Judge Adelaide Byrd In Strife For Controversial GGG-Canelo Scorecard
It’s always heartbreaking when a fight that has been so hotly anticipated and debated by fans and pundits alike results in controversy. With a huge lead up to the fight between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, fans had clamoured to see just who out of the two boxing stars would take home the victory.
Unfortunately for those fans, the fight ended in a draw at the T-Mobile Arena at the weekend, with judge Adelaide Byrd delivering a particularly bad scorecard.
Two of the judges saw the fight as 115-113 (Golovkin) and 114-114, while Byrd handed in a score for Alvarez of 118-110, stunning fans. This means that Byrd scored TEN rounds of the fight for Alvarez, and just two round for Golovkin. Even Manny Pacquiao, who many believe won his fight against Australian boxer Jeff Horn despite a controversial loss, gave his opinion.
Did they bring these judges over from Australia? 😂 #CaneloGGG
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 17, 2017
Top Rank VP of Operations had requested previously that Byrd not be involved in the bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters. “We respectfully requested that Adelaide Byrd not be assigned to this fight,” Top Rank VP of Boxing Operations, Carl Morett had said.
Sometimes a picture says a thousand words.
— Nick Munday (@NM_sport) September 17, 2017
“From there it went on to a conversation [with NSAC executive director Bob Bennett] about how she is a good judge. Some judges can have good nights and can have bad nights. But when she has bad nights, she seems to be too far away from the score. Bob defended her left and right. He didn’t wanna listen to our objection.”
Now it seems Byrd is going to need to defend her judging, much in the same way as C.J. Ross did after she scored the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Alvarez as a draw.
Check out the controversial scorecard and Twitter’s reaction to it below!
— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) September 17, 2017
— WB (@citydramaqueen) September 17, 2017
— Barry Fitzgerald (@bfitzgerald76) September 17, 2017
How much proof do we need that Adelaide Byrd is a terrible, terrible judge? 118-110 for Canelo is absurdly bad. #CaneloGGG
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) September 17, 2017
Should have know a judge called Adelaide Byrd was always going to be an absolute turkey
— Matthew Patterson (@matpat123) September 17, 2017
These boxing judges are thieves.Adelaide Byrd scored the fight with eyes closed.#CaneloGGG
— Godfred Akoto Boafo (@eastsportsman) September 17, 2017
It's a draw. Even at its best moment, boxing can never help itself. 118-110 card from Adelaide Byrd is a federal offense.
— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) September 17, 2017
Adelaide Byrd. Nightmare.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 17, 2017
Adelaide Byrd should never be allowed to score a fight again. Disgusting!
— Pulgas Boxeo (@PulgasBoxeo) September 17, 2017