Time does not necessarily heal all wounds. The boxing community is still up in arms about the dreadful score submitted by judge C.J. Ross on Saturday night that had Canelo Alvarez on par with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The pound-for-pound king put on another master-class performance, landing 115 more punches than his 23-year old opponent and was hardly touched throughout the one-sided 12-round affair, yet Ross scored the fight even at 114-114. This is not the first time she has been unable to differentiate between the four basic scoring criteria within this sport and whatever else it is upon which she places value when judging a boxing match.
While time and experience should be beneficial in the development and progress within one's chosen profession, that has not been the case with Ross. In a history of her assigned fights listed by BoxRec.com, this is the sixth time since 2011 that Ross has scored a bout controversially.
Of those six fights, Ross scored five of them as draws. This, in and of itself, is an issue. What value is she adding if unable to clearly identify the fighter who exhibits the overall cleanest punching, most effective aggressiveness, greatest ring generalship and better defense with such frequency? Match-ups in boxing do not ordinarily yield such even results, with draws typically being more of an exception than such a common occurrence. The other judges in these five bouts scored the fight in favor of the same fighter, resulting in majority decision victories.
In the one fight that she did declare a winner, it was considered one of the worst decisions in boxing history. She was one of two judges to give Timothy Bradley a controversial split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012 with a score of 115-113.
Despite these results, Ross continues to be assigned fights, including high profile bouts such as Saturday night's mega-fight between Mayweather and Canelo. The next pay-per-view event will take place on October 12 in Las Vegas when Juan Manuel Marquez takes on Bradley for the WBO welterweight title. One can only hope she will not be there in any capacity.
Ross may not be able to identify the right winner (or any winner for that matter), but boxing is the biggest loser if the Nevada State Athletic Commission does not immediately rectify this situation.
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