Internationally renowned referee Steve Smoger is one of the first inductees into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) class of 2017.
On Monday, November 28 the ACBHOF announced the first 24 members into its class of 2017. Inductees selected by the esteemed committee are named in six categories. The first annual inaugural induction is held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28 at The Claridge hotel. Atlantic City, New Jersey is once one of the busiest boxing cities in the United States.
The fighters inductees are Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Leavander Johnson, Mike Rossman, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Michael Spinks and Larry Holmes. The trainer/cutman category includes Lou Duva, Mike Hall Sr. and Bill Johnson.
Don King, Frank Gelb, Don Elbaum and Russell Peltz are being inducted in the category promoter, manager, advisor, matchmaker and ring announcer.
Inductees Larry Hazzard Sr., Steve Smoger, and Dr. Frank Dougett are in the commission judges, doctors, and referees category.
Media inductees are Bert Sugar, Dave Bontempo, and Jack Obermayer. Special contributors inductees are Ken Cordon, Bob Lee, and Dennis Gomes.
“This is an excellent class of inductees each-and-every one of these individuals are well deserved and have done remarkable things to help Atlantic City be recognized as a top boxing destination,” said Ray McCline, the president and founder of the established in 2014 Atlantic City Hall of Fame.
“This is the vein that carries the life blood of boxing which pumps into the hearts of millions around the world,” said Rodrick Green, the vice president strategy and business development for ACBHOF. “We have our fingers on the pulse of this vein and that energy will be uncapped during the First Annual Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend.”
“Having been a part of boxing in Atlantic City throughout my broadcasting career as well as being in the corner with my brother George; the idea to preserve Atlantic City’s boxing legacy is long overdue,” said Roy Foreman, the senior vice-president of ACBHOF. “The Hall of Fame will play a key role in bringing the sport back to prominence in a city that is known as one of the original meccas for the sport of boxing.”
Steve Smoger is in boxing since early 1970’s.
He started his career as a timekeeper, judge and referee for the Police Athletic League. With Atlantic City experiencing a professional boxing boom, from 1978 to 1983 Smoger kept a busy pace as a New Jersey inspector. The following year he began his career as a professional referee. Two years later he officiated his first world title bout, an IBF flyweight championship in South Korea.
“For me personally, it’s a great honor. I began my refereeing career in Atlantic City in the early 1980’s,” Smoger told fightmag.com
“At that time, Atlantic City was the center of the professional boxing world. I had the benefit to work and learn from the very best boxing officials in the world.”
“Officiating in Atlantic City provided me the opportunity to hone my skills in the ring. Atlantic City was my home base and from there I was fortunate to be able to officiate the great sport of professional boxing around the World.”
Steve Smoger is one of the most respected and in-demand boxing referees in the world. He is an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) class of 2015. In addition, in November 2014 Smoger is a qualified kickboxing referee. Next March he officiates the WKN world cup in Iran.