As a fan of the sport, there is nothing more exciting than a knockout with exception of maybe one thing. That exception would be seeing a master or a servant showing their exceptional skill over the distance of twelve three-minute rounds over an opponent. Although I may be in the minority when it comes to this, the skill it takes to master the art of the sweet science is a thing of beauty in my eyes. Here though comes the problem, the problem is the nervousness I get before the all-important scorecards are read before the crowd and the thousands or millions of viewers watching the telecast.
This my friends has become an all too familiar scenario especially within the past week. Although Floyd “Money” Mayweather came out the victor against a; out matched, out skilled, and out classed opponent in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez the judges left lots to be desired. C.J. Ross, who a year earlier was part of a very controversial decision having Timothy Bradley being victorious over Manny Pacquiao stunned the boxing world once again. The card she turned in read 114-114 when most boxing pundits could barely find a round for Canelo. Also, the other two judges (whom I think got unwarranted pass) had Canelo winning up to four rounds.
This is just one week after Raymundo Beltran traveled to the United Kingdom and received the worst decision of the year when he outclassed and humiliated champion (by paper) Ricky Burns in front of a home crowd. These instances happen way too often, prime examples: Lara vs. Williams, Abril vs. Rios, Campillo vs. Cloud. Only once in the case have these judges received punishment or been called into question in said previous fights. This has got to change and it has got to stop! Corruption is known in boxing and sadly in a lot of cases accepted in the public because of the sports past mafia ties and hidden agendas from promoters and even sanctioning organizations. This is a cancer to the sport that has to be dealt with and because it does affect fans and viewers even causal viewers may have been lost by one scorecard last night.
Until boxing sets standards or has a coalition of “watchers who watch the watchers” firmly in place, we can expect more of the same questionable scorecards and shady judging in future bouts. This affects not only its athletes but also the lifeblood of any sport or form of entertainment…its fans. These so called commissions need to be looked at and investigated themselves by outside authorities and also fire those who aren’t competent as any other job would. C.J. Ross is a prime example and as of last night face of the judging incompetence in boxing. We should all hope The Nevada Athletic Commission gets rid of her and hope the bigger problem is soon to follow.
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