Rocha Undresses Blair Cobbs in TKO Victory


Los Angeles CA (March 19, 2022)- After some heated trash talk and finger pointing during the week, Alexis ‘Lex’ Rocha (19-1 12KOs) and Blair ‘The Flair’ Cobbs (15-0-1 10KOs) put on a great main event for the fans at the Galen Center. The fight was action packed from round one as both fighters came out exchanging some good jabs. Cobbs’s jab landed flush on the right eye of Rocha causing it to swell in the second round. Rocha started to put on more pressure and landed a big left hand in the 5th round that almost floored Cobbs. Rocha found a target for his left hand, but it was a right hook that dropped Cobbs in the 8th round. Rocha saw his opportunity to finish Cobbs in the 9th round and unleashed flurry of punches that forced the referee to jump in and stop the fight, giving Rocha the TKO victory.  At the press conference Rocha was asked who he wanted to fight next,

“I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me. I would like to fly to the UK and fight McKinson or Conor Benn. I think those would be great fights,” said Rocha.

Rocha sparred with undisputed champion Josh Taylor in the UK so a fight overseas wouldn’t be unfamiliar territory.


In the co-main event Michael McKinson (21-0 2KOs) made his U.S debut and defeated Alex Martin (17-3 6KOs) by unanimous decision. The crowed started booing at the lack of action the fight was producing towards the later rounds. McKinson was the aggressor and was pushing forward the entire fight but was unable to land a big shot due to Martin’s slick defense. All thre judges had McKinson as the winner and scored the fight 99-91 98-92 and 97-93.


Bektemir ’Bek the Bully’ Melikuziev (8-1 6KOs) retuned to the ring after his first professional loss and stopped David Zegarra with a brutal left hook to the body 30 seconds into the second round. Bek made a big statement and showed that his knockout loss didn’t slow him down at all. Gabriel Rosado was ringside watching the fight and is the fighter that knocked him out cold, you can only wonder if a rematch between the two will ever take place.


In a very entertaining opening bout, Evan Sanchez (10-0 6KOs) defeated Alejandro Munera (6-4-4 5KOs) by unanimous decision. It was back and forth action in the first round that had Sanchez going down to the body while Munera was landing upstairs. In the second round Munera was against the ropes but was able to land a right hand that bloodied Sanchez’s nose. In the 4th round Sanchez caught Munera with a right hand as he was lunging in to land a punch. The fight went the distance and all judges had the fight scored 60-53 for Sanchez.

About Rafael Valencia

Rafael Valencia is a Sports Journalism Undergrad from Santa Ana, California and has been covering boxing since 2019 for Under the Hand Wraps.

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