UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – There will be at least one familiar face among the officials seated ringside Saturday night for Rolando Romero’s return to Mohegan Sun Arena.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Don Trella is one of the three judges who has been assigned by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation to score Romero’s fight against Avery Sparrow on Saturday night (Showtime; 9 p.m. EST; 6 p.m. PST). Connecticut’s Trella was one of the three judges that credited Romero for winning his 12-round lightweight title fight against Jackson Marinez on August 15 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Trella (115-113) scored the Romero-Marinez match closer than judges Glenn Feldman (116-112) and Frank Lombardi (118-110), who strangely scored 10 of the 12 rounds for Romero. Nevertheless, the Romero-Marinez outcome drew intense criticism from fans and media far and wide, which is why it’s surprising Trella was chosen to judge Romero’s very next fight, just five months later and at the same venue.
Connecticut’s Ken Izzo and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld will judge the Romero-Sparrow fight as well. The referee of that 12-round, non-title bout will be Connecticut’s Johnny Callas.
Las Vegas’ Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Sparrow (10-2, 3 KOs, 1 NC) will compete in a 12-round, non-title fight. Romero was supposed to defend his WBA interim lightweight title against Houston’s Justin Pauldo (14-1, 7 KOs, 1 NC), but Pauldo came in nearly five pounds overweight Friday and was removed from their bout because he failed a pre-fight physical after two unsuccessful attempts at weighing in.
Meanwhile, Connecticut’s Lombardi is one of the three judges who will work the main event Saturday night, Angelo Leo-Stephen Fulton. New York’s John McKaie and Weisfeld will work the Leo-Fulton fight as well.
New Jersey’s David Fields will be the referee for the 12-round, 122-pound championship bout between Albuquerque’s Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs). Leo will make the first defense of his WBO junior featherweight title against Fulton, the mandatory challenger for his title.
Leo and Fulton were supposed to fight August 1, but Fulton contracted COVID-19 and Tramaine Williams replaced him on three days’ notice. Leo defeated Williams by unanimous decision to win the then-vacant WBO 122-pound title.
Feldman, McKaie and Trella have been assigned to judge the second fight of Showtime’s three-bout broadcast – a 12-round, 122-pound championship match that’ll pit Ra’esse Aleem (17-0, 11 KOs) against Vic Pasillas (16-0, 9 KOs). Aleem, of Muskegon, Michigan, and Pasillas (16-0, 9 KOs), of Redwood City, California, will fight for the WBA interim super bantamweight title.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.