Fort Worth, Texas - In an entertaining fight, Dallas’ native Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (27-3-3, 18 KOs) took on welterweight contender Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (16-1-1, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, in a 10-round super welterweight clash.
Cobbs established dominance early as he knocked down Hooker in the first round, twice in the second and was literally saved by the bell to survive into the third round.
In the third round, a more composed Hooker was able to land a few heavy blows that shook Cobbs. In the sixth round an accidental head butt opened a wound on top of Cobbs’ left eyebrow, prompting the doctor to inspect the cut. The fight was allowed to continue with both Cobbs and Hooker landing heavy blows that kept the crowd engrossed in the action.
In the eighth round, another accidental clash of heads lead the referee pausing the fight for the doctor’s inspection, but the pause did not stop the fighters momentum as they looked for opportunities to catch each other with a good shot. The fight went the distance with the judge's ruling in favor of Cobbs via unanimous decision withs scores of 90-97, 90-97, 91-96.
“This wasn’t an easy fight, it was a tougher fight than my last one, and this victory for sure has put me in the top ten rankings,” said Cobbs.
“I fought a tougher, heavier fighter. He could box and had an extremely long reach, but today I showed that I can go into deep waters, box, and give fans a show. I want to thank God for this performance, there is nothing stronger and greater than God. Today, I showed that I have more to give to the sport of boxing, that even through adversity Blair ‘The Flair’ will come out on top.”