Headline News

Referee and Judges named for Frampton-Santa Cruz

Top Pro Gif Ad
The officials for tomorrow nights WBA featherweight title clash in New York between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton have been announced.

The man in the middle at the Barclays Centre will be Harvey Dock. Some notable bouts which Dock has refereed include Miguel Cotto’s destruction of Daniel Geale, Danny Garcia’s close and controversial win over Lamont Peterson, and Ruslan Provodnikov’s all-out war with Carl Frampton lookalike Chris Algieri. Dock was in the spotlight last year when he stopped Peter Quillin standing in the first round against Danny Jacobs, with Quillin on rubbery legs.

The three judges at ringside will be Frank Lombardi (Connecticut), Guido Cavalleri (Italy), and Tom Schreck (New York).

A veteran of over 15 years and nearly 500 bouts, Lombardi is one of the most experienced judges around. Lombardi scored the legendary first bout between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward a 94-94 draw. His last men’s World title bout was Rances Barthelemy’s IBF super featherweight shutout over Fernando David Saucedo in October 2014. Since then however he was a judge for Christina McMahon’s gallant loss to Alicia Ashley for the WBC super bantamweight title last October. Here he gave every round to Ashley, plus the knockdown, for a 100-89 win.

Cavalleri is both a referee, mainly in Europe, and a judge. Last weekend he scored Terrence Crawford v Viktor Postol 118-107 in favour of the American. The Italian has Frampton previous, having been an unused judge for ‘The Jackal’s’ 2013 European title win over Kiko Martinez. Cavalleri also notably scored Andy Lee’s drawn bout with Peter Quillin last year, also at the Barclays Centre, in favour of the Irishman (113-112).

Shreck notably scored Evgeny Gradovich’s drawn IBF featherweight title defence with Jayson Velez widely (117-111) in favour of the Russian – a score that was supported by most observers at ringside.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie