Just once, boxing fans were hoping that they could get an elite-level fight that wasn’t flubbed by judges. And in the case of the middleweight showdown between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, they did not get what they asked for. Following a scintillating back-and-forth bout, the cards were announced and the result was a frustrating draw.
And one judge, Adelaide Byrd, turned in a scorecard for the ages.
Here's the official scorecard for tonight's #CaneloGGG fight. pic.twitter.com/2sVE8GVNG0— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 17, 2017
Byrd had it 118-110 Canelo, which is patently ridiculous. Dave Moretti had the bout 115-113 for GGG, while Don Trella had it at a 114-114 draw.
There is no way that Canelo won ten rounds. Not a chance. They went back and fourth for the first third of the fight, before Golovkin pulled away with a strong pressure game in the middle rounds. Canelo rebounded in the final three, but it seems most fans and media had it for Golovkin with scores ranging from 115-113 to 117-111.
Byrd only gave Golovkin the fourth and seventh rounds on her (terrible) card. Moretti scored the first two and the final three for Canelo, with Golovkin taking rounds three through nine. Trella saw it almost the same way as Moretti, with the only difference being that he gave Canelo the seventh (which, oddly, went against Byrd’s Canelo-heavy card). To be fair, the seventh round was probably the closest of the fight.
Despite the ludicrous card, NSAC chief Bob Bennett still has “full confidence” in Byrd’s work as a judge. How? I have no idea.