Earlier today the WBA announced the full line up of officials with not one of them coming from either Mexico, where the bout will be staged, or Japan, the home nation of the challenger. Instead the line up will consist or two Puerto Rican's, two Americans and a Venezuelan.
Leading the 5 officials will be Puerto Rican referee Melva Santos who we believe will be in charge of her third world title bout. To date she has never had a world title bout that hasn't gone the distance and we don't actually see that changing here.
The trio of judges will be Idalia Parra, of Puerto Rico, as well as American pairing Gloria Ramirez and Carla Caiz. Of the judges Caiz is by far the most famous but also the most controversial. In her most recent major bout Caiz scored the Edis Tatli/Richar Abril bout a 114-114 draw in a contest many felt Abril clearly won she was also a judge who had Koki Kameda beating Jung Oh Son back in November 2013 by a score of 114.5-114 and also did Anabel Ortiz's bout with Hye-Soo Park on the same show, scoring that one a shut out in favour of the Mexican. Notably she was one of the 3 judges who all scored the first Julio Cesar Chavez/Brian Vera fight in favour of Chavez, though her card was the closest of the 3.
The supervisor for the bout will be Noryoli Gil of Venezuela