C.J. Ross, controversial Nevada boxing judge, to take leave of absence

Jeff Bottari

C.J. Ross, the judge who blew two of the biggest fights in recent memory, has elected to take a leave of absence.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal (the paper has sued people for linking to them, so we're not) is reporting that C.J. Ross has taken a leave of absence from boxing.

Ross is the judge who became a magnet for controversy after she scored Saturday's Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez bout to be a 114-114 tie. For comparison the other judges, Craig Metcalfe of Canada and Dave Moretti of Las Vegas, scored the bout for Mayweather 117-111 and 116-112, respectively.

Much of the controversy around Ross' score card arose because she was one of two judges who scored the June 2012 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley bout in favor of Bradley, giving him a controversial split decision win. That scoring was so bad that only 3 of 55 journalists who scored the bout agreed with Ross and her fellow judge Duane Ford in awarding the bout to Bradley.

According to the LVRJ report, Ross emailed Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,"I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch."

"She feels bad the focus is on her, not Mayweather," Kizer said. "We recognize and respect C.J.'s decision."

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