The other big boxing match of the year went down on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and unlike Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, this fight featured two actual professional boxers. What a concept!
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought to a draw in what was generally considered to be a close fight. Judge Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 for Golovkin. Don Trella scored it 114-114 even. Both of those are perfectly acceptable scores based on the fight everyone watched.
The third judge, Adelaide Byrd, was apparently watching a different fight. She scored it 118-110, awarding ten of the twelve rounds to Alvarez. That’s definitely not how the fight went down, and at least one reporter was preparing the public for the worst as early as three days before the fight.
Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports warned everyone that Byrd has submitted controversial scores in the past and that other boxing promotions have tried to get her removed from working their events.
Remember the name Adelaide Byrd. Has had some very questionable cards in the past. Top Rank once tried to have her removed from a big fight. https://t.co/SgU3pH8rNy
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) September 13, 2017
Byrd has been “temporarily stood down” from being eligible to work major title fights, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bob Bennett, the Nevada Athletic Commission executive director, said, via the Los Angeles Times. “She’ll still be in the business … but she needs to catch her breath.”
Byrd also regularly works MMA events for the NSAC, and has provided controversial scored in that sport as well. She famously scored a fight between Melvin Guillard and Jamie Varner 30-27 for Guilard, when the other two judges (and every single media member) scored it 30-27 for Varner.
Unfortunately, shady judging is par for the course for most boxing fans. Many assume the sport is filled with corruption, with everyone from the promoters, referees, judges, and even Athletic Commission execs willing to bend or break the rules for the right payday.