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Canelo v GGG – Judge’s decision

Canelo v GGG

Controversy over judge’s scorecard – Canelo v GGG

Controversy has emerged surrounding judge Adalaide Byrd’s scoring following the Canelo v GGG fight last night. In what was considered by most as a tremendously fought battle, Byrd had the fight at a score of 118-110 in favour of Canelo, a vastly different score card to that of her colleges. The other two judges, Dave Moretti and Don Trella scored the contest 115-113 for GGG and 114-114 respectively. This finished the contest in a controversial split draw. Calls have since been made for the Nevada State Athletic Commission to hold an investigation into the scoring practices of their judges. Calls have even been made for Byrd to face immediate suspension pending that investigation.

In what is being considered as an uncommon move, the NSAC executive director, Bob Bennett spoke to the press ringside after the judgement. Bennett explained how judges become approved and defended Byrd’s judgement saying:

“Adalaide, in my estimation, is an outstanding judge,” Bennett said. “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.”


Byrd’s Judging History

Although Byrd may have got it wrong this time, some say this is the first time that controversy has surrounded her decision in a career that has spanned over 20 years and 442 fights. Others claim this is not the first time she has been linked to issues with scoring. In title fights such as Jessie Magdaleno v Nonito Donaire and Austin Trout v Miguel Cotto it has been suggested that Byrd was also vastly wrong with her scoring decision.

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