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Steve Smoger

Steve Smoger ‘Double S’ is a worlds renowned referee of the highest level.

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Steve was born in Norfolk, VA and reared in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He graduated from Atlantic City High School, obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and was awarded his Juris Doctor from the National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

In 1980, Steve was appointed the first full time City Prosecutor in the history of Atlantic City, N.J. He served in that position until his appointment to the Atlantic County Municipal Court Bench in 1992. Steve served as an Atlantic County Municipal Court Judge for ten years in five Cities.

In 2002, Steve accepted the position of City Solicitor of the City of Atlantic City and maintained that position until he entered the private practice of law in 2005.

Steve served his Country as a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard and the United States Air Force Reserve, Headquarters, Washington D.C.

Steve held the position of Staff Judge Advocate and obtained the rank of Colonel until his military retirement in 2005 after 30 years of honorable service.

Steve was first licensed as a Professional Boxing Referee on September 23, 1982, in New Jersey by then Commissioner Jersey Joe Walcott on the 30th Anniversary of Jersey Joe’s epic battle with Rocky Marciano for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the World which occurred in the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia, PA.

Steve has refereed 195 World Title fights both nationally and internationally. He has had the privilege of officiating the finest professional boxers of the modern era – Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, John Ruiz, Tim Witherspoon, Roberto Duran, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Roy Jones, Jr., James Toney, Mike McCallum, Vinny Pazienza, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Marcos Maidana, Felix “Tito” Trinidad, Micky Ward, Arturo Gatti, Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Vernon Forrest, Diego Corrales, Kelly Pavlik, Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovolev, Lucia Riker, Christy Martin and a host of Philadelphia fighters including Gabe Rosado and current World Champions, Bernard Hopkins and Danny Garcia.

As noted by RING Magazine, Steve holds the distinction of officiating in more States and Countries than any other professional Boxing Referee in the history of the “Sweet Science”.

In 2001, Steve was designated the World’s Best Professional Boxing Referee by the “Bible of Professional Boxing” – RING Magazine. In 2010, he was recognized by the World Boxing Association as Referee of the Year. In 2013, Steve was honored by the International Boxing Association as Referee of the Year.

Steve is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame – Class of 1997 and a member of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame – Class of 2013.

On May 26, 2014, Steve was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame joining International Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter J. Russell Peltz. On
September 7, 2014, Steve received the prestigious ARTHUR MERCANTE AWARD as the Best Referee in Professional Boxing .

Since 2011 Steve Smoger has assisted all of the Bigger’s Better events Live on Eurosport, being the main referee with his debut appearance at the seventh edition promoted in Lithuania.

In 2014 Steve Smoger is recognized by the World Kickboxing Network (WKN) as the official of the highest level to referee kickboxing matches.

 

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