Via Jim Calfa: Blair Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 fights with Alexis Rocha (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event, and Michael McKinson 21-0, 2 KOs) face substitute Jesus Antonio Perez (24-3, 18 KOs) in the feature match this Saturday night, March 19 live on DAZN at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.
It’s too early for Cobbs to fight in the typical positions as he looks so flawed at this stage in his career and isn’t ready for this kind of attention given to him.
Cobbs, 32, and Rocha were elevated to the main event from their former positions in the main support match after Vergil Ortiz Jr pulled out of this Saturday night’s fight against #4 WBO McKinson due to a child and muscle disease resulted in him being hospitalized briefly.
Mckinson will slip down from typical position to fight the likely Jesus Antonio Perez in the bronze feature. It will be an interesting fight to watch as Perez can punch and he will find a way to unload the defensive minded McKinson.
While it was clearly a disappointment for McKinson to lose to a high-visibility opponent to undefeated heavyweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr. (18-0, 18 KOs), at least he’s still fighting on the card in a good position that will allow him to showcase his talent against the enduring Perez.
It would be great if Golden Boy Promotions accepted Blair Cobbs’ offer to fight the highly ranked McKinson in the main event because that’s the fight that will give him a chance to win the high rank.
Things are going the way they are now, Cobbs has little to go against Rocha as he is a sideline candidate with an IBF #10 rating at 147. If Cobbs takes on WBO McKinson #4, he He could have earned a likely top-five, and is on the verge of a title fight against 147-lb WBO champion Terence Crawford.
In an interesting underdog bout, light heavyweight prospect Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (8-1, 6 KOs) faced heavyweight David Zegarra (34-7, 21 KOs) in the gripping section of the game. DAZN program in a 10-round match. . This fight has scored all the knockouts.
Bektemir, 25, will be looking for a second straight win since losing to Gabe Rosado in the third knockout round in June 2021. In that match, Bektemir was a bit careless in the third round and was stopped.
Beat the match:
Evan Sanchez vs Alejandro Munera
Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev vs David Zegarra
Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan vs Victor Ruiz
Alex Rincon and Luis Sanchez
John Ramirez vs Roberto Pucheta
Miguel Gaona vs Gilberto Aguilar
Delis Kaleiopu vs Manuel Lara
Alejandro Reyes and Daniel Evangelista Jr.
Ramla Ali and Shelly Barnett