Veteran Nady to referee Rahman-Klitschko



Veteran Jay Nady was selected yesterday to referee the Nov. 12 World Boxing Council heavyweight fight between champion Vitali Klitschko and Baltimore native Hasim Rahman in Las Vegas.

"Jay's one of the world's elite officials. We try to match referees with particular fights, and this fight is perfect for him," Nevada State Athletic Commission director Marc Ratner said of Nady, 6 feet 5, 250 pounds, who worked the Jermaine Taylor-Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver-Roy Jones II, Winky Wright-Felix Trinidad, Lennox Lewis-Hasim Rahman II and Kostya Tszyu-Zab Judah title bouts.

Nady worked Rahman's victory over Monte Barrett in August. In the seventh round, when Rahman had Barrett badly hurt, Nady allowed the loser's corner to repair tape on his glove. Barrett recovered to go the distance.

"I have no problems with Jay Nady from the last fight. I thought that he did an excellent job," said trainer Thell Torrence, reached at Rahman's training quarters in Bend, Oregon.

Torrence also approved chosen ringside judges Jerry Roth and Dave Moretti of Las Vegas, and Thailand's Anek Hongtongkam.

Rahman (41-5-1, 33 knockouts) has sparred with 6-6, 271-pound Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (33-4, 28 KOs), and 6-foot-6, 250-pound left-hander Tony Thompson (25-1, 15 KOs), of Silver Spring.

"Klitschko's like a 6-foot-8 guy who likes to hold on the inside," Torrence said. "We'll make Nady aware of that."

In Wright's unanimous decision over Trinidad on May 14, Nady often warned the loser for low blows before finally penalizing him in the ninth round.

And Nady stood, resolute, when he was attacked by Judah, who swung at him in angry protest of his second-round knockout loss to Tszyu in November 2001.

Locally -- Baltimore middleweight (160 pounds) Ishmail Arvin (13-0-1, six knockouts) will face Dhafir Smith (13-11-2, three KOs) of Upper Darby, Pa., as part of a card at Martin's West in Woodlawn on Thursday. Tickets are $40, $50 and $100. Bouts start at 8. For details, call 410-375-9175.

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