Golovkin- Alvarez Judge Disciplined… For Lopsided Scorecard
Judge Adelaide Byrd has been stood down after Gennady Golovkin was robbed of victory
Boxing judge Adelaide Byrd, who brought the sport into disrepute following Gennady Golovkin’s title match with Canelo Alvarez, will not score a major title fight in the near future, the Nevada Athletic Commission has confirmed.
Many have called for the suspension of Byrd after she scored the world middleweight title fight 118-110 in favour of Mexican Alvarez, despite Golovkin landing significantly more punches than his opponent.
The other two judges scored the bout at 115-113 and 114-114 respectively, with many pointing to corruption as the reason behind Byrd’s ludicrously lopsided scorecard.
Byrd was reportedly in tears after learning of the furore her judgment had caused on Saturday evening, and Bob Bennett, the Nevada Athletic Commission executive director revealed she will not be considered for upcoming bouts.
‘I’m not going to put her right back in,’ Bennett told the Los Angeles Times.
‘She’ll still be in the business … but she needs to catch her breath. Like in any profession, you have a bad night.
‘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 and Alvarez are all set for a rematch following their controversial draw, with both fighters open to the prospect when asked after the final bell at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Mexican boxer’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, revealed that his fighter had a clause built into his fight contract and he intends to invoke it.