Steve Smoger travels to Iran to officiate the WKN kickboxing world cup 2017 that is held on Friday, March 10 in Tehran.
Steve Smoger is the man who needs no introduction. Indeed, eminent official from Atlantic City, NJ is a real celebrity made-in boxing. To date he refereed around 200 world title bouts across the Globe. The culmination of his career is the 2015 induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) on the first ballot.
Smoger travels the world being the most demanded boxing referee. Since 1986 he also appears in variety of TV shows on numerous networks. From Top Rank Boxing on ESPN to Fight Night on NBC, just to name a couple. Last year he took part in the documentary dedicated to Muhammad Ali. Smoger is also a referee of the Bigger’s Better series on Eurosport. The one he says “played a significant role” in his induction into the IBHOF.
Early 2014 Smoger obtained a required training to be appointed as the referee in kickboxing. He then received an official qualification from the World Kickboxing Network. On November 14 he was in charge at the Girl Power 8 woman tournament in Latvia.
“WKN president and our dear friend, Stephane Cabrera, suggested several years ago that I cross train into the skill set necessary to referee world class kickboxing events,” says Smoger.
“Stephane and Bigger’s Better Boxing President, Jean-Christophe Courreges, then assigned me to officiate the ‘Girl Power’ kickboxing series.”
“Those events were a big success and my career officiating kickboxing was successfully underway.”
On Friday, March 10, 2017 Steve Smoger officiates a historic event in Tehran, Iran.
In very deed, the WKN kickboxing world cup 2017 is a unique happening, that the country has never seen before. Over 15 nations are on the list to be a part of the international sports fiesta. The championship is a double Grand Prix in two different weight classes.
“Stephane [Cabrera] is truly a man of his word,” says Smoger.
“He told me to stay ready and that he would assign me to a major WKN event in the very near future.”
“Now I’m scheduled in Iran in March, 2017!”
“I have never had the opportunity to visit or officiate in Iran. However, I have officiated several professional boxing events in Dubai, UAE.”
“Many of the participants involved in the boxing programs were from Iran, including Prince Amir. He is a former world champion bodybuilder, who was the co-promoter of the boxing events. He is also the owner of the most popular Fitness Center & Boxing Gym in Dubai.
“The Iranian fighters were well conditioned and very competitive. It was a pleasure to work with them.”
“I look forward to a similar experience in Iran. I know it will be very new and exciting!”