As a native of the rough-and-tumble Coney
Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jack Reiss learned to fight on the
streets before he ever walked into a boxing gym -- which undoubtedly helped
shape his belief that nobody is qualified to referee at the highest level of The
Sweet Science unless they know how it feels to be punched in the face.
He also thinks a person needs to become a parent before he/she becomes a
ref for a better perspective on the risks of the sport.
Reiss, a veteran of more than 2,000 professional fights, joined us Oct. 4, 2015,
for an extended interview about his life, his career, and the state of the sport
-- which, he believes, has never been healthier.
Don't miss this remarkable conversation with a world championship ref who also
spent 31 years as a firefighter, including a stint at Ground Zero after the 911
tragedy in New York City.
Our interview with Jack Reiss is preceded by analysis by John J. Raspanti and
Rizwaan Zahid of Viktor Postol's surprising KO victory over Lucas Matthysse,
Antonio Orozco's coming-out party against Humberto Soto, and the ever-perplexing
Adrien Broner, who went stone-quiet before his fight with Khabib Allakhverdiev,
turned in one of his best performances in recent years to win a world title in
his fourth weight division, then reverted back to his boorish, tone-deaf self in