The officials for the January 19 WBO featherweight championship fight between Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Garcia at Madison Square Garden were announced today by WBO President Francisco Valcarcel. Given the highly suspect scoring of Salido's last fight outside of his native Mexico, the selection of judges makes for a relevant topic.
In his last title defense against Juan Manuel Lopez last March in Puerto Rico, Salido spared himself from what could have been one of the most horrific decisions of the year (and there were a number of bad ones in 2012) by knocking out the Puerto Rican Lopez in the tenth round while behind on the scorecards with inexplicable scores of 85-85 by Dennis Nelson, 84-86 by Michael Pernick and 84-86 by Cesar Ramos.
Luckily for Salido (39-11,-2, 27 KO's), none of those judges will be in attendance when he faces the undefeated Garcia (30-0, 26 KO's) on Saturday night with Julie Lederman (NY), John Stewart (NJ) and Don Ackerman (NY) appointed to score the main event at the famed venue. The referee will be Benjy Esteves from New York.
Lederman, the daughter of HBO unofficial ringside judge Harold Lederman, scored her last world title fight 116-110 for Robert Guerrero in his unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto last November. Stewart watched Adrian Broner dissect Antonio DeMarco in an eighth round TKO in his last assigned world title fight while Ackerman was the lone judge to give a close victory to Marvin Quintero who lost on the other two scorecards to Miguel Vazquez last October for the IBF lightweight title in Verona, New York.
Valcarcel himself will be the supervisor for this bout. The WBO President last served in this capacity for the December 15 super bantamweight championship fight between Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce at the Toyota Center in Houston.
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