It's rare to see fallout from judging controversy to the extent we've seen in the wake of Floyd Mayweather's majority decision over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. In fact, it's rare to see any fallout from poor judging.
The public has been quite vocal -- and the media mobilized to a rare degree -- in the wake of C.J. Ross' inexcusably bad 114-114 draw scorecard we saw NSAC executive director Keith Kizer defend her, NSAC chairman Bill Brady take the blame, saying he should have prevented her appointment and Ross step down from judging.
That Ross stepped down and removed the possibility for Kizer's stated defiant attitude where he suggested he'd continue putting Ross -- who'd also turned in one of the two inexcusable Bradley over Pacquiao cards -- into big time title fights. But there needed to be some long term changes made to address bad judging going forward.
Yesterday, Steve Carp tweeted out that Brady was looking to change things going forward and even had to apologize to the governor for the embarrassment caused by Ross:
Brady said he talked to @GovSandoval and that he apologized to the Gov. for any embarrassment the judging caused for the state.— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) September 18, 2013
Brady said changes to the selection process will take place immediately w/selection of officials for Marquez vs. Bradley on 10/12 at T&M.— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) September 18, 2013
That selection takes place Sept. 25 at NAC meeting. Brady: "We will have serious questions for Keith & we won't be a rubber stamp anymore."— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) September 18, 2013
It has been the trademark of the NSAC that judging assignments are announced and then "rubber stamped" as Brady put it.
Knowing that actual thought will be put into assignments and performance will matter (assuming there is actual follow-through by the commission) is a good thing. It suggests that boxing and MMA will see better judging in the future.
As I stated previously, the commission's primary role should be to provide a safe and fair environment for fighters. Eliminating the smugness from Kizer that somehow the judges just know how to score a fight better than you directly addresses the "fair" aspect of their responsibilities.