The mishandled scoring of the middleweight showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin did more damage to the grassroots efforts to grow boxing than the sideshow spectacle between retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC champ Conor McGregor, says the president of Boxing BC.
“We should be talking about this as a fight of the year candidate and what are we doing? Were talking about Adalaide Byrd’s scorecard. It’s a real shame,” said Ryan O’Shea on Sportsnet 650. “We’re talking about the judging and the scoring of the bout rather than talking about or getting exited about the rematch between these two great fighters.”
O’Shea was in Las Vegas and scored the fight himself from his seat inside T-Mobile Arena. He told SN 650 hosts Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda that, once back home, he scored it a second time.
“I gave the first three rounds to Canelo and as the fight wore on, I thought GGG controlled the fight. He dictated the pace. He was the aggressor. I gave him Rounds 4 through 10, roughly, and then Canelo pulled the last two rounds,” said O’Shea. His scorecard read 115-113 in favour of Golovkin and he admonished Byrd’s card that had Alvarez ahead 118-110.
“That’s criminal. That judge should never be officiating another match,” said O’Shea. “You’re left asking questions.”
Despite the controversy, O’Shea has high expectations for a rematch, possibly set for May 5 – Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in Mexico also celebrated by many people in the U.S.
“Hopefully they find some neutral judges.”