The combat world is still reeling from last night’s world title match that saw Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight to split draw after 12 rounds of great boxing action.
And it’s not so much for the brawl itself, but with the judges’ wild scores, as many — myself included — felt “GGG” won the fight running away. But the score that is really coming under fire is from Adalaide Byrd, who scored the fight 118-110 in favor Canelo.
Now, Bob Bennett — executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) — has given his thoughts on the score, saying that at the end of the day, Byrd simply had a bad day.
“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,” Bennett told ESPN’s Dan Rafael.
“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,” he concluded.
Something tells me those vanilla comments won’t sit too well with the combat world.
Nevertheless, Byrd’s bad day cost “GGG” a clear-cut dominant win, though it now sets up a rematch between the two pugilists.
But, another “bad day” in judges scoring gives boxing yet another black eye, questioning today’s integrity of the sweet science even further.
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