Kenny Bayless talks about his induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame
Mar 25 2014 11:21 PM
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Al Bernstein talks to Referee Kenny Bayless about his induction to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame and about his career and the demands involved in being a boxing referee.

Kenny was appointed as a professional referee in 1991, and in 1994, officiated his first world title fight. He has been third man in the ring for thousands of bouts and over 100 title fights. He has refereed around the world–Japan, Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, China, Switzerland and Mexico as well as the U.S.

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Skibbz says:

Congratulations to Kenny on his induction, he has done a great service to the sport and no doubt will continue to do one for as long as he is a referee. His style of refereeing is just how it should be and I'm glad that he's gained real recognition for is efforts. His eye's are always watching the fighters, he gives the fighters their chance and is ready to enforce the law whenever it is needed. Wish him the best for the rest of his career.

The Commish says:

As a guy who studies referees and all the nuancesof refereeing, I told peoplefrom the moment he started that Kenny Bayless was going to be a good referee.

I was wrong. Bayless is not good.

He's great!

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;48303]As a guy who studies referees and all the nuancesof refereeing, I told peoplefrom the moment he started that Kenny Bayless was going to be a good referee.

I was wrong. Bayless is not good.

He's great!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

I bet it's much harder than it looks! What makes him great, in your view?

I like the way Steve Smoger interacts with the fighters. I became a fan the first time I saw him, which was in Copenhagen for Mike Tyson's fight with local slob Brian Nielsen.

It was the rare Tyson fight during that stage of his career that had no controversy. Smoger appeared to have lots to do with that even though Brian the obese boxer did his best to frustrate Iron Mike.

I never dug Mills Lane, though. Seemed like a dictator and a tyrant seduced by his own authority. Perhaps sentencing people in the courtroom wasn't enough.

Should've sentenced Evan Fields a time or two!

The Commish says:

Give me a referee who moves…stays in the “Open CDoor” and is ready to jump between the fighters when he has to, but allows them to work in close.

Steve Smoger? I am not afan of his overall body of work (he has allowed several fights to go on too long) or the political games he plays outside of the arena. I know he'll see this. I know he won't like it. I truly don't care.

Back to Kenny Bayless. He belongs in the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. He'll be heading to Canastota, NY, one day, too.

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;48396]Give me a referee who moves…stays in the “Open CDoor” and is ready to jump between the fighters when he has to, but allows them to work in close.

Steve Smoger? I am not afan of his overall body of work (he has allowed several fights to go on too long) or the political games he plays outside of the arena. I know he'll see this. I know he won't like it. I truly don't care.

Back to Kenny Bayless. He belongs in the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. He'll be heading to Canastota, NY, one day, too.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Ah, yes, great point. “Work out, fellas, work out!”

Hmmm, political games? What does he do?

He did let Roy take one to make his head go like one of those toy men with loose hanging heads.