The fact that experienced boxing judge CJ Ross scored the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez 114-114 draw has brought about accusations of corruption levelled towards her by many big names in the boxing community. Especially since CJ Ross scored the fight for Bradley over Pacquiao.
When Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced that the judges had come to a majority decision, it immediately brought murmurs from the crowd and a puzzled look from Floyd Mayweather and his entourage. After the fight Mayweather claimed he thought the score was a “joke”.
What made the scoring of the fight so shocking, aside from the fact nobody watching the fight had scored it anything near a draw, was that such a sabsurd score could be given in a fight that the entire world was watching.
This is not the first time Cynthia J. Ross, aka CJ Ross, has handed in a questionable scorecard either. She scored the fight for Tim Bradley over Manny Pacquiao in another shocking decision that had the boxing world in an uproar.
But unlike the Bradley/Pacquiao, this time judge CJ Ross would not be let off the hook for her actions. Immediately following the fight, boxing analyst and commentator Teddy Atlas accused CJ Ross of corruption and alluded that she may have been paid off by gamblers.
What makes this accusation even more interesting is that the odds posted for the draw at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas opened at 30/1 and closed at as low as 10/1 due to rumors floating around about a possible fix. This happened around the same time it was confirmed CJ Ross would be judge for the fight.
Boxing fans and the boxing media alike took to social networks and voiced their outrage, calling for CJ Ross to be banned from the sport forever. Initially, CJ Ross defended her 114-114 score and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Keith Kizer backed her up.
“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.”
But the torrent of discontent was simply too much and it was been confirmed that CJ Ross has taken a “voluntary leave of absence” from boxing for an indefinite amount of time. This is usually a sign of guilt and an attempt to avoid the investigation that was sure to result from this latest atrocity.
Although the banning of CJ Ross will strike a blow against boxing corruption, it is unclear of whether the problem will be cleaned up anytime soon. The fact that CJ Ross was even judging the biggest fight in recent history despite being infamous for the Bradley/Pacquiao robbery is quite telling.