Adalaide Byrd, the judge who so infamously called last weekend’s Canelo/GGG as a lopsided win for the Mexican Canelo, has reportedly been giving an extended break from her duties as a result of her poor performance scoring the fight.
Canelo/GGG was a fight that for so long was billed as the fight of the year within the world of boxing, and while the bout itself delivered on its promise as far as the actual in-ring action was concerned, the final outcome – and one scorecard in particular – managed to overshadow what was a truly engrossing contest.
For most, the slight-underdog Golovkin managed to do more over the scheduled twelve rounds than his opponent to win the night on the scorecards, with many – top analyst Max Kellerman included – citing anywhere between a two-round advantage to ‘GGG’ to a dead-even draw as a scorecard you can at least defend without being ridiculous.
So when judge Adalaide Byrd somehow managed to score the fight at 118-110 (meaning 10 rounds in favour of Canelo to Golovkin’s 2), the fans – no matter who it was that they were supporting – were left understandably confused.
The fight ended in a draw and though we will be inevitably treated to a rematch soon, talk of foulplay in some way, shape or form has marred what was meant to be a great night for boxing.
Now, according to a report made by The Los Angeles Times, Byrd – as a result of her heavily criticised work last weekend – will be given an extended break from her duties, something that will rule her out of next month’s eagerly anticipated MMA event, UFC 216, which will feature the interim-lightweight championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee as well as Demetrious Johnson’s attempt at a history-making eleventh consecutive flyweight title defense, as he takes on Ray Borg in the co-main event.
The report, which cites some who is familiar with Byrd’s situation states that the layoff isn’t a suspension, per se, but rather just a case of her being benched for a few months.
Those who were outraged by the fight’s outcome will be glad to her of Byrd’s absence from UFC 216 regardless, however, as it in fact, wasn’t the first time she had called a fight in a manner that left many surprised or bemused.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena