The head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission has come to the defense of boxing judge CJ Ross. Ross scored the Mayweather vs. Canelo bout a draw, 114-114, even though – literally — every person that watched the fight knew Mayweather had clearly dominated.
Everyone from Floyd himself to ESPN’s Teddy Atlas had comments calling the ruling a “joke” and “criminal”.
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer defended the judge to USA Today’s Bob Velin this afternoon.
“Just because a judge’s scorecard ends up even, doesn’t mean the judge necessarily thought the fight as a whole was even,” Kizer said. “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.”
While this explanation makes sense, somewhat, it still does not explain how CJ Ross was able to find six rounds for Canelo. The other two judges – Dave Moretti and Craig Metcalfe – scored the bout 116-112 and 117-111, respectively, in favor of Mayweather.
Ross was the controversial judge that scored in favor of Timothy Bradley in his bout against Manny Pacquiao last year as well.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, and the rest of the boxing world – fans included – wonders how Ross was able to be involved in another mega-fight.
“How that judge could be appointed after the decision of Bradley and Pacquiao is not a question I can answer,” Schaefer said in the USA Today report. “How can that happen? Is it going to happen again?”