When Steve Smoger is assigned to be the ref in a boxing match, it almost always seems like the fight will turn out to be a classic.
Smoger's method of officiating may be criticized by some, but he always gives fighters the benefit of the doubt and gives them every possible chance to come back.
For instance, take the recent throwback-style battle between Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez. Wolak's eye was grotesquely swollen, despite the fact that he was giving as good as he was getting that night.
A less-experienced or different referee probably would've stopped the fight and awarded the TKO victory to Rodriguez, but Smoger saw that it was a back and forth brawl, and in this specific set of circumstances, he adapted his refereeing and allowed Wolak to continue.
The fight turned out to be one of the best of 2011 and ended in a draw, and the two fighters will score solid paydays in a couple of months when they fight on HBO on the undercard of Cotto-Margarito.
Had a lesser official been in the ring for their first fight, this would've likely never happened.
In probably the best example I can think of, lets examine the 2007 middleweight title fight between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor.
In the second round, Taylor floored Pavlik with a series of hard shots. Pavlik was all over the place and the fight could've easily been halted, but Smoger allowed Pavlik to stay in the fight because he realized Taylor would punch himself out once Pavlik survived his initial onslaught.
Pavlik went on to score a memorable seventh round knockout in one of the best fight's I've seen live in quite a while.
Steve Smoger is consistently one of the best refs out there and has been for a while now. Unfortunately, he is a court judge in New Jersey so he rarely strays outside of the state to referee fights. Therefore, we won't get to see him officiate in any of the big fights in Las Vegas any time soon.