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California Commission Appoints New Referee, Ward-Abraham Saved

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Well the lead Boxing Breakfast story is pretty irrelevant, but hey, at least you have...the other stuff. Michael Rosenthal of The Ring reports that the California State Athletic Commission has blinked first, appointing a new referee after strong protests from Arthur Abraham and promoter Sauerland Event and Abraham's refusal to leave Germany.

Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will officiate the bout. The ringside judges will be James Jen Kin (California), Ingel Barrabas (Germany) and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa).

Pabon is a veteran of the referee game, and has in the past been the third man in the ring for several notable fights. A few recent notables: Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey, Luis Concepcion-Hernan Marquez, David Haye-Audley Harrison, Felix Sturm-Giovanni Lorenzo, Juan Manuel Lopez-Bernabe Concepcion, and Nikolai Valuev-Evander Holyfield. He's worked all over the world, as you can tell, and is a perfectly suitable referee for this level of fight.

The best news is the fight will now go on as scheduled, meaning that the Super Six World Boxing Classic is still in full swing.

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