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Canelo-Golovkin: NSAC to bench judge following controversial scorecard

Bob Bennett says judge Adalaide Byrd needs a break from judging big fights.

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s executive director, Bob Bennett, tells the LA Times that judge Adalaide Byrd needs “a small break” from judging big fights after turning in a roundly criticized 118-110 scorecard in favor of Canelo Alvarez this past weekend.

That unthinkably wide scorecard, which had Golovkin winning only two rounds of the fight, paved the way for Canelo to earn a split draw against Gennady Golovkin in a fight most people believe Golovkin clearly won.

“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bennett said. “She’ll still be in the business … but she needs to catch her breath.”

“Like in any profession, you have a bad night,” Bennett said. “Unfortunately, she didn’t do well. I can tell you she conducts training for us, takes judges under her wing … but her score was too wide.”

It doesn’t exactly breed confidence in the scoring system that a judge with such a checkered history of highly questionable scorecards is the one acting as a mentor and training other judges — but perhaps she’ll need a breather from that as well.

Abel Sanchez, the trainer for Golovkin, thought her scorecard was so off-base that he believes Byrd had her score sheet filled out before the fight even begun.

The NSAC director finished by mentioning that he’ll be ordering a meeting with Byrd in the near future to discuss her scoring of the fight.