GGG's Promoter: Judge Who Scored Draw Must Also Take Blame!

Tom Loeffler, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), is not laying the complete blame on judge Adalaide Byrd for her scorecard of 118-110 in favor of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).

Last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Golovkin and Canelo fought to a controversial twelve round split draw.

Byrd had only given Golovkin two rounds. Don Trella's had a 115-113 verdict for Golovkin and Dave Moretti's 114-114 secured the draw ruling.


Loeffler is very confident that Golovkin clearly won the contest.

He believes Byrd's scorecard would be irrelevant if Morretti had swung his card in favor of Golovkin.

"We wouldn't be hesitant about coming back to Nevada but we'd be more selective with the officials that were assigned," Loeffler said to Sky Sports. "[Byrd's] scoring system doesn't fit GGG's style, so that gives an argument not to have her involved.

"I can't blame Vegas. [Moretti], who scored a draw, was from the east coast and we've had no problem with him before. The referee Kenny Bayless did an excellent job. So two out of three Vegas officials were fine, the one from the east coast had a draw, then the other [was Byrd].

"If [Moretti] didn't have a draw we wouldn't be talking about [Byrd's] scorecard. So we can't put all the blame on Byrd. [Moretti] needs to be held accountable too."

While Loeffler had no issue with any of the officials when they were presented, he will certainly have second thoughts in the future.

"We can appeal if there's a specific reason why a judge shouldn't be selected. Byrd has been appealed against for a Vasyl Lomachenko fight before. I looked at the overall group [last week], and I was OK, although [Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez] had concerns with Byrd. I figured that Moretti and Trella had judged several fights of ours in the past. Frankly, so had Byrd and we've never had an issue before so there was no reason to disqualify any of those three officials," Loeffler said.

There is a rematch clause on Canelo's end of the bout agreement, but there is no word if the Mexican superstar intends to exercise that option.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=Verus;18068023]Maybe they want "style points."[/QUOTE] thing you know we gonna have them moonwalking & break dancing for them "style points"

Comment by Rock&Roll on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=angkag;18071244]It wasn't her, just someone using the name and arguing from her perspective with a level of sarcasm that one could drown in (had best glasses there.....jabsdon't count......controversy caused by other judges not scoring for Canelo). ie not a Byrd…

Comment by jdp28tx on 09-20-2017

Man, Sanchez , GGG, and his team are starting to go too far now. They are starting to look like fools. Why not go after the judge who scored it 115-113, because it was not wide enough for them. Maybe…

Comment by angkag on 09-20-2017

[QUOTE=Rock&Roll;18071185]Yeah, but you get so many trolls on this site change their name and use alts. One minute it's Isaac Clarke, nek minute it's Robbie Barrett. So when u see A Byrd i assume it's some smart arse pretender, but…

Comment by Rock&Roll on 09-20-2017

[QUOTE=angkag;18068769]R&R, you do realise you were responding to a poster named A.Byrd right ?[/QUOTE] Yeah, but you get so many trolls on this site change their name and use alts. One minute it's Isaac Clarke, nek minute it's Robbie Barrett.…

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