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Justification For The Choice Of Referees for the Mayweather-McGregor fight - NSAC

Justification For The Choice Of Referees for the Mayweather-McGregor fight - NSAC
17/8/2017


The Nevada State Athletic Commission made Robert Byrd their choice for the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight, saying their choice was made due to his “no-nonsense” style.


"Robert Byrd is an experienced referee who has been in the business for over 30 years," said NSAC chief Bob Bennett.

"He has proven to consistently perform under stressful conditions, and perform exceptionally well.

"He's been in 88 world title or elimination bouts. He makes sure that the unified rules of boxing are complied with. He's intimately familiar with the rules. He is an inductee into the Hall of Fame.

"An example I can give you is from the first Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev fight. In the pre-fight instructions he explained the rules to perfection. He listened to the concerns of each fighter. The concerns of each fighter came to fruition during the fight, and he immediately addressed it.

"He's a no-nonsense referee inside the ring who takes control. He's always in an excellent position.

"There were no complaints from either camp."

Choice Of Foreign Referee

"Otherwise I would have used an out-of-state judge," Bennett said. "Mr. Cavalleri has travelled the world, from Japan to Madison Square Garden, and performed exceptionally."

The Justification For their Change Of Glove Rules

"Conor is used to fighting in 4oz gloves. Floyd typically fights in 8oz gloves with three exceptions - 'Canelo', Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya - because he usually fights at welterweight [147lbs]. Bennett explained

"We evaluated our regulations and decided it was in the best interest of the fighters and the fans to deviate for one-time only.

"This is a one-time waiver with the caveat that the gloves must be inspected, which is standard procedure. The original pair must then be returned to the commission after the fight for our inspection."

Concerning Safety When Using 8oz Instead Of 10oz
"We initiated a study to see if there is a significant difference between 8oz and 10oz gloves. This study was not completed. We will proceed with the review.

"A one-time exception, while we continue this study, is applicable because you could argue that it's beneficial to each fighter."
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