It was billed as the fight of the year in boxing and it did live up to it…until we got the decision for the fight. On Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin put on a great boxing match for the middleweight championship.
Unlike that exhibition fight we saw from Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor last month. This time boxing gave us a “real super fight,” the problem is the judge’s score cards once again show why boxing is losing the casual fan.
I don’t have a problem that the fight was a draw because I thought it was a closer fight than what the commentators had you believe. Some people think that GGG won the fight, others thought that Canelo won the fight.
The problem I have is how is it that judge Adelaide Byrd gave a score of 118-110 in favor of Alvarez?
How is it possible that Byrd thought that Canelo dominated the fight so much that he deserved that score. Even the casual boxing fan could see that this was a close fight and one of the fighters was up by maybe one or two rounds and not dominating the other. The other two judges got it right.
Judge Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for GGG and judge Don Trella scored it 114-114 which gave us the draw. But once again, how is it possible that Byrd had it 118-110? This is what’s wrong with boxing.
Fans spend a lot of money on these “super fights” and then get robbed when it comes to the judge’s scorecards.
Flashbacks to the judgement from the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn debacle immediately came into my mind. And people wonder why the UFC is gaining momentum as oppose to boxing.
Now, I’m not saying that the UFC is perfect, but at least in the big fights, we get a clear cut winner.
We keep hearing from promoters that boxing is making a comeback and there is no doubt that we got a great fight tonight, but they need to change how they get judges, because clearly, Byrd didn’t show up for work today.
Maybe certain things were distracting her from the fight. Maybe Byrd was keeping up with the college scores on her phone.
Wait, I know what it is, Byrd was busy updating her fantasy roster for tomorrow slate of NFL games. Better yet, I think Byrd was possibly paid off by someone so they could collect the money from a bet that was made. As ridiculous as the last couples of sentences I just wrote are, they no way compare to the ridiculously score of 118-110 that she gave.
Boxing needs to fix this major problem that they have but in reality they won’t, they’ll say how unfortunate the outcome was but “just wait until the rematch, we’ll get the real winner there.”
But this time they’ll expect you to pay $100 for it.
Author: Mando ‘the Monster’ Medina – El Paso Herald-Post Sports Columnist | Previous stories HERE.