LAS VEGAS — Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said late Saturday night that judge Adalaide Byrd needs “a small break” from big fights after turning in a scorecard in the draw between unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez that had the Mexican challenger winning 118-110.
“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bennett said. “She’ll still be in the business … but she needs to catch her breath.”
Golovkin, holder of three middleweight belts, said he felt “terrible” after Byrd’s lopsided scorecard in favor of Alvarez helped lead to a draw in the title fight at T-Mobile Arena.
“I think she turned in her scorecard before the fight started,” Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez said.
Judge Dave Moretti scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Golovkin (37-0-1) while judge Don Trella scored it 114-114 to create the draw.
In five rounds that Moretti and Trella scored for Golovkin, Byrd awarded each round to Alvarez (49-1-2). Also, Trella strangely gave what seemed to be Golovkin’s decisive seventh round to Alvarez, also helping to create the draw.
“I had suspicions when they gave us the list of judges,” Sanchez said. “I think she needs to go back to school and learn how to judge a fight.”
The last time a Nevada boxing judge returned to a major fight after producing a universally panned scorecard, it was awful again, so don’t expect Byrd to be back anytime soon.
In 2013 judge C.J. Ross turned in a highly disputed card that allowed Timothy Bradley to upset Manny Pacquiao. Commission head Keith Kizer returned her to judge the 2013 Alvarez-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.
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