'Wrong' judge Ross steps down

Floyd Mayweather (AFP)
Floyd Mayweather (AFP)

Las Vegas - The judge who scored the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez a draw has taken indefinite leave.

CJ Ross stepped down from scoring professional fights in the aftermath of criticism over the way she handled the big bout in Las Vegas last weekend.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Wednesday that Ross had emailed Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer to request an indefinite leave of absence.

Ross scored the super-welterweight title match 114-114 even though the undefeated Mayweather dominated for the most part en route to a majority decision.

The other scores were 117-111 and 116-112 in favour of Mayweather.

Ross gave six rounds to Alvarez and was the only one of the three judges to score the eighth round in favour of the Mexican.

She also penalised Mayweather heavily for his inactivity in the first few rounds and for not throwing many punches in the final rounds. Her score attracted criticism from Mayweather's team.

Ross has been judging fights for 22 years. And it was not the first time the 64-year-old came under heavy scrutiny for the way she scored a championship fight.

She was one of two judges who enabled Timothy Bradley to earn a split decision over Manny Pacquiao last year when many observers felt the Filipino star had won.

The newspaper said Ross's judging licence would expire at the end of the year.

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