Canelo Alvarez meets Alfredo Angulo on March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the commission has named officials for the fight, with the respected Tony Weeks drawing assignment as the referee. The judges will be Dave Moretti, Jerry Roth, and Craig Metcalfe.
Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO) is coming off of the first loss of his pro career, a 12-round humbling at the hands of Floyd Mayweather last September in the biggest pure money fight in boxing history. Angulo (22-3, 18 KO) is also coming off of a loss, having been stopped by Erislandy Lara on June 8 of last year.
Weeks has refereed many big fights, but is probably most famous as the third man in the ring for the first fight between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo in 2005, hailed by many as the best fight of the modern era. More recently, Weeks has been the referee for Maidana-Morales, Pacquiao-Marquez III, Mayweather-Cotto, Martinez-Chavez, Rios-Alvarado II, Garcia-Matthysse, and Alvarado-Provodnikov. This will be his first major assignment of 2014.
I'd go over the judges' credentials and résumés, but frankly it doesn't much matter -- judges aren't really notoriously bad or good, really. It depends on the night and, sometimes, it seems, on the circumstances of the fight at hand. Moretti and Roth are Nevada veterans, and Metcalfe is a Canadian judge who worked the Mayweather-Canelo bout last year, scoring it 117-111 for Floyd, the widest score of the three judges, and the one that most closely resembled what the majority of fans watching on TV had.
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