In what was a big night for boxing with the sports biggest and most recognizable star in Floyd Mayweather putting on a clinic over rising star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, it was a shame that Mayweather won in a majority Decision because one judge scored it a 114-114 draw.
The judge who somehow saw Alvarez winning six rounds when any reasonable person disagree was Cynthia J. Ross, better known as C.J. Ross.
To put it simply, Ross is a disgrace to boxing. This is not the first time that Ross has scored a fight in favor of a boxer who clearly lost their fight. In the infamous fight that saw Timothy Bradley crowned the winner by split decision over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012. She was one of the judges who scored the fight in favor of Bradley when it was clear that Bradley won no more than four rounds in that fight.
Just to prove that her scorecard from that fight wasn’t a fluke, she again ends up scoring a fight to be close when it was nowhere near competitive. Ross gave Alvarez rounds one, three, eight, nine, 11 and 12. The fact that she had Canelo winning any round other than rounds three and 12 alone is ridiculous and preposterous.
Because of Ross’ ridiculous scorecard, instead of solely focusing about what was clearly one of Mayweather’s best fights of his illustrious career, part of the conversation had to be devoted to discussing how absurd Ross was in scoring the fight a draw. This absolutely needs to be addressed, and the first step that needs to be taken is by revoking Ross’ license as a judge.
While the two fights mentioned above are high-profile mistakes and clear errors in judgement and ability, I am sure we will be able to identify more past fights that she scored in a manner which was completely out of line with what actually happened.
Simply put, Ross has clearly proven to be an ignorant, irresponsible, careless judge who has no respect for her profession or herself by not caring enough to score such big fights in line to what actually transpired. In the absence of any illegal activity to explain why Ross scored the Mayweather-Alvarez fight the way she did, it’s clear that the only explanation is incompetence.