As this keeps coming up on the fight threads, and I've only seen him ref two fights, I would like to ask others for thier opinion on Joe Cortez. Clearly he is a respected official but what I'm getting at is, generally, the less you notice the ref the better. In these two big fights I've watched (Mayweather V Hatton & Calazghe V Hopkins) the referee has occupied a great deal of my attention. The quote below goes right to the heart of the matter although it doesn't go far enough:- "The ref was an ass. He spit hatton up for holding...but he let B hop hold for as long as he wanted. Can somebody explain this to me?" To be precise Cortez split Hatton & Mayweather up BEFORE there was a chance for any holding, whenever they came within about a foot of one another for a second or more. Bhop enganges in a greco roman wrestling match and he warns him lots. Way to go. I said above I've only seen him ref two fights but thinking about it I'm not sure this is accurate. I've probably seen him ref fights but not noticed him. Whereas in these two fights he really stood out for me.