and see former bouts
in Bigger’s Better tournaments and see how competitive the fighters
are. In time some bigger names with bigger rewards will probably
come about. Bringing in fighters with all different backgrounds of
boxing both amateur/professional, kick boxing/Thai Boxing and MMA are
their backgrounds. Bringing in Smoger has brought quality
officiating and direction for these tournaments. Next could be
American participants in order to bring this to the attention of the
American fans. Remember, August 24th in Morocco live on
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