Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin Judge Stood Down After Controversial Scorecard

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 16:  Gennady Golovkin (L) hits Canelo Alvarez in the 12th round of their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The boxers fought to a draw and Golovkin retained his titles.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Adalaide Byrd, the judge who awarded a score of 118-110 in Canelo Alvarez's favour on Saturday as he and Gennady Golovkin fought to a split draw, has been stood down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

According to Jack de Menezes of The Independent, executive director of the NASC Bob Bennett said Byrd needed a "small break," adding:

"I'm not going to put her right back in. 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."

Her fellow judges, Dave Moretti and Don Trella, scored the fight much closer, with the former awarding it in Golovkin's favour at 115-113 and the latter as a 114-114 draw.

Boxing writer and broadcaster Gareth A Davies provided a look at the scorecards:

The pair put on a suitably thrilling show in the middleweight contest given their respective pedigrees, though Golovkin looked to have edged it as they went the distance.

A score of 118-110, however, painted a very different and one-sided picture of the fight.

Boxing legend Lennox Lewis could scarcely believe the score:

Fellow former boxer Audley Harrison also took issue with Byrd's card, while USA Today's Chamatkar Sandhu believes her performance warrants much more than just a short break:

As to be expected, Golovkin and his camp reacted strongly to Byrd's verdict, with the Kazakh branding it "terrible" and "unbelievable," while trainer Abel Sanchez said: "I think she turned in her scorecard before the fight started. 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."

The judge has given several controversial scorecards in both boxing and MMA that differed significantly from her colleagues, most recently last year in which she judged Amir Khan to be leading his fight with Alvarez prior to being knocked out.