Following the highly-anticipated middleweight boxing fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, one person’s name was mentioned perhaps even more than the fighters themselves: judge Adalaide Byrd.
Byrd turned in the inexcusable scorecard of 118-110 Canelo, giving the Mexican boxer ten rounds to Golovkin’s two. The other two scores saw a close win for Golovkin and a draw. The general consensus was that the fight was close but ‘GGG’ most likely deserved to win the decision, so Byrd’s scorecard was rightly blasted as a ludicrous representation of the fight.
Byrd, a referee of both boxing and mixed-martial arts, has turned in controversial scorecards in the past in both sports. Many have been calling for her to be removed from her duties, and in the short-term the Nevada State Athletic Commission may be exploring that option.
CBS reporter Chris Maathius tweeted that Byrd has been taken off the upcoming UFC 216 event in Las Vegas.
Breaking!! Judge Adalaide Byrd has been taken off UFC 216 fight card in Vegas. NSAC says she needs time away to regroup. @8NewsNow
— Chris Maathuis (@sports8) September 18, 2017
The Commission has not released an official statement, however, and NSAC director Bob Bennet told MMAFighting that no decision has been made yet in regards to her future.
UFC 216 features two title fights, an interim lightweight championship matchup between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee; and a rescheduled flyweight title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg.