NSAC executive Bob Bennett: 'Adalaide Byrd needs to catch her breath'

Aubrey Yates
September 19, 2017

Saturday night saw all of this in 12 action-packed rounds.

Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fought to a draw in their long-awaited world title bout.

Both fighters' promoters agreed, and the draw means that Golovkin retains his three middleweight belts.

Saunders, fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle, also improved on his unconvincing performance in December against Artur Akavov, and was rewarded with scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 via the three ringside judges.

A report from FOX 5 in Las Vegas indicated the Nevada State Athletic Commission didn't select Byrd to work UFC 216, though the decision was made prior to Canelo-GGG and had nothing to do with her scorecard on Saturday. Byrd gave Alvarez the nod by a whopping 118-110 margin - scoring only the fourth and seventh rounds for Golovkin.

De La Hoya's reaction was far more diplomatic than some of the other principals. "But I have to say Byrd is a competent judge, she's been doing lots of world titles for many years", said De La Hoya in a report from BJ Penn.

"I'm not going to put her right back in", Bennett said, via the Los Angeles Times.

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In a utopian world, an outlier scorecard would not have been the dominant topic of conversation after such an outstanding bout. Golovkin relentlessly pushed forward, landing big shots behind his jab, while Alvarez counter punched - often off the ropes - with savage efficiency.

So the stage is set for a Golovkin-Alvarez 2, likely sometime in the first half of 2018.

Once again, boxing can't seem to get out of its own way. Tom Loeffler, Golovkin's promoter, acknowledged as much. Canelo said he won't fight until May, but we have to see if he wants a rematch.

But Donaire became animated when talking about what the impact of egregious scorecards like Byrd's on Saturday has on both fighters and the sport. "Unfortunately, she didn't do well. She was off her mark".

"This is awful for sport of boxing", Golovkin said. "This is very bad for sport". "I'm certainly not a boxing expert but I do have 20-20 vision".

The numbers paint a murkier picture. He would then roar back just when it seemed like the end was near, and land a couple hard shots to the body or a whistling shot to the head to back Golovkin off, even if just for a short while. The boxer known for his crushing blows landed 218 punches to Alvarez's 169.

Despite the fact that Golovkin had spoken pre-fight of his intention to impose the "Mexican style" upon one of Mexico's greatest boxing sons - who himself is not a purveyor of the style - Kellerman feels that "Triple G" didn't fully embrace the mentality or ethos that goes with said approach.

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