One judge’s highly controversial score marred the action packed middleweight showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin that ended in a split draw. And that judge has now been temporarily taken down from major fights.
Adalaide Byrd provided a scorecard of 118-110 for Canelo Alvarez, which was way off in comparison to the 114-114 from Don Trella and the 115-113 scorecard in favor of Golovkin from Dave Moretti. Byrd’s scorecard sent boxing pundits and social media into a rage with accusations flying about boxing officials being corrupt. The disapproval came from all angles as even Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya took issue with the wide margin that Byrd scored the fight in favor of Canelo.
Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, became a focal point of Saturday night’s post-fight press conference and was taken to task over the selection of Byrd, who has had a history of polemic scores in both MMA and boxing.
There is no timeline on how long Byrd will be away from judging. However, a similar situation took place in 2013 when C.J. Ross retired after producing heavily critiqued scores in both the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight as well as the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez fights. Ross retired shortly after those fights.