Canelo Alvarez (L) of Mexico takes a punch from Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 14, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (Photo : Reuters)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will reportedly review the scoring of C.J. Ross that shocked everybody in last Saturday's light middleweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ross, who ironically was also the judge that gave Timothy Bradley an upset victory over Manny Pacquiao in the controversial welterweight title clash last year, suddenly became the most criticized judge in boxing history after presenting 114-114 score that cost Mayweather a unanimous decision victory.
A majority of boxing analysts, including ESPN's expert Dan Rafael, scored it a shutout win for Mayweather, but Ross' scoring drew much controversy.
"Floyd W12 majority! 116-112, 117-111 and CJ Ross strikes in another putrid card, 114-114. She had Bradley over Pacquiao," Rafael posted on his Twitter account moments after the score was unveiled.
The aftermath has been ugly for Ross, who was even accused of being involved in gambling by another boxing expert in Teddy Atlas. Many boxing fans who watched the fight were also not happy with Ross' questionable scores, some going as far as asking the commission to remove Ross from its roster of judges.
The commission's executive director Keith Kizer said they will make a review on the matter, but was quick to explain that disciplinary action isn't necessary in this case.
Kizer said he evaluates judges annually, and on a fight-by-fight basis. Ross, he said, is one of the NSAC's top judges, and he's not considering disciplinary action. "Discipline does not make sense here," he said. "It's a review process. What I plan to do is look at that eighth round.
"If I review a round and don't understand why the judge went that way, I'll (talk) with the judge. If I understand why the judge went that way, it would be unfair to criticize," Kizer said in an interview with Bob Velin of USA Today.
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