Embattled Mayweather-Alvarez judge steps down

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Floyd Mayweather reacts after defeating Canelo Alvarez by majority decision Saturday night.
Floyd Mayweather reacts after defeating Canelo Alvarez by majority decision Saturday night. (USATSI)

After inexplicably scoring Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout with Canelo Alvarez a draw, Las Vegas boxing judge C.J. Ross has decided to step down amid a wave of criticism.

In an email to the Nevada Athletic Commission, the 22-year veteran judge said, in part, "I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch," according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Mayweather won the fight by majority decision, with Ross' score of 114 apiece keeping him from winning unanimously. The two other judges scored in favor of Mayweather 117-111 and 116-112.

"I can't control what the judges do," Mayweather, who was visibly displeased by the scoring decision, said after the fight.

NAC executive director Keith Kizer told the paper that there will be a seminar held for judges in the coming months, though this particular event had no bearing on the commission's decision to re-evaluate its scoring methods.

“We were planning to do a seminar before this happened,” he said. “We usually do one every couple of years, just like we do for our referees, our inspectors and others.”

 
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