Smoger Explains Why He Let Lebedev Crack Roy Jones

By Ruslan Chikov

Referee Steve Smoger has fallen under fire over his delayed reaction to stop the fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Denis Lebedev On Saturday night at the Dynamo Arena in Moscow, Russia, Lebedev baldy hurt Jones with a combination in the final minute of the tenth and final round. Jones was seemingly out on his feet and slumped forward with hands down to  his waist, but Smoger allowed the action to continue, and then Lebedev landed a crushing hook which sent Jones crashing to the canvas on his face and unconscious.

Smoger tells Alexander Pavlov that Jones was playing possum several times in the contest and when Lebedev would attempt to finish him off, Jones would strike him with punches and then play to the crowd. When Lebedev badly hurt Jones, Smoger was not sure if Jones as pulling another stunt by pretending to be hurt.

"I didn't stop the fight because there were only a matter of seconds remaining in the fight and it seemed that Roy was pretending, trying to trick his opponent," said Smoger. "He did this repeatedly in the fight. So I thought Jones was doing the same thing here, trying to deceive Lebedev in the final seconds of the fight in order to lure Denis in to land a big punch [which Jones managed to do in the previous round]."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PRINCE O' PROSE on 06-14-2011

[QUOTE=daggum;10586695]roy's been playing possum for the last 6 years. any day now he's gonna snap out of it and start dominating.[/QUOTE] :lol1: :lol1:

Comment by kedashy on 05-24-2011

I read that roy said if he d0n,t win this one then he,s finish....wooo... It,s about time... Goodbye roy... Enjoy commentating and be happy....

Comment by LeadUppercut on 05-24-2011

[QUOTE=#1Assassin;10589346]no, lebedevs right hook-right uppercut combination did that to roy. i agree jones had no buisness being in the ring with lebedev in the first place but that doesnt mean the ref doesnt need to bother to do his job.…

Comment by tlarry on 05-23-2011

I LOVE seeing Roy Jones, JR get knocked out in devastating fashion! Only Floyd Mayweather would I enjoy seeing dismantled more, now that I think about it! And like Roy, Floyd's day is coming; all they need to do is…

Comment by lebrick on 05-23-2011

[QUOTE=Rocky Rode;10586353]I'd love to know why he didn't grab RJJ like he's supposed to. He just let Roy fall face first onto the canvas... The stoppage I don't have a problem with, but I think he caused unnecessary damage to…

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