“He’s Afraid of Terence Crawford” | Welterweight Prospect Blair Cobbs Comes For Errol Spence, Who Claps Back

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Philadelphia boxer Blair Cobbs has a lot to say about fellow welterweight Errol Spence Jr., and it is all shade.

“When I look at Spence’s eyes, I see a fighter that doesn’t have the true fighting spirit anymore,” said Blair Cobbs to FightHype and more during a media day for his March 19 fight on DAZN.

“Errol Spence had to face some demons outside of the ring with alcoholism and dealing with hurt,” Cobbs added.

The World According To Blair Cobb

Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KOs) is facing Alexis Rocha (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round scheduled bout. The fight is the co-feature on the Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael McKinson card on March 19 on DAZN at the USC Galen Center, Los Angeles.

“He’s afraid of Terence Crawford. What was the wait to make that fight for so long? He waited so long that he became devastated,” Cobbs continued about Spence.

“If you don’t do what’s right, you will be cursed, and guess what happened? We don’t see him fight for anything for a long time — one injury after the next.

“Car injury, this injury, eye injury. He missed the opportunity to beat Manny Pacquiao. What now? He’s a coward and I don’t respect cowards. He ruined boxing.”

Cobbs On Canelo

Cobbs has also been giving his opinions on the fighters at the top of the 147-pound division; Spence is at the top of the list. WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr and WBA titleholder Yordenis Ugas meet in a unification fight next month, and Cobbs can only see one winner in Texas.

“Ugas is going to end up winning that fight,” Cobbs told The DAZN Boxing Show.

That’s not all. Cobbs also had a lot to say about boxing’s reigning pound-for-pound king: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“There are no thoughts on Canelo. Canelo is fighting easy fights that aren’t worth a damn thing, and it’s not worth my time,” continued Cobbs to Fighthype.

Spence Claps Back

However, Spence heard the chatter and took to social media to give his thoughts on what he considers a “33-year-old prospect.”

“Y’all listening to a 33yr old prospect 😂😂😂😂 media has to stop being so thirsty for content N**** looks up to Ric flair,” said Errol Spence Jr on Twitter in responding to Blair Cobbs.

“& I read buddy backstory if I’m cursed wtf he thinks going on with him 🤡. 32 33 whatever lol.”

Cobbs’ nickname is “The Flair.” However, if this was a promo speech or how he really feels isn’t really known. What is known is that the gimmick is instantly recognizable in the fight business.

Who Is Blair Cobbs?

Like the WWE inspiration in Ric Flair, he ends his mic dropping statements with an obligatory “wooo!” even during training sessions.

He has held the WBC-NABF welterweight title since 2019, which is a minor belt. He has not fought anyone of relevance in the welterweight division yet, probably due to boxing politics.

In 2017, Cobbs signed to Golden Boy Promotions, the organization owned by Hall of Famers Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins. However, all the top welterweights except Terence Crawford are signed to Premier Boxing Champions and advised by the promotional banner’s owner, Al Haymon.

He has been angling to fight fellow welterweight prospect Jaron “Boots” Enni,s but since he is also signed to Haymon and PBC, that seems unlikely.

Regardless of the gatekeepers that stop certain matches from being made, Cobbs is trying to boost his appeal with the scathing indictments. Only time will tell if he wins and politics will give him the fights he thinks he deserves.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.