Jake Paul’s Coach Joins Millions in Mourning Saddening Loss of Boxing Icon Days Before Christmas

The year 2022, would be ending on yet another sad note for boxing. The world of boxing recently woke up to the demise of the veteran referee, Steve Smoger. He was 72. This news comes at a time when the boxing fraternity is still reeling from the passing of another beloved officiator, Mills Lane. With Smoger’s passing leaving a massive void in the world of sports, many notable names took to social media to offer their condolences.

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Smoger was a long-time Atlantic City referee. At the time of his passing of him, he was suffering from an undisclosed illness. Throughout his illustrious career, Smoger has officiated over 1000 fights. Moreover, 200 of these fights were title fights.

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He started his career in the 1970s as the boxing referee and judge for the Police Athletic League.

Smoger then transitioned into refereeing professional bouts in 1984. In 986 he went on to officiate his first world title fight in South Korea. In fact, he has officiated fights in more states and countries than any other referee in boxing history. And he is widely regarded as one of the most well-traveled referees in boxing. Smoger was also inducted into the boxing hall of fame in 2015.

Outside boxing, he was a longtime member of the Air Force National Reserve.

The boxing world mourns Steve Smoger’s passing

The boxing fraternity and fans were deeply affected by Steve Smoger’s passing. Moreover, a lot of notable names offered condolences to the late veteran.

Boxing promoter, Lou DiBella, called Smoger an exemplary boxing referee. And he mentioned that he was a person who loved and lived the sport of boxing. Meanwhile, the editorial consultant for FOX, Mark Ortega, also offered condolences while also reminiscing about the time they worked together.

Similarly, many other notable names also chimed in. And he was sure to attest that the veteran referee will be deeply missed.

In the same vein, boxing analyst Corey Erdman shared a picture with Smoger. Moreover, he looked back at the times he got to work with Smoger.

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Another notable name who offered condolences was Jake Paul‘s coach, BJ Flores. He mentioned that the passing of the legendary referee was a major blow to boxing.

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