Randall (Tex) Cobb
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Name: Randall Cobb
Birthplace: Bridge City, Texas, USA
Hometown: Orange, Texas, USA
Height: 6′ 3″ / 191cm
Boxing Record: click
Manager: Joe Gramby
Trainer: George Benton
Cutman: Eddie Aliano
- Cobb's date of birth is listed as May 7, 1950, on IMDb.
- Cobb was on the football team at Abilene (TX) High School. After graduating from high school in 1968, he briefly attended Abilene Christian College before dropping out at age 19. Cobb later went back to school and graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management in 2008.
- Before Cobb became a boxer, he earned a third-degree black belt in karate. Cobb became a professional kickboxer in 1975. He fought John Jackson for the Professional Karate Association Heavyweight Championship on May 5, 1984, and lost by a 12-round decision. Cobb had a record of 9-2, with 9 knockouts.
- Cobb fought five former, current or future World Heavyweight Champions: Ken Norton, Michael Dokes (twice), Larry Holmes, James (Buster) Douglas and Leon Spinks.
- Cobb fought Larry Holmes for the World Heavyweight Championship on November 26, 1982, and lost by a lopsided 15-round unanimous decision.
- Cobb has appeared in numerous films, most notably The Champ, Uncommon Valor, Raising Arizona, Fletch Lives, Ernest Goes to Jail, The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, and the opening sequence of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. He also has appeared in many television shows, such as Miami Vice, The X-Files, and Walker, Texas Ranger.
- A 1993 Sports Illustrated article alleged that Cobb had participated in a fixed fight with Sonny Barch on September 15, 1992, and had used cocaine with Barch and promoter Rick "Elvis" Parker before and after the fight. Cobb said the magazine libeled him, and he sued for $150 million. In 1999, a jury awarded Cobb $8.5 million in compensatory damages and $2.2 million in punitive damages. However, the verdict was overturned in 2002 by a federal appeals court, which said that the article wasn't published with "actual malice." The magazine did not interview the referee and other ringside officials who were at the match, which tends to show that the magazine "might not have acted as a prudent reporter would have acted," the ruling stated. "But the actual malice standard requires more than just proof of negligence."
- Cobb's son, Josh Cobb, boxed professionally in 2005 and 2006. He had a record of 3-2, with 3 knockouts.
Randall (Tex) Cobb Quotes
- "All I do is hit somebody in the mouth. It's a whole lot easier than working for a living. Don't make anything noble out of what I do."
- "I've always thought the greatest crime a man can do is take himself too seriously. I mean, something like fighting is pretty ridiculous to take seriously. What I do is hit people, I'm not promoting anything that is real or valuable."
- "Yeah, I've been KO'd. Once. By a Mexican bantamweight. How come? Six of my buddies were swinging him around by the heels at the time."
- "Boxing writers are the only people out there who have less constructive jobs than what I do. I don't do nothing but hit people, and those mothers don't do nothing but write about what I do!"
- "If you screw up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass, darling!"
- "No one hits as hard as [Earnie] Shavers. If there was a fighter that hit harder than Shavers, I shoot him!"
- "Sure, I'd love to fight him. But I have my price: twenty-five cents and a loose woman." - On the possibility of a fight against Gerry Cooney.
- "You're white. Help me!" - To the referee during his fight against Larry Holmes
- "Larry Holmes didn't beat me. He just won the first fifteen rounds."
- "I wasn't talking to Holmes in there. Every time I felt like saying something to him I found it hard because he kept putting his left hand in my mouth."
- "I don't think his hands could take the abuse." - On a possible rematch with Holmes
- "I know that fight was called the greatest mismatch in history, but all I know is that when it was over, I was walking forward." - On his fight with Larry Holmes
- "If I eliminate heart disease, if I walk on water, if I come up with a cure for crippled kids, I can't image a greater gift to mankind. That is my greatest accomplishment." - On Howard Cosell's decision to quit covering boxing because he was so disgusted by Cobb's one-sided loss to Holmes
- "He has screwed everybody he has ever been around. Hog, dog, or frog, it don't matter to Don. If you got a quarter, he wants the first 26 cents." - On promoter Don King
- Cobb's IMDb Page
- "Look Who's Back . . . Tex Cobb" Los Angeles Times, October 26, 1985
- "Sports Illustrated wins appeal over boxing story verdict" Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, January 31, 2002