State athletic commissions are criticized often enough in boxing and MMA circles that they probably should be used to it.
Nevada’s, in particular, gets the bulk, if for no other reason than the sheer amount of events it handles. But when it hosted the megafight between Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin in September, the scoring pretty much took the lid right off the jar.
Most observers thought the fight was a close one. Naturally, each side thought it had done just enough to win at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But the fight was ruled a draw.
Dave Moretti had the fight 115–113 for Golovkin. Don Trella scored it 114-114. But it was Adalaide Byrd who was understandably put through the ringer by pretty much anyone who paid attention to the fight when she scored it 118–110 for Álvarez.
A rematch is likely to happen, but Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler isn’t quite sure it will take place in Nevada. Not after what went down there.
“It really wasn’t a question in our mind,” Loeffler recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “It was a great event, it lived up to all the hype – the action in the ring lived up to the billing. It’s just unfortunate that people are talking about the scoring instead of the fight itself.”
Loeffler, from K2 Promotions, said the Golovkin side will have to meet with NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett about the problems that came from Byrd’s scoring, in particular.
“We’ll sit down with Bob (Bennett) and there are some things we’d want to address if the fight goes back to Vegas – we won’t rule out Vegas, but I know there was some hesitation from the ‘GGG’ side,” he said. “He’s never had that issue when he’s fought in California or New York or even in London. We just want to make sure it’s a fair playing field for both sides.”
But Loeffler said he doesn’t blame everyone for the draw. Certainly not Dave Moretti or referee Kenny Bayless. Byrd, though? She was given a break by the NSAC from judging high-profile boxing and MMA fights for a while. And Trella had one big issue that helped lead to the fiasco, too, he said.
“Dave Moretti, who’s from Nevada, had ‘GGG’ winning by a point, and we thought either one round or two rounds (ahead for ‘GGG’) was the right score,” Loeffler said. “And then Don Trella, who’s actually a neutral judge form Connecticut, he scored the seventh round, which I thought was one of Gennady’s best rounds of the fight, he scored that for Canelo, and that’s how he came up with a draw. So even though Adelaide Byrd took a lot of heat because or her wide score, had Don Trella scored it the way Dave Moretti scored it, we wouldn’t be talking about this.”
Check out the video above for more from Loeffler about the fight.
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