Referee Tony Weeks has been assigned the Chavez Jr vs Martinez fight in Vegas. (Photo by Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr faces Sergio Martinez in the HBO pay-per-view main event this Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Let's take a look at the four officials appointed to this fight -- and yes, there has been some WBC controversy already, but it's mostly moping and complaining, nothing legit.
Tony Weeks will be the referee for the fight, and is a fine choice for the assignment, as he's one of the best in the game. He was the third man in the ring for Mayweather vs Cotto in May, as well as Pacquiao vs Marquez III last November.
His first "big event" fight came back in 2008, when he was assigned the De La Hoya vs Pacquiao fight. He will probably always be most famous for being the referee of Corrales vs Castillo I, however.
The judges will be Nevada's Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti, plus WBA international judge Stanley Christodoulou. More on that in a moment.
Byrd has an inconsistent history, but did bring her brain on April 14 and scored Rios vs Abril for Abril, 117-111. She was alone in this brain-bringing camp.
Moretti was recently assigned the massive, earth-shaking Mundine vs McKart fight, which drew literally hundred of fans to Las Vegas to see the man who would be facing Mayweather, "The Man" Mundine himself. Mundine won in seven and Moretti scored it who gives a shit. He had Mike Alvarado over Mauricio Herrera, 96-94, earlier this year.
Now, about the WBC. Jose Sulaiman has already gotten out his tiny violin and crycerchief over something about the officials here, which is assumed to be the appointment of Christodoulou, who is a veteran judge and referee. Here's what Sulaiman moaned about:
"There are some boxing commissions who believe their home is Heaven, and that they are almighty. They don't understand or recognize that a WBC world champion is exclusive to our agency, for being the one and only owner of this accolade.
"In the case of the September 15 fight in Las Vegas, we are not responsible for the appointment of judges. The Nevada Commission humiliated us, taking out of their sleeve a judge who has only acted for another organization ... and that the WBC has never named. This has passed the line of tolerance, and I do not doubt that major steps must be taken to challenge discrimination, abuse, and lack of respect for the most basic principle of justice and rights."
Calling this a downright comical load of crap would be too dry. The most likely reality is that Sulaiman is upset that Nevada doesn't bend to his every whim the way Tricky Dick Cole and Texas do for the most recent Chavez Jr fights, where nobody was even forced to take a drug test. I'm already envisioning Sulaiman literally in tears this weekend, for one reason or another, threatening to retire from the sport for the 309th time.
A pessimist would say they're already looking for an out to basically nullify a Martinez win on the WBC's own garbage records, but I think I've said quite enough about this nonsense, so you know, there it is, and whatever comes of it is going to come, and there's nothing can be done. Baby Boy will have to fight without the deck stacked this weekend it appears. Oh, the humanity.