Embattled boxing judge CJ Ross takes indefinite leave of absence following botched Mayweather vs Canelo score

Jeff Bottari

The judge who scored the biggest boxing spectacle of 2013 this past Saturday night in Las Vegas has decided to take a step back from the sport, following public outrage over her 114-114 draw for Mayweather vs. Canelo.

C.J. Ross, the boxing judge being universally thrashed for turning in her second questionable scorecard in a year and three months, has effectively resigned, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Ross was lambasted for scoring Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s dominant performance over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez last Saturday night (Sept. 14, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a draw.

See our results and live play-by-play here.

The fight, which is likely to return over two million pay-per-view (PPV) buys and witnessed by a select few smack dab in the heart of The Strip in "Sin City," anchored a card which featured no knockouts and a main event that to most, looked drastically one-sided in Mayweather's favor.

Ross, however, scored the fight (114-114) while Craig Metcalfe of Canada and Dave Moretti of Las Vegas each had Mayweather winning by scores of (117-111) and (116-112), respectively. This doesn't even take into account the boxing fans, who damn near gave every round to the now 45-0 Mayweather.

Talk about giving me a bad name.

Ross was set to meet with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Chairman Bill Brady on Tuesday to review her scorecard, in which she alone awarded Alvarez the first and eighth rounds. Ross instead told Brady she wanted to step aside after 22 years as a judge and has since told a local Las Vegas television station she’s unsure whether she’ll ever reapply to judge again.

Her officiating license expires at the end of the year, making one of two scenarios likely: Either Ross won’t reapply or, if she does, the commission won’t renew it.

This past Saturday wasn't the first time Ross has been the focal point of poor boxing judgement. Timothy Bradley’s last fight in Las Vegas, against Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand, also ended in controversy because of her scoring.

When all was said and done, Ross had "Desert Storm" winning a fight many believe "Pac Man" won handily.

Ross, who has been judging fights for 22 years, initially defended her scoring process, but has since decided that it is for the best of the sport and the commission for her to take a break. Now if only Adalaide Byrd would catch wind of this revolutionary way of thinking!

To watch full "Mayweather vs. Canelo" main event video highlights online click here.


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