Randall (Tex) Cobb vs. Sonny Barch

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1992-09-15 : Randall Cobb 239 lbs fought without result Sonny Barch 303¾ lbs by NC at 1:10 in round 1 of 6

  • Location: War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Referee: William Conners

This fight aired on USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" and was originally declared a first-round TKO win for Cobb. The result was later changed to a no contest when both Cobb and Barch tested positive for cocaine.

A 1993 Sports Illustrated article alleged that Barch had taken a dive. The article contained an interview with Barch himself, who said the two fighters did cocaine together before and after the fight and that he took a dive after being bribed by the promoter, Rick "Elvis" Parker.

Cobb sued Sports Illustrated for defamation and a jury awarded him over $10 million. However, the verdict was overturned by a federal appeals court, which said that the story wasn't published with "actual malice."

External Link

Cobb vs. Time, Inc. Jan. 30, 2002