Legendary MMA referee "Big" John McCarthy was on The MMA Hour earlier today and the subject of Keith Kizer was brought up. Kizer is the current executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) who has come under fire (again) recently for his defense of C.J. Ross' inexplicable scoring of Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez as a draw.
McCarthy did not speak highly of Kizer, suggesting he doesn't know enough about the fight game to be in his position.
"The truth is, Kieth Kizer is a person that does not know combative sports. He's never been part of them. He's never done them. He puts people [in positions] at times that maybe shouldn't be put. You tell me why C.J. Ross said the Floyd Mayweather fight was a draw. Did you watch it? My god, I had it 11-1. It wasn't even close. So if you're doing that, you keep putting those same people back, you don't care about the fighters. You don't care about them as athletes, you don't care about their livelihood. And you know what? You shouldn't be in that job. And if someone doesn't like what I said, too bad."
McCarthy also said that he has no interest in being a referee in Nevada while Kizer is in charge:
"They sit there and that person's the one that picks their referees, the one that picks their judges, and they've had some problems. Well, that's Keith Kizer's problem. I don't work for Kieth Kizer. I would work for an athletic commission; love to work for them. I would never work for Keith Kizer. Never.
"If he's in charge, if he's the executive director, I want nothing to do with it."
Big John had much more to say about Kizer, but the majority of it was speaking to Kizer's ineffectiveness in his role.
I've talked plenty in recent weeks about Kizer and needing to be fired if he fails to act on making sure judges are held accountable for scores that make no sense and continues to defend the scores as though the media and fans have no idea how to score a fight.
But the truth is that there is enough pressure politically that change could be forced regardless.