The now famous (or infamous) Judge CJ Ross has decided to step down from judging following the backlash resulting from her poor job officiating last Saturday’s bout between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, effectively putting an end to her 22 year career as a boxing judge. Ross’s scorecard of a draw stood in sharp contrast to the other two judges who awarded to the fight to Mayweather 117-111 and 116-112, as well as many fans and pundits who saw Mayweather pitch an almost shutout performance.
It was just over a year ago Ross also generated controversy along with another judge when they scored the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight for Bradley, when most observers felt that Pacquiao deserved the nod. In fairness, many of the rounds in that fight were close and could have been difficult to score. That was not the case this past Saturday.
Ross was scheduled to meet with Bill Brady, the Chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, on Tuesday in order to review Ross’s scorecard. While they did meet and discuss the scorecard according to reports, they did not review tape of the fight. Instead, Ross decided to take an indefinite leave from boxing. The 64 year old judge did not necessarily rule out a return, though it seems unlikely the Nevada State Athletic Commission would renew her license when it expires at the end of the year.