Steve Smoger in Charge of Santos-Martz Rematch

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IBHOF Referee Steve Smoger is the third man in the ring when Alexis Santos and Daniel Martz square the differences in their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday April 9 in Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire, USA.

In their original encounter back in 2014 in Boston, MA, USA Martz has taken the third round TKO victory. Santos reportedly sprained his ankle in the middle of the first round and was practically fighting on one leg until the end of the 3rd. His corner stopped the contest, nevertheless Santos wanted to continue. The ending automatically proclaimed an ‘upset’, with the guest defeating 13-fight unbeaten home-crowd favorite.

Since, in 2015 Santos has taken two TKO victories over Arthur Saribekian and Aaron Kinch. Martz stopped James Phipps and twice Rubin Williams, as well as faced the defeats from Grover Young and Joseph Parker in his latest bout.

The necessity for both to prove wrong evidently sees Santos’s desire take a revenge, and Martz’s need to get back on the winning track from last December TKO loss to Parker.

The Alexis Santos (15-1-0) vs Daniel Martz (14-3-1) heavyweight bout is scheduled on April 9, 2016 in Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire, USA. The man in charge inside the ring will International Boxing Hall of Fame Referee (Class 2015) Mr Steve ‘Double S’ Smoger.

United States Federal and State Professional Boxing Rules & Regulations prohibit an Official from commenting on a boxing match that they are assigned to. Therefore, on our request, Steve Smoger could not make any statements about the bout itself. However he has kindly shared his expectation from the up-coming night.

“I’m looking forward to refereeing the fight and that it is always a pleasure to work in the great state of New Hampshire, USA under the excellent leadership of Boxing Commissioner Bobby Stephen and Deputy Commissioner Art Nolen.”

“An interesting and rare aspect of this event is that there are two International Boxing Hall of Fame members involved in this fight program. Hall of Fame Matchmaker Russell Peltz of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and Yours Truly.”

“This event is on the same night as the Paquiao vs Bradley III in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA,”

“At the conclusion of the ‘live’ fight show in New Hampshire, Pacquiao vs Bradley will be shown on several large closed circuit television screens at Rockingham Park,”

“April 9 should be a great night of pro boxing in the USA!”

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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