Contrary to numerous reports, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett, has confirmed that controversial boxing judge Adalaide Byrd is not under any form of suspension.
Byrd was highly criticized and came under heavy fire for her 118-110 scorecard in favor of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in last month's showdown with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout ended in a split draw, with the other two judges scoring it 114-114 for the draw and 115-113 for Golovkin.
This was not the first time where Byrd issued controversial scorecard in her career.
Byrd's scorecard was so outrageous that even Canelo's own promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, disagreed with her view of the fight. - which saw Golovkin only win two rounds
There was a loud outcry for Byrd to suffer the same fate as C.J. Ross, who was banned from scoring high profile fights after issuing controversial scorecards for the first Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight in 2012 and the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo in 2013.
That will not happen, says Bennett.
“She’s not on suspension,” Bennett said to the Las Vegas Review Journal. “We’ve rewatched the fight (Canelo-Golovkin) together and we went over her scorecard. We decided it would be best if she took a break. We’re expecting her back soon.”
Bennett would not confirm if Byrd will be judging high profile fights when she returns.
“That’s undecided at this point,” Bennett said. “It was one bad night. We want her to be OK mentally and then we’ll move on.”
When speaking to the paper, Bennett also denied allegations of any favoritism or rotation to please Nevada officials.
“There’s absolutely no rotation,” Bennett said. “The best of the best judge fights in Las Vegas. I try to find the best three judges and look at their track record and see if they’re the right fit for that particular fight.”