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.
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.