So he would hide The Ring under his pillow and sneak a radio to listen to the big fights. He fought briefly as an amateur, switched to training other fighters and then judged some bouts. He's been a referee for 16 years. His biggest fight before Tyson-Golota involved Leyla Ali. Despite his size, he once picked up a disobedient 245-pound heavyweight and carried him to a neutral corner. "Frank oughta get out of the refereein' business," Tyson's old trainer, Teddy Atlas, has said, "and get a job playin' offensive line for the Detroit Lions."
Garza knows exactly what he's going to tell the fighters in their dressing rooms before the bout. "I'm going to go in like Knute Rockne," he says. "I want to leave these guys crying. I'm going to say, 'Look, I know the importance of this fight to you. If you fight dirty and cheap, your career is over. You're extremely skilled. Go out there and deliver the fight of the century.' " For their work, Tyson will get about $10 million, Golota $1.5 million and Garza $100 to $350, depending on the gate.
Hey, at least that should cover the ambulance.