I just heard that this is what a Danish newspaper is reporting. Kessler's people are petitioning for some neutral officials in the WBA title fight this Saturday on Ward's home turf. Here is my take:
This is about as bad as Roy Jones wanting all Florida judges in his fight with Mike McCallum and a Florida ref. The WBC insisted on some neutral officials, but the state commission said no. The commission had three Florida judges in the judges' chairs, the WBC appointed three neutral judges anyway by buying them press row seats. The WBC would not accept the scores of the Florida judges.
To prevent this from happening again, moderated rules were accepted that at least one neutral official would be represented. (At least two is preferred.) There is no reason for a world title fight to have this kind of hometown favoritism going in. At least two judges SHOULD be from neutral countries. I mean what is Kessler supposed to do?
My problem is, why all this conflict now? The sanctioning body and commission are supposed to have the official's list within 10 days of the contest. I have no problem with a California ref, but two of the judges should be from neutral states or countries. Keep it fair.