Roger Yanez worked as a professional boxing referee for approximately five decades, after a short stint in his youth as a professional boxer.

He was born in Morenci, Arizona and raised in Phoenix. In Morenci, a mining town, his father worked as an underground miner during the Great Depression.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years, and in the 161st Air National Guard for 30 years.

Yanez was also a competitive rifle and pistol shooter. He has three children: Melody, Denise and Danny.

He is a fisherman, hunter and a prospector.

The Death of Professional Boxing is his first book.