Alexis Rocha Batters Blair Cobbs In Ninth-Round Knockout

Alexis Rocha put a stop to Blair Cobbs’ run.

Rocha (19-1, 13 KOs) staggered Cobbs (15-1-1, 10 KOs) throughout their 10-round welterweight main event Saturday night in Los Angeles. It took a barrage of punches and combinations to force referee Rudy Barragan to intervene and waive off the fight at 44 seconds into the ninth round.

After the referee intervened, Cobbs still continued to swing at the referee.

In the opening round, neither boxer wasted time to feel one another out. They both threw punches, but Rocha landed cleaner ones.

In the second round, Cobbs was able to work with his jab. Rocha closed the round with a sharp left hand.

Cobbs seemed to claim the third round as he was able to effectively count with left hands, and Rocha’s right eye began to swell as a result of it.

Rocha caught Cobbs with a hard straight left hand in the fifth round, causing Cobbs to take a few steps back. Rocha took advantage of the hit and landed a left hand, followed by another left hand.

Rocha seemed to have gotten more comfortable showcasing his power. He opened the sixth round by drilling Cobbs with another left hand. The aftermath seemed evident as Cobbs was a bit less confident on countering Rocha’s jab.

Then it was in the ninth round when Rocha landed a right hook, which caused Cobbs to find refuge on the ropes as Rocha kept firing blows. The referee then intervened.

“I will give myself a C,” Rocha said in the post-fight interview via Boxing Scene.

“I got the knockout, but I know I could’ve done a lot better. He was running around, he was very awkward at first. It was hard for me to adjust.”

“It took me quite a while [to get Cobbs out of the ring], because I wasn’t really listening to my coach,” Rocha continued. “I was getting careless…not [cutting] the ring off and not using my combinations. But I could’ve gotten him out of there a long time ago.”

Welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford seemed satisfied with the outcome of the fight.

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