Shitty Boxing Judge C.J. Ross to Go Fuck Self, World Rejoices

Shitty Boxing Judge C.J. Ross to Go Fuck Self, World Rejoices

In a satisfying development, one of the judges who has been ruining boxing with her flagrantly wrong scorecards is hanging her head in shame and withdrawing into a stupor of depression and painkiller abuse. C.J. Ross, who was one of the two judges who awarded the Pacquiao-Bradley fight earlier this year to the wrong fighter and erroneously scored the Mayweather-Alvarez fight last weekend a draw, is taking a leave of absence from boxing:

“I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch.”

That sounds like a nice way of saying “I’m going to go eat shit,” but OK. In a comical display of how inept and inertia-driven it is possible for political appointees to be, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer defended the appointment of Ross as a judge even after she had borked the Pacquiao-Bradley judging earlier this year, singlehandedly messing up the entire outcome of the fight. Fortunately, one of the NSAC Commissioners, Bill Brady, has owned up to some responsibility and promised changes in how judges are appointed:

I accept the blame for that. I, as chairman, let the public down. I could have done something about it, and we chose to go the way we did.

I can guarantee there will be some changes. We have to protect the fighters, the viewing public and the betting public. We’re going to look at our vetting process. It needs to be more thorough. We have to get this right.

The really unconscionable thing is that for Kizer’s part, he didn’t stop at defending the appointment of Ross as a judge. Kizer actually defended Ross’ indefensible scorecard:

Kizer said when he told Ross she had scored it a draw, she was surprised. “Good judges, they don’t keep track of their scores,” he said. “It’s a round-by-round scoring system. All three judges thought Mayweather was the better fighter, that he won that fight as a whole. Because one judge had it even on the scorecard doesn’t mean that judge thought both fighters did equally well.”

“Let’s say you don’t agree with her on the eighth round,” Kizer said. “One round out of 24 you disagree with her and you think she should never judge again? “How is that nothing more than mob mentality?

“I understand why there’s criticism, because people think of the entire fight and think Mayweather was certainly the better fighter, so how can you have a draw?” he added. “The answer is the scoring system.”

Allow Dick to join BloodyElbow’s Brick Shithouse in wondering why Kizer gets to keep his job at this point. The idea that he could defend Ross’ nonsensical scorecard on grounds of “blah blah the scoring system” doesn’t really hold up when there are disputed rounds that pretty clearly should have gone the other way. Kizer is the epitome of the crusty old bureaucrat—a Boss Tweed without the money.

The problem is, now that we have PPVs that gross over $100 million, the money is too big to ignore the problem completely any longer. Fortunately, this also portends well for MMA, because boxing and MMA judges are selected by the same body. I hope this brings about a much-needed change in the basic appointment process of combat sports judges. It is no longer appropriate to do this in smoke-filled rooms; the public deserves better than to have judges like C.J. Ross ruin consecutive major fights and then withdraw quietly into the night.

  • Voice of Reason

    Keith ‘I’m determined to do nothing whatsoever’ Kizer.
    Better drug tests? Nah. Better judges? No need. Monitors for judges? That’s why we have 3 judges! (actual quote)
    Fuck this guy.

  • C.raig J.ones

    There are 3 judges in order to keep the others in check,Thus, two judges awing the same way there is always another opinion.
    *remember the old saying “dont judge a book by a cover” This fight is the same thing>
    Even if the athlete looks fast the blows dont connect but in person its different”you can see with your own eyes……no cameras tricks or flaws”

    sincerely Yours ,
    C.J.

  • Voice of Reason

    ERmmm…. the screens are there IN CASE the judges couldn’t see (remember they sit at the bottom of the cage and sometimes the ref is covering the whole thing with their body)…. If u remember shogun v. machida 1, a judge said they would’ve scored it differently because they couldn’t see properly.

    3 judges is there so it’s more than just 1 guy’s opinion.

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