An accomplished referee and judge residing in Glastonbury,CT, Flaherty has worked many notable bouts involving the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Vernon Forest, Canelo Alvarez, Marvin Hagler, Mickey Ward and Sugar Ray Leonard.
In 1967 Dick started refereeing amateurs for the AAU (now USA Boxing) and in 1968 was licensed as a professional referee. Since then Dick has refereed many top fighters in New England and the world, as well as present contenders and former and present world champions.
For the past 22 years, Dick has refereed and judged on the world championship level. He has worked bouts in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and numerous cities throughout the United States. Here in Connecticut he has worked many shows for Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods and the State of Connecticut Boxing Commission. In 1998 he was appointed Chief of Officials at Mohegan Sun, a position he still holds.
One of Flaherty’s most memorable bouts was working as a judge for the legendary first fight between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in May of 2002. The bout was voted Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Dick had Ward winning 94-93. Ward won a split decision.