Most boxing fans got their wish on Tuesday, as maligned judge C.J. Ross decided to take a break from the sport.
ESPN's Dan Rafael provided this quote from Ross following the controversy that surrounded her scoring of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez fight: "I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch," Ross wrote.
Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal initially reported the news:
Boxing judge C.J. Ross takes a self-imposed indefinite leave of absence from working fights.— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) September 18, 2013
Ross has received some major backlash in the last two days after scoring Saturday's fight between Mayweather and Alvarez—a battle that "Money" thoroughly dominated—as a draw, leaving Mayweather without the unanimous decision most pundits believed he deserved.
The other two judges scored the fight, 117-111, 116-112, in favor of Mayweather.
The decision served as a tipping point of sorts, as it was Ross' second controversial scorecard in just 15 months. Back in June 2012, she gave the win to Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao, even though most believed Pacman had controlled the fight.
Despite people calling for Ross' resignation after Saturday's "disgraceful" card, though, Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer recently backed her decision, per USA Today's Bob Velin.
However, now that Ross has stepped down on her own, NAC chairman Bill Brady sounded quite relieved, via Carp:
NAC chairman Bill Brady on Ross stepping down: "We appreciate the action that she took."— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) September 18, 2013
Kizer and Brady also noted that the selection process for judges will now undergo some changes, starting in time for the highly anticipated fight between Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in October:
NAC Ex. Dir. Keith Kizer said there will be a mandatory seminar for all NV judges to attend in Oct. or Nov. in Vegas.— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) September 18, 2013
Brady said changes to the selection process will take place immediately w/selection of officials for Marquez vs. Bradley on 10/12 at T&M.— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) September 18, 2013
Ross seemingly didn't have much choice in this matter. She had established herself as public enemy No. 1 in the boxing world, and there is little chance of her ever gaining respect in the community again.
With this recent run of controversial decisions, it is good to see the NAC amending the process and attempting to ensure this won't be a recurring problem.
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