Kenny Bayless To Ref Canelo/GGG
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the officials for the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight at its meeting Monday morning in Las Vegas.
Nevada’s regulatory body for fight sports approved Nevada’s Adalaide Byrd (wife of boxing official Robert Byrd), Nevada’s Dave Moretti and Connecticut’s Don Trella as the judges for the 12-round fight for Golovkin’s IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight titles Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. The NSAC also assigned Nevada veteran Kenny Bayless as the referee for this HBO Pay-Per-View main event broadcasting on Mexican Independence Day.
There is concern among some factions of boxing fans and media that if this high-profile fight goes the distance, Golovkin will have a difficult time winning a decision over Alvarez in Las Vegas, due to Alvarez having most of his fights in the city. Those concerns stem from Alvarez winning at least one controversial decision, first a 12-round, split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara in July 2014 and the unfortunate fact that he was awarded a draw by one judge C.J. Ross (who would later be suspended by the commission) when he lost by majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013.
Moretti judged the Alvarez-Lara fight 115-113 for Alvarez, while Levi Martinez scored that bout 117-111 for Alvarez, but Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Cuba’s Lara.
Ten months earlier, Moretti scored Mayweather a 116-112 winner against Alvarez in their 12-round junior middleweight match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. In November 2015, Moretti credited Alvarez with an extremely wide 119-109 win against Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in their 12-round WBC middleweight title fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Byrd and Moretti most recently scored Alvarez’s dominant 12-round victory over Mexican rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by the same score, 120-108, on May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Byrd previously scored the first five rounds of Alvarez’s sixth-round knockout against England’s Amir Khan by the score of 48-47 in favor of Khan. She was the only judge that had Khan ahead of Alvarez before the knockout, as Glenn Trowbridge and Glenn Feldman had Alvarez in front through five rounds.
Original Story: Boxing Scene.