I think we’ve all had Skeptical Hippo eyes when it comes to draws in Combat sports. Tyson Fury vs Wilder, Canelo vs Golovkin 1, Sugar Ray vs Hearns 2… Just to name a few.
In the earlier days, controversial finishes were mostly based on gambling and who Vegas would push for the win. Pacquiao vs Bradley in most recent memory. I remember watching that fight at a friends house. As soon as the fight was over I left, thinking that Pacquiao had won the fight decisively. Driving home, my buddy called me to say that Timothy Bradley won by decision. I couldn’t believe it until I got home and checked for myself. I said to myself , “That’s boxing”.
Fast forward to September, 16 2017 where Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golvkin fought to a decision of a Split Draw. Although most of the public (including myself) had Golovkin winning by a tight margin, somehow Adelaide Byrd scored it 118-110 for Alvarez. The other judges, Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 for GGG and Don Trella scoring 114-114 for the decisive draw. I’ll get to Adalaide Byrd soon.
The Boxing world felt that the fix was in on this one only because of the money HBO and the fighters could make on the rematch. If GGG was awarded victory there was no reason to have the fight again. Boxing at the time was struggling and needed big fights. The only other hyped fight at the time was between an MMA fighter and a retired Boxer. Boxing was looking for the big money fights.
Adalaide Byrd is known to have scored fights very unevenly. Her knowledge of the sport has been questioned, and her credibility has been dragged through the mud by people like Joe Rogan and Oscar De La Hoya.
“look she’s a very nice lady, but so is my mom and i wouldn’t want her calling any fights” – Joe Rogan.
Her involvement in MMA hasn’t been well received. I don’t believe she can be blamed for this. She is a boxing judge that has little to no understanding on what happens when the fighters use anything but their hands. The issue isn’t Adalaide Byrd, it’s how we judge fights. The system is too broken and too corruptible.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder. The most anticipated fight since the aforementioned Canelo vs GGG fight. This fight will go down in history as one of the craziest finishes ever.
Fury was clearly dominating the fights, using his superior boxing skills. He made Wilder look sloppy at times. All until round 9 when Wilder dropped Fury. Referee Jack Reiss starts his count which was, according to Wilder, too slow. When Reiss reached 8 Fury’s eyes sprung open like The Undertaker and finishes the round while dominating.
Fury outboxed Wilder in 9 out of 12 rounds, but the knockdown in the 9th gave Wilder a bump. The fight was deemed a Split Draw. Everyone assumed that it was a fix on either side because of the potential for a rematch.
All this to say… Boxing is fixed and its so promotions can take more money from their fans. Like me!