Much maligned boxing judge C.J. Ross decided to step away from the sport. Ross has received some major heat in the last two days after scoring Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez, a battle that Mayweather thoroughly dominated, as a draw.
The other two judges scored the fight, 117-111, 116-112, in favor of Mayweather.
This was Ross’ second controversial scorecard in just 15 months. Back in June 2012, she gave the win to Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao, even though most believed Pacquiao had controlled the fight.
Despite people calling for Ross’ resignation, Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer recently backed her on her decision. Kizer spoke to USA Today’s Bob Velin saying “Just because a judge’s scorecard ends up even, doesn’t mean the judge necessarily thought the fight as a whole was even.” Kizer continued, “It could be that a judge has six rounds for each fighter, but the six rounds she gave fighter A, she gave them to him easily and the six rounds she gave fighter B, they were really close rounds. That’s pretty much how it was last night.”
However, now that Ross has stepped down on her own, NAC chairman Bill Brady sounded quite relieved, via Steve Carp:
Kizer and Brady also noted that the selection process for judges will now undergo some changes, starting in time for the highly anticipated Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight in October.
With this recent run of controversial decisions, it is good to see the NAC amending the process and attempting to ensure this won’t be a recurring problem.