Commentary: Boxing judges knock the honesty out of sport

Christian Orozco, Editorial Director
Christian Orozco, Editorial Director

Professional boxing judge C.J. Ross stepped down from her position on Sept. 17 and now the boxing world can exhale with relief.

Ross was the judge who scored the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight an even 114-114.

Although Mayweather won the decision, when the 114-114 scorecard was read by Jimmy Lennon Jr. it left fans scratching their heads and made Mayweather mouth the words, “What the f**k” on television, which was the reaction of many.

Anyone who saw the fight or looked at the statistics of the fight knows what I am talking about.

But even if you were not able to watch the fight, you can evaluate Ross as a judge from another controversial decision she made 15 months ago.

She was one of the two judges that gave the split decision, and a welterweight world title, to Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao.

“I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch,” Ross wrote in her email resignation.

As a fan I can only hope that when she says she will keep in touch she means the closest thing to boxing she will come to is on the television.

Ross is just one judge; there are still plenty out there that either need to step down from their position or get fired.

Ross served as a professional boxing judge for over 20 years and it was not until recently she was put under scrutiny.

Judges are single-handedly ruining the sport of boxing. They are making fans appreciate the knock out artist more because a knock out leaves nothing up to judges to screw up, but now it is scary to be a boxer like Mayweather.

Mayweather is not the type of boxer to knock someone out; he is going to frustrate his opponent with his slick defensive style and tactical counter punches.

His perfect unbeaten record could easily be tarnished by one incompetent judge.

If judges are choosing a winner before the match even begins, what is the difference between boxing and the WWE?

Leaving an entire 12-round match up to three people is mind-boggling. An incorporation of statistics could make things a little more fair.

I understand that judges are experts in the sport of boxing and that is why they hold these high positions in the sport.

But they are human and humans make mistakes and humans can easily be bought, boxing should prepare for the worst because what can go wrong will go wrong.

If a judge believes that they cannot score a match in a fair, conventional way, then they need to either knock themselves out or be knocked out.

Christian Orozco, a senior journalism major, is editorial director of the Campus Times. He can be reached by email at

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