This isn’t exactly a big sign of confidence.
The match between Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1) on Saturday night in Vegas was a fantastic show of boxing, as two of the best in the sport launched punches at each other for all 12 rounds in what was eventually ruled a draw.
That ruling is getting a lot of controversy though, as one judge — Adelaide Byrd — ruled the fight 118-110 in favor of Alvarez in what most thought was a close fight but in favor of the unbeaten GGG. The other two judges ruled 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114 for an official split decision draw.
Obviously bizarre boxing decisions are nothing new to the sport, but Byrd’s ruling was enough to garner comment from Bob Bennett, the director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Bennett expressed confidence in Byrd, but even he said that the judge “had a bad night”.
For all of the past controversial rulings, rarely do you hear from the head of the commission outright saying that the judge had it wrong.
The ruling is significant, as this is the first professional fight in Golovkin’s career that he did not win. Golovkin entered the night 37-0 with 33 knockouts in his career, though Alvarez taking him the distance showed that this really was a close contest.
118-110, though? Even the HBO announcers for the fight, including ESPN’s Max Kellerman, thought that was a joke, with the group even referring to the 118-110 decision as “fiction” compared to what happened in the ring.