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Canelo-Golovkin: Nevada Commission Approves Judges, Referee

By Keith Idec

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the officials for the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight at its meeting Monday morning in Las Vegas.

The NSAC approved Nevada’s Adalaide 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 between Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) and Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs).

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. Those concerns stem from Alvarez winning at least one controversial decision there – 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 – since-suspended C.J. Ross – in his one-sided, majority decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013.

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Moretti scored the Alvarez-Lara fight 115-113 for Alvarez at MGM Grand Garden Arena. 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 (49-46) and Glenn Feldman (48-47) had Alvarez in front through five rounds.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 09-18-2017

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;18036257]Kenny Bayless is the best in the business.[/QUOTE] The fact that no one mentioned him during and after the fight, shows he had a great time in there. He kept telling them to watch the "heads" etc He let them…

Comment by OmarRueben on 09-18-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18060683]Really? So then why are all the money makers not white??[/QUOTE] son, a few entertainers and athletes make some great money but the rest of the mix is dirt poor and broke or scraping by or mooching off welfare. The…

Comment by j.razor on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=REYESdelBOXEO;18039996]Good prediction. With a victory over GGG I and many others rank SAUL CANELO ALVAREZ #1P4P KING & Andre Ward #2. I'm a Andre Ward fan also, I think he's a great fighter & a great ambassador for the sport.…

Comment by j.razor on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=OmarRueben;18038825]Boxing needs the white fan base to survive in the USA.[/QUOTE] Really? So then why are all the money makers not white??

Comment by Diego Rodriguez on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;18038520]Byrd and Moretti already raise suspicion in my eyes. Moretti has got to be one of the most corrupt/incompetent along with Clements. If this fight goes the distance I see a controversial decision.[/QUOTE] You nailed it!!

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