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IBF officials named!

By Nick Giongco

Pete Podgorski of Chicago will be the third man on the ring when Nonito Donaire makes the third defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown against unbeaten Raul ‘Cobra’ Martinez of the US this Sunday (April 18 in the US) at the Araneta Coliseum. The list was provided by Daniel Pancheri, a high-ranking executive of Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., who sent the lineup to Fightnews and Manila Bulletin yesterday. The three judges are Muhammad Rois of Indonesia, John Wright of Australia and Larry Hazzard Jr. of the US. The fight supervisor is Ray Wheatley of Australia. In the other IBF title fight–the battle between defending champion Ulises Solis of Mexico against Brian Viloria–the third man on the ring will be Bruce McTavish of the Philippines. McTavish is originally from New Zealand but has lived in the country since the late-1960s. Yongsak NaSongkla of Thailand, Rois and Wright are the three judges, while Wheatley will also supervise.

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