American official David Fields has been confirmed as the referee for Saturday night’s highly-anticipated showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua’s IBF heavyweight crown, as well as the vacant WBA and IBO titles, are up for grabs when the two meet this weekend. The Wembley bout on Saturday has been billed as a 90,000 sell-out event, where British favourite Joshua will be hoping to maintain his undefeated record.
And New Jersey-born Fields will be the man who oversees proceedings when the two take to the London ring this weekend. Fields has officiated more than 200 fights during his 17-year career, with Ricky Lopez’s split-decision win over Pablo Cruz in New York in March his most recent. It will be the first time the official takes charge of a showdown in Britain; the majority of his fights have taken place in the United States.
His career as an official has previously seen him referee fights in Russia, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Canada and South Africa. The only other time he has overseen a heavyweight title fight was in 2006, when he officiated Shannon Briggs’ win over Chris Koval. That fight at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, won by Briggs in the third round, was for the vacant USBA heavyweight title, WBO NABO heavyweight title and WBA-NABA heavyweight title.
The three judges on Saturday are Americans Don Trella and Steve Weisfeld and Nelson Vazquez from Puerto Rico.