Mayweather-Alvarez judge takes leave of absence after controversy

September 18, 2013

Floyd Mayweather trouncedCanelo Alvarez on Saturday night. (John Gurzinski / AFP Getty Images)

The veteran boxing judge whose scorecard from the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight sparked a controversy has taken a leave of absence.

C.J. Ross, the only judge who scored the Saturday night bout even at 114-114, stepped aside before a meeting Tuesday with Nevada Athletic Commission officials and told KLAS-TV that she is not certain she’ll seek reinstatement. Her scorecard drew instant criticism from boxers, promoters, managers, media members and fans alike. The other two judges scored it 116-112 and 117-111 for Mayweather.

“She feels bad the focus is on her, not Mayweather,” NAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We recognize and respect C.J.’s decision.”

Ross, 64, has been judging fights for 22 years and was involved in a controversial outcome a little over a year ago when Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao. Her license expires at the end of the year and Saturday’s scoring didn’t escape the notice of Gov. Brian Sandoval, who appoints NAC members.

“I apologized to the governor for any embarrassment we may have caused the state,” NAC Chairman Bill Brady said. “He made me aware of his concerns. He wants things done right.”

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