Renowned referee Steve Smoger officiates Sampson Boxing in Uruguay
Steve Smoger / Pic: Bigger's Better Boxing

Internationally renowned boxing referee out of the United States, Steve Smoger visits Uruguay this May.

World-level promoter Sampson Lewkowicz presents the night of professional boxing on May 13 in Punta Del Este. The WBC Latino welterweight championship headlines the gala at Centro de Convenciones. Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo (31-3-2, 21 KOs) of Argentina faces off Oscar Meza (28-7, 23 KOs) of Mexico in the 10-round title clash. The show airs live on VTV network in Uruguay, as well as in Argentina and around the world on TyC Sports.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame referee (class of 2015) Steve Smoger officiates the event. Moreover, the night before the bouts “Double S” conducts the seminar for the officials.

“Sampson Lewkowicz is an outstanding promoter and matchmaker. He wants to bring the best professional boxing to his home country of Uruguay,” Steve Smoger told fightmag.com.au on Tuesday.

“His previous shows in Uruguay produced highly competitive bouts and were sold out. I’m looking forward to conducting the professional boxing officials clinic and officiating the excellent pro fight program.”

The famed referee Smoger has always credited The Sweet Science for making him travel the Globe. Residing in the Atlantic City, NJ he has officiated the championship bouts throughout South American region. The Sampson Boxing gala in Punta Del Este is his third travel to Uruguay.

“I’ve had the pleasure and experience of officiating pro boxing events in South America, including Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Venezuela and Uruguay. South American fight fans are very knowledgeable and passionate about the sport of pro boxing. This will be my third boxing officials clinic and boxing event in the beautiful country of Uruguay.”

Talk the talk, walk the walk

Steve Smoger is looking forward to the upcoming event. The distinguished official aims to continue sharing his knowledge in theory, furthermore demonstrate it in live action inside the boxing ring.

“Previously, the boxing clinics covered the basics in the art of refereeing a pro boxing match. In this clinic, I hope to build upon the information provided in those clinics to include in ring demonstrations with actual boxers and a thorough review of the rules & regulations that govern the sport of professional boxing.”

“The Uruguayan boxing officials are eager to learn and are very enthusiastic. Many are very anxious to move from amateur status to the professional ranks.”

“As a pro boxing official, it’s an exciting experience to conduct a boxing clinic on one day: Talk the Talk. And then actually referee boxing matches the next day: Walk the Walk.”

In addition, the second seminar will be conducted by Hector Bermudez. The world-class trainer will be teaching South American trainers about proper hand-wrapping, cut administration techniques and more.

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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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