Adalaide Byrd Highlights Boxing’s Flaws During Canelo-Golovkin

Saturday night was supposed to be a great event for boxing, two of the top middleweights in the world going toe to toe. Instead, we got more bad judging and another black eye for our beloved sport. However, this time I want someone held responsible. Judge Adalaide Byrd insanely scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo. Let’s be clear, Golovkin won this fight. Some had it a closer fight scoring 115-113, some had it wider and mirrored my scorecard of 116-112, but if you had it 118-110 for Canelo you clearly weren’t watching the same fight.

Even Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya agrees that Byrd’s score is ridiculous saying-

“The 118-110, I don’t understand, I really don’t. Byrd is a very competent judge but I just don’t understand 118-110. I had Canelo winning seven-five. 118-110 is a shocker.”

Executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett said-
 “Adalaide, in my estimation, is an outstanding judge. She’s done over 115 title fights and/or elimination bouts. She does a great deal of our training. Takes a lot of our judges under her wing. I think being a judge is a very challenging position.

“Unfortunately, Adalaide was a little wide. I’m not making any excuses.

“I think she’s an outstanding judge, and in any business, sometimes you have a bad day. She saw the fight differently. It happens.” 

The problem is it should NOT happen more than once, and in this case, it isn’t Byrd’s first (badly judged) rodeo. She was also the center of controversy in MMA with her score of Lenard Garcia versus Nan Phan in the Ultimate Fighter 12 finale in 2010. She scored it 29–28 in favor of Garcia but most saw Phan won.

Top Rank’s vice president of boxing operations, Carl Moretti, objected to Byrd judging the Vasyl Lomachenko-Nicholas Walters fight this past November. Moretti told BoxingScene.com:

“We respectfully requested that Adalaide Byrd not be assigned to this fight,” Moretti said. “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.”

Scorecards have to be accurate in the sport of boxing. It’s messing with the history of our sport, tainting it. Forget this horrible decision with Canelo and Golovkin, I am more worried about the smaller fights that don’t get as much attention. No one comes to those fighters rescue and without a proper score it will not only take away future fights but higher paychecks. Bad scoring in boxing effects lives. This isn’t baseball or football you don’t play boxing and repeated bad calls can’t be tolerated. While they have put her on a temporary suspension, I personally hope they make an example of Adalaide Byrd.

Lucas Biggers

Lucas Biggers- I am a fan turned writer, turned Founder of Heavy Bag Boxing. My hope is to see a new golden era of boxing come about for my sons to enjoy.