An interesting press release hit my desk Thursday. It comes from the Memphis area and announces the pro boxing debut of Cedric Cobbs Saturday night. Yes, that Cedric Cobbs. The Little Rock Fair product, who became one of the University of Arkansas’ all-time great running backs.
It should be a debut Cobbs won’t forget. He is the main event on a card that includes 15 fights that features boxing and mixed martial arts and includes “fighters from as far away as China.”
Mid-South Boxing & MMA promotes the Charity Fight Night Event that begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:30 at Bumpus Harley Davidson in Collierville, Tenn. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets, which include a meal are $50. All proceeds support The Anti-Bullying Program.
A source close to Cobbs told me not long ago that the former Hogs back had began training for a boxing career. Appraently, the trainer he works with is impressed with his supreme athleticsim and his progress in the ring.
Nowhere on the release does it mention who Cobbs is fighting. A quick check of the website www.midsouthboxing.com shows a graphic promoting Cobbs with pictures of him (Still no mention of an opponent) in a Hogs and Patriots uniform and a head shot. Only problem is, the headshot is of another great former UA running back, Darren McFadden, — not Cobbs. The site also announces that the bikini bike was is canceled. However, blues legend Earl the Pearl is still slated to perform at the intermission.
While it’s hard to knock a charity event, this doesn’t sound like the most glamorous or organized event to make a pro fighting debut. I guess it could be worse — like in a backyard in rural Pulaski County.
The bright side for Cobbs is boxing legend Roy Jones, Jr. plans to attend the event. Word is he may be interested in signing Cobbs if he shines in his debut.
Going Deep will have more on this after the fight. Hopefully, we can reach Cobbs for some post-fight reaction. Cobbs
For tickets call (901)-270-9854 or (901)-497-3726