Rocha vs. Cobbs Final Press Conference
Fighters on the Alexis Rocha vs. Blair Cobbs card on March
19 hosted their final press conference today at Golden Boy
HQ in Downtown Los Angeles. The fights are set to take place
at the University of Southern California's Galen Center and
will be streamed. worldwide on DAZN. Hosted by Beto Duran,
the event featured special interviews with Oscar De La Hoya
and Bernard Hopkins, as they each spoke highly about the
fighters on the fight card. In the main event, Alexis “Lex”
Rocha (18-1, 12 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA and Philadelphia’s
Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KOs), who are scheduled
to face off in a 10-round welterweight fight, were in
attendance as they both took turns taking verbal shots
against each other which ultimately culminated in a very
heated face off. Additional fighters in attendance also
featured on the DAZN stream, were Micheal McKinson (21-0, 2
KOs) of Portsmouth, GBR, Bektemir Melikuziev (8-1, 6 KOs)
and Evan Sanchez (10-0, 6 KOs) of Perlier, CA.
Fighters on the Golden Boy Fight Night live stream on
YouTube, Alex Rincon (9-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Texas, Los
Angeles' John “Scrappy” Ramirez (8-0,7 KOs) and Miguel Gaona
(1-0); and Alejandro Reyes (6-0, 4KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico;
were also onsite to talk about their developing careers and
the excitement of fight week in Los Angeles.
Below are what the fighters and their promoters had to say:
First off, I want to thank God, Robert Diaz and the Golden
Boy team for moving me up to the main event,” said Alexis
Rocha. “The fight was presented to him last November and
we didn’t fight. It wasn’t my fault. Kerobyan was your only
notable win. You’re acting like a clown here and there.
Let’s remember Blair. Just like there’s clowns in the
circus, there’s also lions and tigers there too. Remember
this face. You’re one fight from the commentary booth.
You’ll be announcing my fights after this.”
“There was no fight offered to me last November,” said
Blair Cobbs. “Am I the kind of person to turn down
fights? Does Blair the Flair look like he gives a shit… I
don't think so. I actually wanted that fight in November but
we couldn’t make it happen. Finally we made it happen. I did
not hesitate to sign this contract. Then we waited for
Alexis to sign. I’m looking for bigger and better fights.
McKinson I have nothing but respect. Me and him are cut from
the same cloth. Underdogs fighting big fights, undefeated
fighters in the fire. I am so good at it. When I put these
young fighters in the fire with me they seem to not look the
same. He’s only been tested one time against Brad Solomon
and he almost lost. What happened when Solomon fought me
with more than two months of training. We got the job done
in the fifth round."
“I talked to him (Vergil Ortiz),” said Oscar De La Hoya,
Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “He’s back home and he’s
feeling better. It’s very unfortunate that it happened so
close to the fight. He was ready and looking forward to it.
Things happen but we have to look forward to an amazing main
event. I actually want to take a moment and thank Cobbs and
Rocha for stepping up and willing to fight in the main
event. It’s an exciting fight. We have a lot of young
prospects who we are looking at that are going to the next
level. That’s why this whole card is super exciting.
Especially the main event, it's going to be fireworks.
There’s a lot at stake for them but they are ready for the
“Everybody expects this fight to be exciting,” said
Bernard Hopkins, Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Parnter.
“To me they match up pretty evenly. This is a dangerous
fight for both guys. I’d like to acknowledge Robert Diaz,
our matchmaker, for pulling through and making this card
“It’s a dream come true to be here,” said Michael
Mckinson. “Unfortunately some things happened on the
card but I’m thankful I’m still fighting. The show goes on.
I have a lot of people to thank for keeping me on the card.
I wish Ortiz a speedy recovery. He’s a young man and health
is everything. My full attention goes to Jesus Perez. I had
two choices. Spend the last three to four months working on
my US debut just to go home and not fight. I’m a fighter.
I’m here, I want my US debut. Hopefully I can win some
American supporters and impress people on Saturday night.”
“I’m feeling great,” said Bektemir Melikuziev. “I’m
feeling confident. I’ve been training in the gym ready to
go. What happened [with Rosado] was I made a mistake and
paid the price. I got a bit greedy. That’s boxing, one punch
can change everything. I'm confident I'll get that rematch.
Even if I have to become world champion first. I just want
to prove it was a mistake. I’m on a different level.
Congrats to Rosado. I’m looking forward to the fight.
Nothing changed for me. I’m still going to bring all the
belts at 168 to Golden Boy."
“Fans should expect a little of everything, boxing,
attacking and defense,” said Evan Sanchez. “I can
adjust to any fighter. It’s going to be an amazing fight. I
feel good. I've been out of the gym for awhile because of
covid and a shoulder injury. It's an honor to be here.”
Fans with tickets to Ortiz vs. McKinson do not need to take
action to attend Rocha vs. Cobbs, as their tickets and
seating locations are still valid.