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Joe Cortez will be the third man in the ring for the huge Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins showdown in the Planet Hollywood Ring on April 19 in Las Vegas. Cortez, famous for his catch line: "I'm fair but I'm firm", has handled 138 world title contests. The last Calzaghe fight he worked was in October 1997 when the Welshman won the WBO world super middleweight title against Chris Eubank. He has only worked one Hopkins fight and that was against Robert Allen in April 2004. The unbeaten Calzaghe is happy with the decision to have Cortez officiate his light heavyweight and US debut. "I'm delighted that an experienced and well respected referee like Joe Cortez is in charge of our fight but he's going to have very little to do apart from give Hopkins a count to ten. I don't do holding and mauling, I come to fight, and Joe is aware of that so I'm sure he will let me get on with my job. When Hopkins is getting beat up and his dream team of trainers fuss over who will throw in the towel, at least he knows that Joe will step in and save him."

 

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This actually favors calzaghe. Not a bad choice of referee. Cortez is still one of the best in the business. You can't judge him off 1 or 2 fights. I can tell you bad things about any other referee in the business. This shouldnt be a problem in the fight at all.
 

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Can someone explain to me what this guy is still doing in the ring?
Homeboy ref's have no right getting these fights, he never gave Hatton a fair crack that much we saw so why is the tosser getting the next big fight involving a British fighter?

This stinx !! Its a hand picked job from ol Nard and GBP.
 

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ha ha! i was just about to post this! the way cortez kept hatton from constantly holding mayweather should bode well for calzaghe, no?

From fighting, not from holding.
 

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Homeboy ref's have no right getting these fights, he never gave Hatton a fair crack that much we saw so why is the tosser getting the next big fight involving a British fighter?

This stinx !! Its a hand picked job from ol Nard and GBP.
:laugh: Can we say paranoid? Cortez is fine.
 

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This should be a good thing. Hopkins likes to fight dirty and if Cortez refs the fight the same as he did Hatton/Mayweather then it should make the fight much better.
 

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This should be a good thing. Hopkins likes to fight dirty and if Cortez refs the fight the same as he did Hatton/Mayweather then it should make the fight much better.
True.

But if he lets Nard fight his usual dirty fight then its safe to say he's a no good homeboy !!
 

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Calzaghe is going to win the fight regardless as to who the ref is. I just watched forbes vs panchito bojado. That was a great inside fight, Cortez broke them up 3 times in the whole fight. When you fight inside the proper way there arent any clinches. But when you take a guy like hatton that jumps in and then grabs you. That deserves to be broken up. Anyways, the holder in this fight is hopkins. So if anything, it helps calzaghe.
 

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well Smoger would have been fine too , but like Shane said he only refs east coast fights. All that really leaves is Jay Nady and Cortez is better than him
 

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Calzaghe is going to win the fight regardless as to who the ref is. I just watched forbes vs panchito bojado. That was a great inside fight, Cortez broke them up 3 times in the whole fight. When you fight inside the proper way there arent any clinches. But when you take a guy like hatton that jumps in and then grabs you. That deserves to be broken up. Anyways, the holder in this fight is hopkins. So if anything, it helps calzaghe.
I agree with the last sentence there
 

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32 unaswered punches, is that not an acceptable stoppage?
If turned my back to a guy and fired off 32 punches that didn't land would you as the referee stop it? The result wouldn't have changed in the slightest, but the stoppage was re freaking diculous.
 
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