By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Oscar De La Hoya has come to the defense of Adelaide Byrd following the judges controversial 118-110 scorecard from Saturday night’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight.
The highly anticipated Canelo vs. ‘GGG’ fight lived up to hype as the two elite boxers traded bombs for twelve straight rounds much to the pleasure of fans in attendance and those watching around the world.
Unfortunately, the contest was left surrounded by controversy after the bout was ruled a split draw.
Byrd, who has been known for her unpredictable scoring, gave only two of the twelve rounds to Gennady Golovkin.
When her scorecard was read the crowd immediately showered her ruling with boos.
Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya was surprised by Byrd’s scoring but defended her competency at the post-fight press conference.
“A lot of people are not understanding 118-110, just like myself. That’s the bottom line. But I have to say Byrd is a competent judge, she’s been doing lots of world titles for many years.”
Oscar De La Hoya continued while sharing his personal scorecard from the Canelo vs. ‘GGG’ fight.
“But 118-110 is, OK, yes it is, and I can understand 115-113, 114-114, but personally I had it 7-5 for Canelo. And people can argue, it could have gone either way because it was such a good fight, probably one of the best fights we’ve seen in recent years. These guys fought their hearts out!”
“Gennady is a tremendous champion, and Canelo is a tremendous champion, and everyone has their opinion, and that is what made it such a great fight. And I do feel bad for Byrd for taking a lot of heat now, 118-110, that’s a pretty wide spread.”
Obviously Oscar represents Canelo, so scoring the contest 7-5 for his fighter does not come as a surprise.