C.J. Ross, the Nevada boxing judge heavily ridiculed for turning in her second suspect scorecard in 15 months by scoring Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s dominant performance Saturday over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a draw, has effectively resigned.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal and television station KLAS first reported Tuesday that Ross has told the Nevada State Athletic Commission she is stepping down indefinitely.
Ross scored Mayweather-Alvarez 114-114 while judges Craig Metcalfe (117-111) and Dave Moretti (116-112) had Mayweather claiming the majority decision to improve to 45-0 far more comfortably.
Some veteran boxing writers informally scoring near ringside gave Mayweather every round.
KLAS reported Ross was to meet with Nevada State Athletic Commission 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 she told the television station she’s unsure whether she’ll ever reapply to judge again.
“To her credit, she does not want to take away from the story, being what a dominate performance by Floyd Mayweather,” said Keith Kizer, the commission executive director who named Ross to the Mayweather-Alvarez panel. “So, she has asked us if she can take some time off; we’ve agreed. It shows the type of person she is. Bill was very understanding and supportive. He agreed that that was a great avenue to take.”
Ross drew the scorn of many in boxing in 2012 when she and judge Duane Ford stunningly awarded hobbled Timothy Bradley a narrow split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao.
Brady told The Times in an email that Ross said: “I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch.”
In response, Brady said: “I respect her decision and her love for the sport and commission she has served for over 20 years.”