Canelo-Golvkin judge to make early return to ringside


It was a night scripted to be one of the most famous in boxing's history, but instead ended steeped in controversy.

As subjective as boxing may be to its fighters, its trainers, its judges, its fans - there shouldn't have been any doubt that Gennady Golovkin comfortably did enough to see off Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in their middleweight bout.

The judges in this instance combined to score the contest as a draw, notably down to one rogue scorecard.

More so than any other sport, when a judge or referee gets it wrong in boxing, the fighters pay a heavy price - all the months of work in the gym, dieting and making weight can all be for nothing if they are on the end of a bad call.

And that is exactly what happened at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last month, as Golovkin was robbed of a career-defining win, leaving his previously unblemished record now slightly tarred.

The judge in question is Adalaide Byrd - wife of referee Robert, who oversaw Floyd Mayweather's 50th professional win against Conor McGregor in August - as she inexplicably scored the contest 118-110 in favour of Canelo.

The two other judges had it 114-114 and 115-113 in favour of Golovkin, meaning a rematch will more than likely be on the horizon to settle the score.

After sparking fury amongst fans from across the globe, Byrd was stood down from ringside, but she is set to make a return to the role just a month later.


Byrd has been appointed to work on a Mayweather Promotions show this Saturday, where the eyes of the world will no doubt be on her.

Canelo's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, even claimed the scoring was unfair, blasting Byrd's scorecard.

Although reports emerged that she may have been suspended after the fight, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission Bob Bennett stated that this was not the case.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez

"She’s not on suspension,” Bennett said to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

"We’ve re-watched the fight together and we went over her scorecard.

"We decided it would be best if she took a break. We’re expecting her back soon."

Byrd has come under scrutiny several times during her career, notably during Canelo's fight against Amir Khan where her scoring was heavily criticised.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez

However, her return on Saturday does not necessarily mean she will be back judging the biggest fights in the world according to Bennett.

"That’s undecided at this point. It was one bad night. We want her to be OK mentally and then we’ll move on," he added.

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