By David G. Firestone
I am what is called a “casual” fan of boxing and mixed martial arts. If it’s on, I’ll watch it, but it’s not my favorite. I don’t buy pay per views, since for me, it isn’t worth the money. This is imporant to state, because of what went on in the Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight last night. This is the kind of thing that can and will turn casual fans off of boxing for good.
Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin has been praised by fans as a great match, but nobody is talking about that right now. Everybody is talking about the fact it was scored a draw, because of a questionable score by one of the judges. Judge Adalaide Byrd turned in a 118-110 in favor of Alvarez. There were audible gasps as this was announced, and now there are accusations of corruption.
Adalaide Byrd has an established history of questionable decisions and questionable scoring, yet she seems to judge a large number of title fights. How she manages to keep a job as a judge is beyond me! For someone who judges a lot of fights, you would think she would be better at it! Someone explain to me how a judge who has an established history of questionable scoring is allowed to judge high level fights! In any other occupation, she would have been fired for incompetence a long time ago!
This is proof that boxing should leave Las Vegas for good. I say this because the Nevada State Athletic Commission has proven itself to be unreliable and has abused its power at every turn. Apparently the NSAC was watching a different match, because they flat out defended her! This is a quote from Bob Bennett, the head of the NSAC:
“She’s done over 115 title fights and/or elimination bouts. She does a great deal of our training. Takes a lot of our judges under her wing. I think being a judge is a very challenging position. Unfortunately, Adalaide was a little wide. I’m not making any excuses. I think she’s an outstanding judge, and in any business, sometimes you have a bad day. She saw the fight differently. It happens.”
Yes she saw the fight differently, she seems to see a lot of fights differently, AND THAT’S THE WHOLE PROBLEM! Someone explain this to me! This has to be corruption. The casinos made a lot of money off this fight, so it doesn’t seem unlikely that there could have been a back door deal. The NSAC and Adalaide Byrd need to be federally investigated. Boxing has had a lot of issues with corruption over the years, and this is another example of why casual fans are turning away from boxing.
Boxing does not need Nevada. MMA does not need Nevada. Nevada needs boxing and MMA. If Nevada wants to get boxing and MMA, there needs to be a regime change. The NSAC has proven to be a corrupt kangaroo court, and needs to go. I’m going to continue watching pro wrestling, at least pro wrestling is up front about their matches being fixed!