At the age of 33, Matt is a seven-year pro. A contender at 160 pounds, he was an elite international amateur – he won gold medals at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, the 2005 World Cup, and the 2006 European Championships, and had impressive wins against fellow standouts Emilio Correa of Cuba, Ismayl Syllakh of Ukraine, Daniel Jacobs of the U.S., and Yordanis Despaigne of Cuba. In a couple of domestic amateur tournaments in Russia he had two wins in three fights against Sergey Kovalev, who currently holds the WBO-IBF-WBA light heavyweight world titles.
In his last fight on June 25 in Dallas, he won an eight-round unanimous decision against Bryan Vera.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Korobov returned from a 13-month layoff for an eight-round decision win in January and scored his second victory in a row by outpointing Vera, who got knocked down four times but won some middle rounds and showed a big heart in the loss.
Korobov started very fast. He was all over Vera, knocking him down twice in the first round, with a right hook and then with a left hand. In the second round, Korobov floored Vera for the third time, sending him to his rear end with a right hook. Vera, who suffered a nasty cut over his right eye, hit the mat again in the final round when Vera landed a left hand to the body. As always, Vera got up yet again and lasted the distance in a good fight but another defeat, his fifth in a row. [End Rafael item]
He started working with trainer Charles Mooney in February, 2013.
Matt said, “It was a tough adjustment for me to the pros. My amateur things all mixed with the pro things, in the training, preparation for the fight, in the ring. The fights were longer time, different style. In amateur, you just focus on points. Those rounds pass very quick. Here, you have to follow your plan, set up before fight.
“Now I think like a pro. I’m much more comfortable. And now I have good team to direct me the right way to do it. My team, we’re doing things to be better. I’m glad I have this team and my family here supporting me.”