Blair Cobbs: Boxing's Ric Flair faces 23-2 opponent tonight
The very entertaining Blair Cobbs (13-0-1, 9 KO) steps into the ring tonight against Samuel Kotey Neequaye (23-2, 16 KO) on a fight card headlined by Ryan Garcia and Jorge Linares (in seperate bouts).
A polarizing welterweight who's happy to wear the black hat, Cobbs, boxing's newest bad boy, has generated a fair amount of press over the last 6 months.
What, wait? Who is this guy?
Blair 'The Flair' Cobbs is a walking WWE sideshow who models himself after pro wrestling legend Ric Flair. And like the latter years ago, the flamboyant Cobbs often unleashes a loud "WOOOOO!!" during interviews.
Pro wrestling fans long remember the animated Flair and his designer suits, outlandish robes and, of course, that zany, signature "WOOOOO!!"
During his long career, Ric Flair's colorful personality, defined by pomp and a devilish form of charisma, and in-ring prowess made him an elite-level entertainer.
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It was Flair, and another wrestler dubbed 'Hulk Hogan,' who, from the late 1970s to the late 90s, single-handedly transformed pro wrestling into a pop culture enterprise and American institution.
Is Blair 'The Flair' up to task?
He caused quite a stir in his most recent bout against Carlos Ortiz Cervantes (then 11-4, 11 KO) on November 2 on the Canelo vs Kovalev undercard broadcast by DAZN.
After being badly hurt and tasting the canvas in the opening stanza, the resilient Cobbs battled back to force a 7th Round stoppage as his foe refused to come out of the corner. But even that high-drama bout and fine performance paled in comparison to his pre and post-fight interviews.
He's so silly and obnoxious, it's kind of great.
So, is this fella good enough for people to care? Or, is he just a big mouth cherishing his few moments in the sun?
Perhaps we'll find out tonight... And maybe we won't.
The 30 year old Cobbs will face 36 year old Samuel Kotey Neequaye (23-2, 16 KO) of Ghana who is, on paper, Blair's most accomplished, most threatening opponent to date.
Neequaye, who debuted in January 2009, won his first 21 fights before being KO'd by unheralded Fernando Carcamo (then 15-5), in 2014. Since then, he's fought just three times, including a unanimous decision loss to Anthony Peterson (then 36-1) in 2016.
In his most recent bout, October 25, 2019, Neequaye TKO'd Sergio Gomez (then 20-26).
Having fought just once since his April 2016 loss to Peterson, Neequaye is ripe for the taking for an active, unbeaten, upwardly mobile foe like Cobbs.
Perhaps we won't learn how good Cobbs really is, tonight.... But, rest-assured, his pre and post fight interviews will be very entertaining.