CJ Ross, Criticized Mayweather-Alvarez Judge, Will Step Down

| by Sylvan Lane
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C.J. Ross, the boxing judge whose draw scorecard from Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez junior middleweight championship fight set off a storm of controversy, has stepped down, according to ESPN.

“Ross, 64, of Las Vegas, sent Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer an email on Tuesday saying that she would step away from the sport she has judged for more than 20 years,” ESPN reported, citing The Las Vegas Review-Journal

"I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch," Ross wrote.

Ross’ scorecard for Mayweather-Alvarez read 114-114. The matchup of the two undefeated fighters was far and away the biggest of the year, and it seemed everyone else viewed the fight as a fairly one-sided Mayweather win. The two other judges scored the fight for Mayweather 117-111 and 116-112, which was closer than many expected, but still a decisive victory for Mayweather, the world's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter.

Even Alvarez and his team did not dispute Mayweather's victory after the fight.

"We respect her decision, and appreciate her love of the sport she has served for over 20 years," Kizer said, according to ESPN "She came into the [commission] office [on Tuesday] and spoke with chairman [Bill] Brady, commissioner [Francisco] Aguilar and me. She did not get too in depth, especially without a DVD of the bout. She referenced it was round-by-round scoring, and that overall she thought Mayweather outperformed Alvarez.”

Ross was also recently criticized when she awarded Timothy Bradley Jr. a split decision victory and a welterweight world title after he fought Manny Pacquiao in June 2012, while many believed Pacquiao had handily won.

Kizer said a mandatory seminar will be held in October or November for Nevada judges.

“We were planning to do a seminar before this happened,” he said. “We usually do one every couple of years, just like we do for our referees, our inspectors and others.”

Sources: ESPN, The Las Vegas Review-Journal