Canelo-Kovalev Officials Decided

On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided who will be the officials for the November 2nd light heavyweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev.

For the third man in the ring for the fight inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Executive Director Bob Bennet put forth Russell Mora, who was approved by the commission during their monthly meeting, instead of the potential of Tony Weeks, who officiated Kovalev’s stoppage loss against Andre Ward.

Weeks, who was in the pool of officials for the WBO light heavyweight title fight, was argued against by Kovalev’s team due to the issues from the Ward fight, which included a controversial stoppage and three questionable body blows landed by Ward before Weeks called the fight.

Robert Byrd, Vic Drakulich, Jay Nady and Weeks joined Mora in the pool, who previously refereed Alvarez in 2009 when he knocked out Jeferson Goncalo in the ninth-round.

Julie Lederman of New York, Dave Moretti of Nevada, and Don Trella of Connecticut will act as the judges, chosen out of a field that included Nevada judges Tim Cheatham, Eric Cheek, Lisa Giampa, Patricia Morse Jarman and Glenn Trowbridge, Connecticut’s Glenn Feldman and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld.

Moretti has judged eight of Alvarez’s last nine fights in Las Vegas, including both of his fights with Gennady Golovkin.

Trella judged the first Canelo-GGG encounter in 2017, where he judged it a 114-114 draw, while Moretti was the only judge who gave it to Golovkin 115-113. The fight’s third judge Adalaide Byrd scored it a controversial 118-110 victory for Alvarez.

Report: Boxing Scene

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