Controversial Las Vegas judge CJ Ross is to step away from boxing in the wake of her highly-contentious decision to award Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez a draw against Floyd Mayweather Jr last Saturday night.
Ross was roundly criticised by the media and fans in the wake of handing in her 114-114 scorecard at the MGM Grand as the rest of the boxing world watched what seemed to have been a totally different contest. The judge even had the audacity to come out in defence of her night’s work, for which Ross was paid thousands of dollars for, a move which probably in the end made her position within the sport untenable.
In my view especially, Mayweather won every round, something that plenty of others, including ESPN’s Dan Rafael and Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports agreed with – which is why there was so much outrage at yet another incompetent decision by a supposedly professional judge.
According to the LA times, Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Bill Brady stated that Ross informed him she will be ‘taking some time off from boxing, but will stay in touch,’ without eluding to when and if she will return at all to her ringside post.
Pound for pound king Mayweather was clearly disgusted at the decision of Ross when awaiting the result in the ring – after being robbed of a clear unanimous decision that will forever be etched on his record.
Scores of 117-111 and 116-112 still don’t do the American’s performance any justice as Mayweather displayed one of the most comprehensive victories over a talented and highly-rated champion in recent memory.