'Wrong' judge Ross steps down
Las Vegas - The judge who scored the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez a draw has taken indefinite leave.
CJ Ross stepped down from scoring professional fights in the
aftermath of criticism over the way she handled the big bout in Las
Vegas last weekend.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Wednesday that Ross had
emailed Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer
to request an indefinite leave of absence.
Ross scored the super-welterweight title match 114-114 even though
the undefeated Mayweather dominated for the most part en route to a
The other scores were 117-111 and 116-112 in favour of Mayweather.
Ross gave six rounds to Alvarez and was the only one of the three judges to score the eighth round in favour of the Mexican.
She also penalised Mayweather heavily for his inactivity in the
first few rounds and for not throwing many punches in the final rounds.
Her score attracted criticism from Mayweather's team.
Ross has been judging fights for 22 years. And it was not the first
time the 64-year-old came under heavy scrutiny for the way she scored a
She was one of two judges who enabled Timothy Bradley to earn a
split decision over Manny Pacquiao last year when many observers felt
the Filipino star had won.
The newspaper said Ross's judging licence would expire at the end of the year.