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Referee Tony Weeks returns to boxing roots of Phoenix

Veteran Nevada Athletic Commission referee, Tony Weeks returned to his roots of Phoenix last night to officiate a few bouts at the Celebrity Theater for "Iron Boy XII." The event was presented by Iron Boy Promotions and televised live on Livestream.

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Before the fight, Iron Boy Promotions payed tribute to Weeks by presenting him with an award for his contribution to the sport of boxing. Weeks began his career with the Arizona Boxing Commission before joining the Nevada Athletic Commission in the year 2000.

Regarded as one the most respected referee's in all of boxing, Weeks has officiated some of the most exciting bouts of our time. Still, humble to this day, Weeks begins each bout with a prayer in a corner of the ring.

Weeks thanked the crowd, including the late trainer, Beto Martinez, former Arizona Boxing Commission Director, John Montano, referee's Bobby Ferrera as well as the late Al Munoz for his start in boxing.

Since his start as a referee, Weeks has officiated over fifty world title bouts in fifteen countries. One of the most exciting bouts Weeks has officiated would have to be the epic 2005 battle between the late Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo. The fight is considered one the most exciting fights of our time.

The entire fight, Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo exchanged blows, pleasing fans with non stop toe-to toe action. In round ten, Castillo dropped Corrales with a deadly blow, Corrales would get up only to be dropped again by Castillo. With pure grit, Corrales would beat the count and a hit Castillo with a stunning blow that would pin Castillo to the ropes. A relentless series of punches forced Tony weeks to stop the fight, a great call by Weeks, saving Castillo from what could have been serious injury. Both fighters were at the top of their game for this fight, but the pure heart of Corrales made for an exciting fight. It would be one of many fights, and many fights yet to come, that have shaped the career of Tony Weeks.

As a man of many talents, Weeks not only works as a referee in Vegas, he can also sing. He can sing tunes ranging from the blues to country, even songs by the Temptations.

Today, Weeks makes his home in Las Vegas, but he will always be an Arizona fixture. Born in Brooklyn, Weeks moved to Arizona as a young man and worked as a prison guard for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Arizona, and recently retiring from a facility in California.

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