The judge who controversially handed Canelo Alvarez the fight against Gennady Golovkin by an overwhelming margin is set to be benched for a few months.
Adalaide Byrd, the wife of World Boxing Hall of Fame referee and judge Robert Byrd, inexplicably handed Alvarez the fight by a 118-110 margin.
While some feel Canelo might have edged the result, absolutely no one thought he won the fight by such a huge margin.
In fact, most were confident that GGG had done enough to secure the result, so to see a judge hand him an eight-point loss was a big shock.
As a result, Byrd may not be asked to judge fights for a long time. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that she will be sidelined for the rest of the year at least.
“She’s not being suspended, but she is being benched for a couple of months,” an unnamed boxing official was quoted as saying.
Not all boxing and MMA fans were shocked by Byrd’s decision, however. Some are familiar with her and know she has a history of questionable calls.
Byrd also has history with GGG. Prior to his knockout of Amir Khan in 2016, she was the only judge who had Khan winning at the time.
Byrd also upset UFC boss Dana White after scoring Melvin Guillard the winner of his UFC 155 fight against Jamie Varner by a margin of 30-27.
“The fight capital of the world. 30-27 Guillard? It’s unacceptable. It’s a joke. It’s literally a joke,” White said at the time. “Seriously, the athletic commission must want to dig a (expletive) hole and bury themselves when someone says 30-27 Guillard.”
She was also the only judge who saw Bernard Hopkins as the winner against Joe Calzaghe in 2008.
After her latest mystifying decision, it will probably be a long time before Byrd ever judges a major fight again – if ever.