Promoter Allan Tremblay disclosed to me the names of the neutral officials assigned for Ana Julaton's WBO super bantamweight title defense against undefeated Argentinian challenger Yesica Marcos on March 16, in an effort to assure fans that there won't be any chicanery going on in Argentina.
Supervising the fight will be Rolando Marco Hermoso who hails from Panama City, Panama. The referee is Roberto Ramirez of San Juan, Puerto Rico. While the judges are Cesar Ramos, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Ignacio Robles from Panama City, Panama; and Roark Young from Miami, Florida.
Unlike in the US and in the Philippines, women's boxing is major attraction in Argentina, as well as several other South American countries, and the undefeated Marcos is definitely one of the sport's rising stars. The venue, Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo, in San Martin, Mendoza, is reportedly selling 60,000 tickets to the fight in anticipation of a huge turnout. On the other hand, the GMA network in the Philippines will be broadcasting the fight nationwide.
This will be the most important fight in Julaton's career thus far, and is a fight that can potentially put women's boxing on the map, especially with its addition to the 2012 London Olympics for the very first time in its storied history. Here's hoping all the powers that be do their jobs to the best of their abilities, uncompromised by the crowd, location, or any other factors that can spoil such a potentially historic bout.