Cunningham urges CJ Ross to retire, says take action on judges for ‘nutty scores’
Former world cruiserweight champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham has spoken out following the outrageous scorecard posted by CJ Ross in the high-profile clash between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas earlier this month.
The 37 year-old, who has held the IBF title on two occasions, believes that the 114-114 card handed in by Ross should be scrutinized and an overhaul of the judging system needs to be considered.
“There should be changes to the way these judges are trained and they should be disciplined if they come up with some wacky scores that are obviously bogus,” Cunningham explained to World Boxing News.
“It’s not just Las Vegas either, judges are coming up with nutty scores all over the world and should be made to publicly review and explain how they judged their cards in these cases.
“The way they judge should be looked at when their scores look corrupt, biased or just flat out uneducated.”
Cunningham revealed that he has certain judges he refuses to be allowed to participate in his own bouts and in the case of Ross, who recently announced she would take time out from the sport, the American says the move should be permanent.
“There a list of bad judges going around that I will not accept any if assigned to my fight,” said Cunningham.
“I think CJ Ross should retire now after that card. I think she is going to destroy someone’s career, their earning power and future when scoring fights like that.”
The Philadelphian suffered an injustice of his own recently when fighting Tomasz Adamek for the second time in December 2012, where the vast majority of those who viewed the fight believed Cunningham to have done enough to take the victory.
Adamek was eventually award the Pennsylvania contest 116-112, 115-113, 113-115, meaning Cunningham missed out on becoming the number contender with the IBF as a result of yet another poor decision.