A boxing judge at the heart of controversy over the recent fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin has been stood down, according to The Independent.
The Independent on Monday reported that Adalaide Byrd will not score any major bouts for the foreseeable future following her role in the contest two nights before.
Byrd scored last Saturday’s middleweight clash in Las Vegas 118-110 in favor of Alvarez while fellow judge Dave Moretti called it 115-113 in favor of Golovkin.
Third judge Don Trella issued an even 114-114 scorecard, producing a split decision draw between Alvarez and Golovkin and the likelihood of an immediate rematch.
Some Twitter users on Monday derided Byrd’s score for the match, which ended the still-undefeated Golovkin’s winning streak after 37 fights.
Adalaide Byrd is a complete incompetent and a disgrace to the sport of 🥊. I'm sure she did what she did for a reason💰💰she's the real winner— Richard (@Rickybobby2915) September 18, 2017
Adelaide Byrd stepping down after the fight should already tell you it was rigged. She should be heavily investigated for robbing GGG.— 💀 2-0 (@The_Trillest93) September 18, 2017
Saturday’s result left fans in attendance at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas booing Alvarez despite his lack of control over the score.
Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic State Commission, on Monday confirmed that Byrd will be stood down from future events to review her performance.
“I’m not going to put her right back in,” he said. “She’ll still be in the business, but she needs to catch her breath.”
“Like any profession, you have a bad night,” Bennett added. “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 blasted Byrd’s scoring as “terrible” and “unbelievable” after Saturday’s fight, adding “this is not good for the sport of boxing.”
Abel Sanchez, who is Golovkin’s trainer, called for an overhaul of boxing’s judging following the draw.
“I think she turned in her scorecard before the fight started,” he said. “I had suspicions when they gave us the list of judges.”
“I think she needs to go back to school and learn how to judge a fight,” Sanchez added. “But something has to be done about the judging.”