In case you have been under a rock, you have heard of the Mayweather/Alvarez decision, and the utter stupidity of judges. But let’s be honest, this is why Boxing is having problems with MMA, a subject I may have to cover in another column one day.
But lets get to the subject at hand.
Lets be upfront. Mayweather is a point fighter. He has a solid chin, and some of the best footwork in boxing history. Why did I think Alvarez had no shot? Because Alvarez wasn’t able to finish Cotto or Mosley. That made me think he wasn’t going to get solid enough shots to stop Money.
You have to stop Mayweather to win, bottom line. He is the greatest point fighter in Boxing History.
In 45 fights, only ONCE has he not gotten the nod from the judges- and that was in 2007, when Tom Kaczmarek scored that fight 115-113 for De La Hoya. That also had a bit of controversy, with Compubox stating Mayweather out-landed De La Hoya 207–122 in total punches and 134–82 in power punches, with better accuracy throughout the fight.
But lets talk Ross.
She has a LONG history of being . . uh, in the minority.
The partial list.
2002, July 13 – Kevin Kelley vs. Humberto Soto for the NABA Super Featherweight Title. Ross was the only judge not scoring the bout in favor of Kelley, instead having it as a draw. Scores: Carol Castellano 116-112, Paul Smith 115-113, C.J. Ross 114-114.
2005, June 10 – Gerardo Cesar Prieto vs. Lamar Horne – Ross was the only judge who did not score the bout in favor of Prieto. Scores: Bill Graham 57-56, Al Lefkowitz 57-56, C.J. Ross 56-57.
2007, July 28 – Don Juan Futrell vs. Hector Camacho Jr. – Ross was the only judge not to score the bout in favor of Futrell. Scores: Robert Hoyle 76-75, Dave Moretti 76-75, C.J. Ross 75-76.
2008, Feb. 7 – Kendall Holt vs. Ben Tackie – Ross was the only judge who did not score the bout handily in favor of Holt, instead scoring the bout as a draw. Scores: Richard Houck 98-92, Paul Smith 98-92, C.J. Ross 95-95.
2009, July 3 – Rodrigo Romero vs. David Springer (1st meeting) – Ross was the only judge to score the bout in favor of Springer. Scores: Glenn Trowbridge 39-37, Richard Ocasio 39-37, C.J. Ross 37-39.
2011, May 7 – Rodel Mayol vs. Javier Gallo – Ross was the only judge not scoring the bout handily in favor of Mayol, instead seeing it as a draw. Scores: Jerry Roth 98-92, Lisa Giampa 98-92, C.J. Ross 95-95.
2011, July 23 – Josiah Judah vs. Rafael Jastrzebski – Ross was the only judge not scoring in favor of Judah. She instead had the bout a draw. Scores: Richard Ocasio 59-55, Jerry Roth 58-56, C.J. Ross 57-57.
2011, Aug. 13 – Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares (1st meeting) for the WBC Silver and IBF Bantamweight Titles. Ross was the only judge not scoring Mares as the winner, instead seeing that bout as a draw. Scores: Adalaide Byrd 111-115, Oren Shellenberger 111-115, C.J. Ross 113-113.
2011, Nov. 12 – Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Luis Cruz for the WBC Silver and WBO Latino Super Featherweight Titles – Ross was the only judge who did not score the bout heavily in favor of Burgos, instead seeing it as a draw. Scores: Duane Ford 98-92, Richard Ocasio 97-93, C.J. Ross 95-95.
2012, June 9 – Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight Title. Ross, along with Duane Ford and Jerry Roth, received heavy criticism for their scoring, as many thought Pacquiao cruised. Scores: Duane Ford 113-115, Jerry Roth 115-113, C.J. Ross 113-115.
Interestingly enough, this is the 7th time that Ross has scored a draw, when the other two judges have it for the same guy.
How on earth she keeps getting jobs of this caliber? No idea.
But I’ll have the same reaction as Money Mayweather did.
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