In this writer’s memory the judging in the first Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight makes one wonder how competent or honest are the judges in Nevada?
Adalaide Byrd’s score of 118-110 for Alvarez has to stand out as one of the most controversial scores this writer has ever seen. Alvarez stopped fighting and decided to run the last 7 rounds of this fight seem to get overlooked. Don Trella’s 114-114 was also questionable. This was in September of 2017. Rumors were Byrd would be suspended for 30 days. Her next assignment was 5 weeks later. It would be almost a year to the day before there was a rematch.
Another bout that stands out in this writers mind was the first Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev fight. All 3 judges scored the fight 114-113 for Byrd. Ward suffered a knockdown in that one. This was in November of 2016. The decision was enough to have a rematch with Kovalev ahead on 2 of the scorecards before being stopped in the eighth round some 7 months later. Just 3 months later Ward decided to retire from boxing and became a commentator. Good move on his part.
Going back to April of 2002 this writer remembers when Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was given a controversial decision to Jose Luis Castillo. Though the scoring wasn’t close with scores of 116-111 and 115-111 twice the rematch took place 8 months later with the scoring closer but given rightfully to Mayweather.
With the return of boxing on June 11th the controversy continues in Las Vegas. Adam Lopez was given a questionable decision over Luis Coria. Steve Weisfeld and Tim Cheatam gave the decision to Lopez. Just 5 days later Giovani Santillan got a hotly disputed majority decision over Antonio DeMarco. Rare it was the commentators agreed it was a bad decision. The same judges in the Lopez-Coria fight Steve Weisfeld and Tim Cheatam had scores of 96-94 to Santillan.
So, don’t be surprised tonight if the strange scoring continues in Las Vegas.