Sanchez Satisfied With The Officials For GGG-Canelo Rematch

By Steve Kim

A big bone of contention in last year's bout between IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez - was the officiating.

The first bout, which took place in September 2017, ended in a controversial draw.

When they meet again the trio of Steve Weisfeld, Glenn Feldman and Dave Moretti will be ringside judging the fight and the third man in the ring will be Benji Esteves.

canelo-golovkin-fight (18)_1

And Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, who raised objections about Tony Weeks being appointed as the referee for this contest, is satisfied with the officials who have been selected for the rematch, which takes place this Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

He stated to a couple of weeks ago that it wasn't so much about getting a referee or judges that he wanted but - "I just wanted neutral (people), I wanted guys that weren't influenced by the Nevada commission. I made a stink about it before the first fight about Adelaide Byrd, nobody listened."

Last year, Byrd turned in an incomprehensible scorecard of 118-110 for Alvarez, that was panned universally - even by the Mexican star's own promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions. The other judges saw it 115-113 for Golovkin and 114-114 to create the split draw.

"So now we have three very respected judges in the U.S., Steve Weisfeld is probably the dean of judges as far as impartiality and Benji Esteves being the referee, at least it's not a guy that's handled either one of the fighters in the past so he's going to be a guy that doesn't have an ax to grind or has an agenda in the fight," Sanchez said.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SERVILEV on 09-12-2018

Jesus Christ I’m not even sure wtf your trying to say? 😂 clean it up a bit

Comment by -Kev- on 09-12-2018

Unabel and GGG is doing a lot of complaining pre-fight, settling into the role of the loser. The loser always complains about BS. Every single time, you have one side *****ing non stop, and that side usually loses. Canelo's side…

Comment by markther on 09-12-2018

Snap shot of judges. Steve Weisfeld has judged (3) GGG fights. The last one, he had GGG winning 115-112 versus Jacobs. Dave Moretti scored the first fight 115-113 for GGG and gave GGG the 3rd round, Canelo’s best round of…

Comment by Travycat on 09-12-2018

Well as long as Sanchez is happy lol.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 09-12-2018

[QUOTE=markther;19092365]I saw the 3rd round the same way you did but the judge that scored the fight a draw gave Canelo the 7th round. A lot of boxing experts, the commentators, and analysts had that round for GGG. The 1st…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (24)
Top Headlines Lemieux on Canelo: I'll Be The Underdog, I Can Surprise Everyone Photos: Victor Ortiz, John Molina Come Together For Media Day Amir Khan: People Think I Can't Take a Shot Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Tomas Rojas on October 6, Mexico City Trey Lippe-Morrison Back in Training With Roach at Wild Card Joe Noynay Breaks Foe To Retain, Toyogon Vaporizes Bolcio Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Miguel Beltran - Go Face To Face Alimkhanuly, Ualikhanov Set To Make Top Rank Debuts Joe Cortez Joins Devin Haney Promotions Magsayo, Brian Norman, Mendoza, Brandun Lee Back on 10/6 Lomachenko-Pedraza Shifts To MSG on 12/8, New Plans For 12/1 Gamboa: Me and Juanma Felt Marlins Park Was Perfect For Event HBO's Lampley: Overwhelming Majority Saw Golovkin Win, Twice Photos: Price vs. Kuzmin, Campbell vs. Mendy - Face To Face Charr Shocked as Positive Drug Tests Cancel Oquendo Fight Photos: Joshua, Povetkin - Face To Face at Final Press Conference O'Shaquie Foster Motivated To Shock Jon Fernandez on ShoBox Joshua Prepared For 'Good Scrap;' Hopes to Stop Povetkin in 8th Ryan Garcia Believes Tyson Fury Will Upset Deontay Wilder Bob Arum: HBO and Showtime Don't Belong In Boxing Anymore Whyte: I'll Get In Joshua's Head, Knock Him Out In Our Rematch Hearn: If Fury is KO'd By Wilder, The Joshua Fight Never Happens James Tennyson Aims To Dominate, Pressure Tevin Farmer Hearn Warns Team Wilder: Hurry Up, You Haven't Got Long Golovkin Opponents Split on Canelo Rematch Outcome Ngabu vs. Merhy in Play For EBU Strap After Jur KO Loss Joshua vs. Povetkin: The Joys of Disappointment Abel Sanchez Not Surprised Canelo Withstood Golovkin's Power Mikey Garcia: My Main Target, Focus and No. 1 Goal is Spence! Adonis Stevenson vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk Card Coming Together Pacquiao Says No Tune-Up Needed, Mayweather May Have One Miguel Roman: Miguel Berchelt Will Not Withstand My Pace Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez Doubleheader on 11/10 Sergio Martinez Discusses Unbeaten Prospect Jon Fernandez Photos: Luke Campbell, Yvan Mendy, Okolie, Askin - Workouts Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Open Workouts Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Putting in Work Fury on Wilder: Klitschko Hit Really Hard Too, It Didn't Affect Me! Arum Amused: I'd Be Conflicted If De La Hoya Ran Against Trump Froch: Joshua Needs to Entertain, Show Fighting Spirit Again

Latest Active Forum Threads