Blair Cobbs continues hunting down bout with Jaron Ennis
Right now, within the welterweight division, there is currently a narrative that says Jaron “Boots” Ennis (28-0, 26 KO’s) is one heavily avoided fighter. Some might even go so far as call him a ‘boogeyman’ of sorts. Despite calling out all the top names such as Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr, the versatile Philly boxer has not penned the marquee showdowns that he would like too.
In fact, big name draw Keith Thurman has maintained that he is unaware of who Ennis even is. Yet, as a person who supposedly follows the sport closely, that is a tough sell that many aren’t buying. This becomes even more difficult to accept when realizing that Ennis is presently ranked #3 (IBF), #4 (WBA), #5 (WBO) and #6 (WBC). He is also coming off a very dominant first round stoppage of veteran Thomas Dulorme. Just because some don’t want the smoke however, does not mean that no one does. Speaking of the willing, in steps the Cheech and Chong minded Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KO’s).
IN THE MEANTIME?
Like Jaron Ennis, Cobbs is a welterweight with a following who is seeking those career defining fights. Admittedly though, Boots’ name and reputation have far more luster than do Cobbs. Nevertheless, not having the same pedigree has not impeded the Flair in attempting to score a dustup with Ennis. In fact, Cobbs didn’t even let Ennis exit the arena after beating Dulorme before he was already pressing for a collision.
To this point, Boots does not appear to be overly pressed about facing or silencing Cobbs. That should not come as a terrible surprise. Ennis certainly enjoys greater critical acclaim, not to mention that Cobbs can’t be found anywhere in any of the major sanctioning bodies’ top 15 welterweight rankings. Going a step further, and if being honest, the Flair is known far more for his out of the ring hijinks than he is for his boxing acumen or potential.
Having patterned his persona after wrestling legend Ric Flair, Cobbs is definitely an interesting human being to watch in action. There is no denying that his aggressive style is fan-friendly. So it should come as no surprise that Cobbs is trained by the infamous, and knockout crazed, chief second Freddie Roach. Being that he is hungry and connected to greatness, the Flair is looking for his shot at the top with ferocity.
In a recent interview with Fight Hype, Blair Cobbs once again doubled down on his desire to test his might with the red hot contender.
“They know what the smoke is, they know that Blair the Flair is the real deal and that’s why they don’t want it! That’s just the problem. But that’s the problem with boxing, we need fighters taking gambles, taking risks. That’s why I called him out when no one else would. Fuck it, I’ll fight him!”
Cobbs, while eccentric, is also realistic.
“I would want to do it on a big attraction, but that’s if it’s even possible. We still have a whole lot going on with DAZN and PBC and a whole lot of this and that. And, of course, people not wanting to just take the fight in general. But we got to work on our craft and keep moving up the ladder.”
By: Bakari Simpson