SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this week in the world title defenses of champions Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda and Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux, to be held in Japan and United States, respectively.
Tomorrow at the Bodymaker Coliseum in Osaka, Japan, the WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18 KOs), the first Japanese to become WBO champion, will make his first title defense when he faces #6 ranked Immanuel Naidjala (17-0-1, 11 KOs), from Namibia. For this bout the referee will be Robert Byrd, from United States.
The judges for the Kameda-Naidjala clash will be Adalaide Byrd, Don Trella and Carlos Ortiz Jr., all three from United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo.
Meanwhile, this Saturday, December 7, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time against the #11 ranked and former world champion Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs), from Ghana. For this fight when Rigondeaux also will defend his 122 pounds WBA title, the referee will be Benjy Esteves, from United States.
While the judges for the bout between Rigondeaux and Agbeko are Rose Vargus, Ron McNair y Henry Grant, all three from United States. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Jose Izquierdo.