The top ten referees throughout boxing history.

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  1. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    The top ten referees throughout boxing history. Could someone like Arthur Mercante Sr top the list? or someone like the legendary Ruby Goldstein, and why?
     
  2. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti A Being of Inexplicable Inclinations Full Member

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    Not a clue, you'd surely have to include George Siler.

    I wouldn't include Goldstein for the fact his tendancy to stop fights late got someone killed.
     
  3. Johnny_B

    Johnny_B Active Member Full Member

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    That's what makes him great. Let boxers box I say.
     
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  4. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Harry Gibbs from our side of the pond would have to be up there.
    He had a great authority about him.
     
  5. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I totally agree, I always thought of Harry Gibbs as one of the best referees.
     
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  6. ecto55

    ecto55 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Eugene Corri needs to be added into the discussion from last century - 2 to 3,000 bouts refereed from memory, mostly in the UK / Europe.

    From Australia, the magnificent Joe Wallis should rate highly also, referee'd about 5 to 6,000 bouts over forty odd years including through the Depression and Australia's boxing golden age - Wallis was also an exceptional human being and a real diamond of a man.
     
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  7. ecto55

    ecto55 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Agreed. Although he was cleared or absolved of guilt re. Paret, a good referee doesn't let what happened happen - so as a matter of principal he has to be demoted.

    That said, I do like referee's who let the fighters fight their fight and let fights go to their natural conclusion...but its a tough balance with so many overmatches happening.

    Recently, I liked young Mitch Halpeirn, I thought that for a modern era referee he was good; better than Mills who was a sook and Steele who was too excitable and would get caught up in the moment / event.
     
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  8. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He was a disgrace in the first Patterson v Johansson fight.
    After the first knockdown which was very heavy Floyd got up didn’t know where he was and walked away with his back to Ingo.
    The fight should have been stopped there and then, but instead he lets Ingo come round the side of Floyd and hit him with a huge left hook and a right on the back of the head, which floored Floyd again. Once again there was an opportunity to stop it but he let the slaughter continue.
    Patterson could have been very badly hurt in that fight.
     
  9. Mendoza

    Mendoza Hrgovic = Next Heavyweight champion of the world. Full Member

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    Mills Lane was a good one..

    The referee in boxing is very important. He has the power of the count, to enforce or ignore rules, to take point, or DQ someone. He has to have the command of the fighters when needed. The hardest part is perhaps when to call a stoppage.

    Lane to me was a very constant, no nonsense type of guy.

    Steve Smoger is another good one.

    A boxing referee can make over $250,000 a year, but only a few top this amount.

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    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Mercante Sr., Harry Gibbs, Mills Lane, **** Young, Arthur Donovan and perhaps John Thomas. Its actually hard to find a ref that had no controversy attached to him.
     
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    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Ruby Goldstein's existence is a stain on the sport's history.
     
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    ecto55 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Has anyone else seen the newer referee who keeps smiling all the time - he's a short African American guy, I think in the Atlantic City commission? I know its my own fault but he's very distracting - I pay attention to him to catch him grinning - he's a real character.
     
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    Definitely not Jersey Joe Walcott
     
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    I like Pedilla, Benjy Esteves, Reiss,... People never name the active or more recent times refs. Some of them do a fine job.
     
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    The very man I was going to mention Cecil. Scrupulously fair. I would also put a word in for Wolverhampton's hugely under rated John Coyle.
     
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