Feature | Feb 16 2015

EXCLUSIVE Richard Steele discusses the ferocity of Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns, justifies stopping Meldrick Taylor against Julio Cesar Chavez, rates Floyd Mayweather’s greatness and explains why Mike Tyson was so hard to referee

Hall of Fame referee Richard Steele talks to James Slater about some of his memorable nights as the man in the middle

RICHARD STEELE, 71, had a storied career as one of the most high profile referees in the sport. Having worked fights involving huge names such as Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather Jnr, George Foreman and many others, Steele has seen it all.

At times the Las Vegas resident saw criticism come his way – most notably when making the decision to stop the epic and brutal Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor fight, with just two seconds to go in 1990 –  but Steele looks back on his long career with a clear conscience.

Q: Can you still remember the very first time you refereed a professional fight?


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