Adalaide Byrd confirmed as judge for Briedis v Glowacki world title fight
Adalaide Byrd was amazingly confirmed as a judge for the Mairis Briedis v Krzysztof Glowacki world title fight in Riga, Latvia.
Byrd, who is one of the most polarizing officials in the sport, was slated to have input to the outcome f the contest.
Earlier the WBC had withdrawn from sanctioning due to an argument over the split of the referee and judges.
Results from earlier in the night saw Yuniel Dorticos scored a tremendous one-punch knockout of Andrew Tabiti to secure the IBF cruiserweight title.
‘The KO Doctor’ lived up to his name with a crunching tenth round blow, which rendered Tabiti unconscious.
With the win, the Cuban booked his place in the World Boxing Super Series final.
Tabiti began well in the early stages. But soon ran out of steam under relentless pressure from Dorticos.
Taking over from the third onwards, Dorticos overcame a bad cut in the sixth to regain his composure.
A head clash opened up the gash just under the eyebrow. Soon after Tabiti was deducted a point for holding.
From then on, Dorticos was cruising to victory until a devastating shot ended proceedings.
An all-out cruiserweight war between Nikolajs Grisunins and Vaclav Pejsar saw both fighters hit the canvas on separate occasions.
Pejsar was left bloodied and battered but gave as good as he got in the bout. In the end, Grisunins got the verdict after six.
In the TV opener at super middleweight, undefeated Jevgenijs Aleksejevs was given a split decision on the cards against the experienced Sergey Khomitsky.
Aleksejevs had seemingly done enough to take the win by at least a couple of points. But had to be content with the close triumph.
Upon the completion of the contest, scores read 58-57 twice to Aleksejevs and 58-57 to Khomistky.
At light heavyweight, Ricards Bolotniks dropped Gasan Gasanov with a crushing body shot, and downed him again before the fight was called off in the sixth.