GGG: No Issues With Judges For Canelo-GGG 2
If September 15th goes the same way their first showdown did, Gennady Golovkin and his team feel the scoring will be better than when he first fought Canelo Alvarez in 2017.
The middleweight champion’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, said as much on Sunday prior to an open workout at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Nevada’s Dave Moretti, will be the only judge from their controversial 2017 draw to return to ringside. In the first fight between Golovkin and Alvarez, Moretti scored it a 115-113 win for Golovkin, while Don Trella scored the fight an even 114-144, and Adalaide Byrd would incite controversy by scoring the fight 118-110 for Alvarez.
Connecticut’s Glenn Feldman and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld will join Moretti at ringside September 15 at T-Mobile Arena.
“There’s no issues from the Triple-G side with the judges,” Loeffler said Sunday before Golovkin and Alvarez participated in open workouts in Los Angeles.
“Dave Moretti, from Nevada, Steve Weisfeld and Glenn Feldman. They seem qualified to be the judges. And the referee is Benjy Esteves. There’s no controversy from our side. The main thing with the officials is we want to make sure the focus is on the fight and the fighters in the ring, not on the officials outside the ring.”
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director, Bob Bennett, was hoping to assign Tony Weeks as the referee for the highly anticipated rematch, but that was halted by Loeffler, due to issues GGG’s trainer Abel Sanchez has with the official.
One option that both sides agreed on was, Robert Byrd, but NSAC chairman Anthony A. Marnell and Bennett agreed that it would be unfair to have him as the ref, due to the controversy brought by his wife, Adalaide.
“Unfortunately, [referee] Kenny Bayless wasn’t available,” Loeffler said. “We thought he did a fine job the first time around. He wasn’t available for the rematch. … The Golden Boy side and the Triple-G side were both fine with Benjy Esteves and the commission agreed to appoint him as the referee.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene