Judging in boxing has always been controversial, but no judge is as widely despised as C.J. Ross. The fight with Canelo and Mayweather was clearly one-sided, although you can make the argument that Canelo hung in there at the beginning. The later rounds, however, saw a tired Alvarez getting countered and dominated by Floyd. Those later rounds were the ones in which “Money” Mayweather’s dominance was most present and yet these where the ones she scored for Canelo.
That wasn’t the only fight C.J. made an unpopular call. When Manny Pacquiao fought Timothy Bradley, she also scored it against Pacquiao. But in that fight, the other judges agreed with her. When they announced that Bradley had won, the crowd was vocal with their disagreement and the judges were booed loudly – for good reason. This fight damaged Pacquiao’s record and made a superfight with Mayweather much less likely.
So the question is, how many more bad calls can Ross get away with before boxing fans’ voices begin to resonate with the ABC? Richard Schaeffer, CEO of Golden Boy (the company that promotes Canelo), had this to say: “How that judge could be appointed after the decision of Bradley and Pacquiao is not a question I can answer. How can that happen? Is it going to happen again?”
Widespread complaints from all corners of the internet, including social media channels Twitter and Facebook, are demanding the removal of judge C.J. Ross. Instead of appeasing fans, Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Keith Kizer actually defended Ross, stating, “Just because a judge’s scorecard ends up even, doesn’t mean the judge necessarily thought the fight as a whole was even. It could be that a judge has six rounds for each fighter, but the six rounds she gave fighter A, she gave them to him easily and the six rounds she gave fighter B, they were really close rounds. That’s pretty much how it was last night.”
Paying close attention to the boxing community, it’s apparent that something needs to be done. But will another explanation defending Ross be enough to change the opinions of the masses? Promoters and commissioners alike need to be careful that a multi-million dollar event isn’t handled with the lack of attention to detail. Fans are bound to be disappointed and the inevitable and eventual outcome would likely be a further decline in professional boxing’s popularity.
As for the fans, what would you do to see things change? Would you sign a petition to permanently retire C.J. Ross as a Pro Boxing judge?