By Keith Idec
The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved three consistent, veteran judges Wednesday to score the Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs fight.
The NSAC unanimously voted at its monthly meeting in Las Vegas in favor of executive director Bob Bennett’s recommendations to assign Connecticut’s Glenn Feldman, Nevada’s Dave Moretti and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld as the judges for the Alvarez-Jacobs bout May 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Veteran Nevada referee Tony Weeks was approved Wednesday to officiate Alvarez-Jacobs as well.
Feldman, Moretti and Weisfeld also were the judges for the Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch last September.
Moretti and Weisfeld both scored Alvarez a 115-113 winner over Golovkin in their middleweight championship rematch seven months ago. Feldman scored that fight a draw (114-114).
Mexico’s Alvarez won that 12-round bout by majority decision September 15 at T-Mobile Arena.
Moretti also scored Alvarez a 115-113 loser to Golovkin in their first fight in September 2017 at T-Mobile Arena. That 12-round bout resulted in a widely disputed split draw.
Nevada’s Adalaide Byrd strangely scored that fight 118-110 for Alvarez, whom she credited with winning 10 of 12 rounds. The third judge that night, Connecticut’s Don Trella, scored it even (114-114).
As BoxingScene.com first reported last week, Jacobs’ team vehemently objected to Adalaide Byrd’s inclusion in the pool of available judges submitted to both camps by Bennett. Jacobs’ team also expressed opposition to Trella working his middleweight title unification fight against Alvarez.
Bennett did not submit Adalaide Byrd’s name Wednesday among the list of judges from which he made his recommendations. In addition to Feldman, Moretti and Weisfeld, Bennett chose from a group that also included Nevada judges Tim Cheatham, Eric Cheek, Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse Jarman and Glenn Trowbridge, California’s Max DeLuca, New York’s John McKaie and Trella.
Bennett recommended Weeks from a group of Nevada referees that also included Kenny Bayless, Robert Byrd (Adalaide Byrd’s husband), Vic Drakulich, Russell Mora and Jay Nady.
DAZN will stream the 12-round bout between the 28-year-old Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) and the 32-year-old Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) a week from Saturday night. They’ll fight for Alvarez’s WBA and WBC middleweight titles and Jacobs’ IBF 160-pound championship.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.