After Howard Cosell quit commentating boxing as a result of the Holmes fight, Cobb said something along the lines of, "I'll go another 15 with Larry if he gives up baseball too."Reporter: "Would you like a rematch Tex?"
Cobb: "I don't think Larry's fists could take the punishment"
Another reporter, another time: "What do you say to people who call you a fat, alcoholic, cokehead?"
Cobb: "Hey! I'm not fat!"
Also recall Cobb saying about the Holmes fight, something to effect of;
"I proceeded with my gameplan of stumbing forward and getting hit in the face"
LMFAO! Cobb= Legend
When you look at Cobb Shavers, Dokes-Cobb I & II and Norton-Cobb, then watch how Larry owned Tex in Houston for 15 out of 15 rounds, it becomes clear nobody really belonged in the ring with Holmes in 1982.Man, it's easy to recall the end run of Holmes' career, when he was old and slow.
This version of Holmes was insanely good. Quite possibly the best HW that ever fought, but sadly, in his absolute prime, he never had the great opposition that would have allowed him to prove it. Well, one lovely fight against Norton, and Shavers was certainly dangerous, but Holmes never had his "Joe Frazier."
Yeah, I know, this thread is about Cobb. Well.... tough.
What about Witherspoon, who gave Holmes all he could handle 6 months after the Cobb fight? But then again Witherspoon-Holmes was in 83I'd have liked to see Tex and Cooney square off in 1982. I think Gerry would have gassed after being physically overpowered and knocked backwards by Randy's slow but heavy jab (especially over 12 rounds).
When you look at Cobb Shavers, Dokes-Cobb I & II and Norton-Cobb, then watch how Larry owned Tex in Houston for 15 out of 15 rounds, it becomes clear nobody really belonged in the ring with Holmes in 1982.
During Larry's reign, NOBODY dominated Cobb like Holmes did in the Astrodome. Tex swarmed all over a hopelessly overpowered Dokes in their 1985 rematch until an accidental butt and flagrantly Don King rigged TD bullshit win saved Dokes, and the only other blemishes on Randy's record prior to Gregg in May 1985 were by SD to Dokes, MD to Norton (where Ken spent the match skillfully countering off the ropes), and MD to Buster Douglas, Tyson's eventual conqueror.
Maybe Cobb was "Joe Frazier" to Larry's "George Foreman," as Holmes may have been the world's only HW Tex was not capable of being competitive against.
Jeff Shelburg and Bernardo Mercado were two other power punching HWs who Tex walked right on through. As Cobb was not a bleeder either, maybe no version of George Foreman could have withstood Tex either. It was said by Cosell prior to Cobb's challenge of Holmes that if all bouts were scheduled for 45 rounds, Randy might never get beaten.
Because of Holmes, I think Randy gets criminally underrated, but I've had young family members interested in boxing first watch Cobb's bouts with Dokes, Norton and Shavers, then come away stunned at how Larry dominated and shut him out during the midst of that stretch by Tex.
For my money, the best published and balanced account of Holmes-Cobb was by Malcolm "Flash" Gordon in Tonight's Boxing Program, and I believe it may have been Steve Farhood who wrote, "Who belongs in the ring with Larry these days anyway?
Keep in mind that many considered Dokes the second best HW in the world during the early 1980's. I believe the ONLY HW of that era who possibly could have dominated Tex Cobb over ten rounds, 12 rounds or the Championship Distance is the one HW who actually achieved that in the Astrodome.
Because of Cobb, and Lucien Rodriguez, Larry over trained for Witherspoon with the goal of getting him out of there, then got a severe case of diarrhea, yet he still successfully defended his title against the best version of Tim who ever stepped foot in the ring. A 1983 or 1984 rematch might have been very a different story, as Witherspoon was stopped in rematches by opponents he'd previously decisioned in Page and Bonecrusher.What about Witherspoon, who gave Holmes all he could handle 6 months after the Cobb fight? But then again Witherspoon-Holmes was in 83