Blair Cobbs first learned to box in Mexico, where he and his sister fled with their father, one of the FBI’s Most Wanted.
Eugene Cobbs escaped with his children to Mexico in 2004, after crashing a private plane at the Wheeling Ohio County Airport in West Virginia. He fled the scene and left behind 525 pounds of cocaine worth $24 million, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
That led U.S. marshals on a manhunt that ended in Mexico, where Cobbs had brought his two teenage children.
Now 29, Blair Cobbs is among the hottest prospects in boxing. He’ll carry his 11-0-1 (seven knockouts) record into the co-main event of Golden Boy Promotion’s fight card Thursday, Aug. 22, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Cobbs said. “It’s truly just an honor and a blessing to be alive.”
He’ll fight fellow unbeaten welterweight Steve Villalobos (11-0-1, 9 KOs) in a bout that some in the sport believe could take him a step closer to a high-stakes main event bout later this year or sometime in 2020.
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