GGG: Byrd Scorecard Terrible For Boxing
The biggest controversy coming out of Saturday’s draw between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, was the 118-110 scorecard of Las Vegas Judge, Adalaide Byrd.
So much so that it agitated Gennady Golovkin, who is known more for his impish smile than an angered grimace. Golovkin said said in the aftermath that Byrd scoring their fight 118-110 for Alvarez and only giving GGG two of the twelve rounds is “terrible” for boxing. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin believes he won nine of the 12 rounds Saturday, though none of the three judges saw it that way.
“This is terrible for sport, for boxing… I’m a champion. This is biggest fight for boxing. If these judges [score] like today, this is terrible.”
Byrd has drawn widespread scorn for scoring 10 of the 12 rounds for Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs). Judge Dave Moretti gave Golovkin a 115-113 victory, but judge Don Trella scored their HBO Pay-Per-View main event even (114-114).
When asked after the fight about a potential second fight, which Golovkin would want in May (possibly on Cinco De Mayo weekend), he was quoted to say…
“I’m a boxer. If second fight’s the same, for me, it’s not my problem, you know? I come to box. I come to ring. This is not my job. My job is only in the ring.”
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) retained his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC titles, but Alvarez still owns The Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles because he hasn’t been beaten since winning those championships from Miguel Cotto in November 2015. Tom Loeffler, the managing director for K2 Promotions, can’t believe Golovkin doesn’t own all of those titles today.
“You can make an argument there were a few close rounds… But I really couldn’t make any argument [for] 118-110. Like I said, from my understanding, HBO, on their scores, had it pretty wide for Triple-G. That’s how I scored it. We give Canelo credit for, you know, his performance in the ring. But I think Gennady pressed the action on a continual basis and I thought it was pretty clear for him. But like I said, the main thing is he kept his titles. What else can you say?”