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Stiverne vs Wilder: Officials named for main event, Santa Cruz co-feature

The officials are set for Saturday's two world title fights on Showtime.

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

Officials were named yesterday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for Saturday's big Showtime card, including the Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder main event at the MGM Grand.

Tony Weeks will be the third man in the ring with the heavyweight title combatants, and judges will be veterans Adelaide Byrd and Jerry Roth of Nevada, and Canada's Craig Metcalfe. You've seen them all judge plenty of fights, get things wrong sometimes, and generally get things right. It's probably, like, 70-30 or so.

Leo Santa Cruz will defend his WBC super bantamweight title in the co-feature against Jesus Ruiz. Kenny Bayless will be the referee in charge of that fight, with judges Burt Clements, Dave Moretti, and Eric Cheek scoring the bout from ringside. All three are Nevada judges.

All of the officials appointed are well-known, except perhaps for Cheek, who doesn't have the track record the rest do. Last month, Cheek was one of the three officials responsible for robbing Mauricio Herrera at The Cosmopolitan, scoring a 116-112 for Jose Benavidez, along with vets Max DeLuca and the aforementioned Moretti. Cheek had mostly worked second-tier and off-TV fights before that, but in all fairness he was right in line with the other two, and they're supposedly great, experienced judges, so he can probably be considered to be doing his job well based on that fight.

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