Judge Adalaide Byrd, whose scoring for the Gennady Golovkin, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fight on Saturday night sparked controversy, will be temporarily stood down from judging major fights.
Byrd was the only judge to score the fight for Alvarez, and did so 118-110 in his favour, a result that left most observers and pundits in disbelief.
Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 in favour of Golovkin, while Don Trella had it as a draw (114-114).
The controversy arose over five rounds that Moretti and Trella both scored for Golovkin, as Byrd scored all five for Alvarez.
Trella’s scoring of the seventh round, which was won decisively by Golovkin, has also raised questions, as it was the scoring of that round that ultimately made the contest a draw.
Golovkin, who retained his middleweight belts thanks to the split decision, labelled Byrd’s scorecard “unbelievable”.
“This is not good for the sport of boxing,” he added.
His camp were also infuriated.
“I think she (Byrd) turned in her scorecard before the fight started,” said Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez.
“I think she needs to go back to school and learn how to judge a fight. But something has to be done about the judging.”
Executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission Bob Byrd defended his officials, but added that Byrd would be asked to take a break from major fights.
“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.”
Byrd will now need to explain her scoring at an inquiry.
“Like in any profession, you have a bad night,” Bennett said. “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.”
The controversial scoring cast a shadow over what was a great fight, with pundits, fans and fellow pros expressing disbelief.
The judges were the only thing that could've ruined this fight. They did. #CaneloGGG
— Alex Seixeiro (@alexfan590) September 17, 2017
Did they bring these judges over from Australia? ? #CaneloGGG
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 17, 2017
#CaneloGGG was one of the best fights I've seen for a long time.
Stylish work from vs relentless pressure.
But we now talk about judges.?
— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) September 17, 2017
— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) September 17, 2017
That should be Adalaide Byrd’s last fight. Period. Nevada has to take responsibility for that card.
— Bad Left Hook (@badlefthook) September 17, 2017