Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez compete during their during their WBC and WBA super welterweight titles fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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(USATODAY.com) - Following a controversial decision to score Saturday's fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez a draw, experienced Las Vegas boxing judge C.J. Ross has taken a leave of absence from working fights for the immediate future, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
In a bout that to most looked drastically one-sided in Mayweather's favor, Ross scored the fight 114-114. Craig Metcalfe of Canada and Dave Moretti of Las Vegas were the fight's other two judges; each had Mayweather winning by scores of 117-111 and 116-112.
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The 64-year-old Ross' score started a whirlwind of criticism throughout the boxing world, which led to her decision Tuesday to email Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer, revealing that she is placing herself on indefinite leave.
"I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch," Ross said in her email.
Ross, who has been judging fights for 22 years, initially defended her scoring but has since decided that it is for the best of the sport and the commission for her to take a break.
"She feels bad the focus is on her, not Mayweather," Kizer said.