Monday 20 November 2017

Judge stood down after controversial Gennady Golovkin draw with Canelo Álvarez

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez both celebrate after the final round in their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez both celebrate after the final round in their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Boxing Judge Adalaide Byrd has been stood down by the Nevada Athletic Commission after her controversial after she scored the Gennady Golovkin v Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez fight 118-110 in favour of Canelo.

Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 to WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion Golovkin, while Don Trella had it as a 114-114 draw, with Byrd's 118-110 scorecard receiving widespread critcisim.

As a result, Byrd will be temporarily withheld from scoring future fights by the Nevada Athletic Commission with commission executive director Bob Bennett telling the Los Angeles Times that she will not be put 'right back in'.

“She’ll still be in the business," said Bennett. "But she needs to catch her breath.

“Unfortunately, she didn’t do well. I can tell you she conducts training for us, takes judges under her wing … but her score was too wide.”

Golovkin was angry that the fight was scored a draw and claimed that the decision was bad for the sport.

“I saw [the] computer, all total punches, I saw people’s reaction,” he said.

“It’s terrible, for me, it’s terrible. This is not correct, this is very bad for the sport.”

Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya labeled the decision a shocker.

“These guys fought their heart out,” he said.

“Gennady is a tremendous, tremendous champion and Canelo’s a tremendous, tremendous champion. Everybody has their opinion but that’s what made it such a great, great fight.

“The 118-110, I don’t understand, I really don’t. Byrd is a very competent judge but I just don’t understand 118-110… 118-110 is a shocker.”

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