Louis Moret started out as a referee for baseball and football games when he was a high school student in East Los Angeles. Later, Mr. Moret — now the vice president of the board of commissioners of the $12.8 billion Los Angeles Fire & Police Pension System — went pro to help supplement his income.
"I was in the Army at 17, married at 21 and had a child at 22. At age 25, I went back to school, earning a bachelor's, a master's and a Ph.D.," he said. "To make ends meet, I did baseball and football."
Mr. Moret still moonlights as a referee for professional boxing matches, officiating at the 2000 Oscar De La Hoya-Shane Mosely fight in Los Angeles. On June 21, Mr. Moret officiated for the Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko fight for the heavy weight title, at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
"You have to have a thick skin and be pretty decisive," he said.
Mr. Moret stopped refereeing professional baseball just before going to Washington in 1979 as the first director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and in the U.S. Department of Energy. In 1984, he returned to Los Angeles to serve on the city's Public Works Commission and stopped refereeing football games to concentrate on boxing.
He has traveled all over the world to referee boxing matches, but these days, Mr. Moret said he only travels out of state three or four times a year. "It's truly a hobby."