Judges, Referee Named For Canelo-GGG 2
Following one of the most controversial judging performances in recent memory, one of the initial judges of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin’s 2017 draw will return to ringside on September 15th.
On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has assigned Nevada’s Dave Moretti, one of the original judges of the 2017 fight, will join Connecticut’s Glenn Feldman and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld on September 15th as the judges.
Moretti would score the original 2017 fight for Golovkin (115-113), with Moretti giving Golovkin seven of the 12 rounds, while Don Trella would split the fight even at six rounds each. The most controversial score would come from Adalaide Byrd, who would score 10 of the 12 rounds for Canelo Alvarez (118-110)
While Tony Weeks was initially set to be the official for the rematch, an objection from Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, due to Abel Sanchez taking issue with Weeks from a match-up in 2017 where Sanchez took offense to Weeks’ reaction to a question.
Another issue was the way Weeks handled the ending of Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev’s second light heavyweight fight in June 2017, but Alvarez’ team had “no issue whatsoever” with Weeks working the Alvarez-Golovkin rematch.
The referee will now be Benjy Esteves will be the third man in the ring on September 15th, but one possiblity was Robert Byrd, who Loeffler and Gomez agree to have as the referee. NSAC officials would dismiss the idea because it would be unfair to put Byrd in that position after his wife’s controversial 2017 decision in their initial fight.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene