Matt Korobov
Weightclass:
Middleweight
Age:
33
Birthplace:
Orotukan, Russia
Record:
26-1, 13 KOs
Height:
5'11"
Reach:
74
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin, George Korobov (father)
Trainers:
Charles Mooney (1976 Olympic bantamweight silver medalist)
biography

Ranked WBC #23 at 160 pounds…
World championship fights: 0-1…
Former middleweight world title challenger…
Former WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion…
2008 Olympian for Russia (amateur), 165 pounds...
2007 World Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2006 European Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2005 World Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2005 World Cup (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2003 World Military Championships (amateur) champion, 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
2002 World Military Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...

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...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2016 – in his last fight on 6-25-16 in Dallas, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Bryan Vera (23-10): the bout was co-featured with the Mike Alvarado-Josh Torres main event – Vera gave a determined effort, but Matt dominated the fight; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right hook, the second with a left hand; he scored another knockdown with a right hook in the 2nd; Vera was cut over hjis right eye, and Matt scored another knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 8th round; scored 79-69, 79-69, 78-70…
On 1-16-16 in Dallas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Josue Ovando (14-8-1): the bout was co-featured at The Bomb Factory, and Matt dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Ovando and rocked him repeatedly; Ovando was penalized one point for holding in the 8th round; scored 80-71 on all three scorecards…
 
2014 – VACANT WBO M WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 12-13-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost by TKO (6th round) against lefthanded 2004 Olympian Andy Lee (33-2): the bout was co-featured with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Diego Chaves main event, and Matt dominated most of the fight; he outboxed and outworked Lee, and built a lead on the scorecards – after five rounds, Matt led by scores of 50-45, 50-45, 48-47; but Lee staggered him with a left hook in the 6th round, then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:10…
WON VACANT WBO INTER-CONTINENTAL M TITLE – on 6-28-14 in Omaha, NEB, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Jose Uzcategui (22-0): the bout was co-featured with the Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa main event; Uzcategui gave a good effort, but Matt dominated most of the fight; Uzcategui was cut over his left eye in...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Matt said, “I was born in Orotukan, Russia. I have one brother, Alex. My father was a businessman in Russia and my mother used to work in manufacturing in the gold industry. They moved to Florida in 1998. My father now concentrates on co-managing my boxing career and my training, and my mother has her own cleaning business.
“I started boxing when I was nine years old. When I was young boy, I was very active. I tried soccer and basketball. My father suggested that I try boxing and when I tried it, I fell in love with it.
“I had about 311 amateur fights, with about 10 losses. Most of my losses came when I was a teenager.
“I’m naturally lefthanded, but in in Russia, they change you in prep school. So I can use both hands.”…
Russia has mandatory military service, and Matt joined when he was 18 and served for two years – he won the World Military Championships in 2002 and 2003...he graduated from Moscow University of Physical Education in 2007, and has a coach’s certificate...
From the Associated Press, by Dave Skretta [June 11, 2009 – excerpts]: Matvey Korobov and his father George are the only ones who will ever know what it felt like when they were reunited after a decade apart.
The Russian boxing prodigy and his gregarious father struggle to put the scene from two years ago into words, not so much because of the language barrier, but because they are still overcome with emotion.
“You don’t understand,” George says. He points to the ceiling, then to his heart, searching the air for the proper words. “We call three times, two, every day,” he tells The Associated Press. “Then to see my son, I’m like, everything I like is now in America.”
“Boxing is my life and I had a good opportunity for a future,” Korobov says softly, almost embarrassed...
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Biography
  • Ranked WBC #23 at 160 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 0-1…
  • Former middleweight world title challenger…
  • Former WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion…
  • 2008 Olympian for Russia (amateur), 165 pounds...
  • 2007 World Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2006 European Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2005 World Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2005 World Cup (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2003 World Military Championships (amateur) champion, 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...
  • 2002 World Military Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist...

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."

 

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2016 – in his last fight on 6-25-16 in Dallas, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Bryan Vera (23-10): the bout was co-featured with the Mike Alvarado-Josh Torres main event – Vera gave a determined effort, but Matt dominated the fight; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right hook, the second with a left hand; he scored another knockdown with a right hook in the 2nd; Vera was cut over hjis right eye, and Matt scored another knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 8th round; scored 79-69, 79-69, 78-70…

On 1-16-16 in Dallas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Josue Ovando (14-8-1): the bout was co-featured at The Bomb Factory, and Matt dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Ovando and rocked him repeatedly; Ovando was penalized one point for holding in the 8th round; scored 80-71 on all three scorecards…

 

2014 – VACANT WBO M WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 12-13-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost by TKO (6th round) against lefthanded 2004 Olympian Andy Lee (33-2): the bout was co-featured with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Diego Chaves main event, and Matt dominated most of the fight; he outboxed and outworked Lee, and built a lead on the scorecards – after five rounds, Matt led by scores of 50-45, 50-45, 48-47; but Lee staggered him with a left hook in the 6th round, then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:10…

WON VACANT WBO INTER-CONTINENTAL M TITLE – on 6-28-14 in Omaha, NEB, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Jose Uzcategui (22-0): the bout was co-featured with the Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa main event; Uzcategui gave a good effort, but Matt dominated most of the fight; Uzcategui was cut over his left eye in the 1st round, and Matt generally outboxed and outworked him in the early rounds; Matt was cut over his right eye in the 5th, and Uzcategui rallied in the middle rounds; Matt scored two knockdowns in the 7th round, both with right hooks, and finished the fight strongly; scored 97-91, 97-91, 96-92…

On 4-19-14 in Orlando, FL, he won by TKO (6th round) against Emil Gonzalez (11-7-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features at the Bahia Shrine Temple, and Matt dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Gonzalez, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; Gonzalez did not continue after the 6th round…

 

2013 – on 12-7-13 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (9th round) against late substitute Derek Edwards (26-2-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Joseph Agbeko main event; Edwards gave a good effort, but Matt dominated most of the fight; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 2nd round, and steadily wore down Edwards in the following rounds; Matt scored another knockdown with a left hand in the 7th, then staggered Edwards in the 8th round; Matt scored another knockdown with a left hand early in the 9th, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:28

On 9-28-13 in Carson, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Grady Brewer (30-16): the bout was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera main event, and Matt dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed Brewer, landed the harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 5th round; scored 80-71, 80-71, 79-72…

On 6-15-13 in Dallas, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Ossie Duran (28-10-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Manuel Lopez main event; Matt scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd round, then scored another knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 3rd and Duran was counted out at 0:51…

On 2-16-13 in Tijuana, MX, he won by TKO (5th round) against Arturo Rodriguez (12-12): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at the Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno; Matt wore down Rodriguez with combinations to the body and head, and dominated the fight; he scored three knockdowns in the 5th round – the first with a left hand to the body, the second with a uppercut, and the third with another body punch – and the referee stopped the fight at 1:07…

 

2012 – on 10-27-12 in El Paso, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Milton Nunez (24-5-1): the bout was on the undercard at the County Coliseum; Matt dominated the fight, and won by shutout scores of 80-72 on all three scorecards…

2011 – on 11-11-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by knockout (4th round) against Latif Mundy (10-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Emmanuel Lucero main event, and Matt dominated most of the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 4th round, and Mundy was counted out at 0:22…

On 7-9-11 in Carson, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Lester Gonzalez (12-3-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon main event, and Matt dominated most of the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Gonzalez, and landed the harder punches; Gonzalez rallied in the late rounds, but Matt won by scores of 78-74 on all three scorecards…

On 4-23-11 in Thackerville, OK, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Marcos Primera (20-24-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Frankie Leal-Roberto Marroquin main event, and Matt dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Primera, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards…

On 3-12-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Michael Walker (19-6-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga main event, and Matt quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round – Walker got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:31…

 

2010 – on 11-20-10 in Thackerville he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Derrick Findley (17-3): the bout was on the undercard at the WinStar Casino, and Matt dominated most of the fight; scored 78-74 on all three scorecards…

On 9-11-10 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Anthony Greenidge (14-4-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Orlando Salido main event, and Matt dominated; Greenidge was cut over his right eye in the 1st round; Matt consistently outworked him, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; scored 79-73 on all three scorecards..

On 4-17-10 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Joshua Snyder (8-4-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Kelly Pavlik main event; Matt consistently outworked Snyder, landed the harder punches, and dominated most of the fight; scored 78-74, 78-74, 79-73…

On 2-13-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Lamar Harris (6-4-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Manuel Vargas main event; Matt staggered Harris with a series of punches in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:05...

 

2009 – on 12-19-09 in Youngstown, OH, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Ken Dunham (6-11-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Kelly Pavlik-Miguel Espino main event; Matt scored a knockdown in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29...

On 11-14-09 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against James Winchester (10-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto main event; Winchester pressed forward and gave a good effort, but Matt dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Winchester and landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards...

On 6-27-09 in Atlantic City he won by knockout (1st round) against Benjamin Diaz (10-2-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez-Olivier Lontchi main event; Matt scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a jab, the second with a body punch – and Diaz was counted out at 1:22...

On 6-13-09 in New York, NY, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Loren Myers (7-4): the fight was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey main event, and Matt dominated; he consistently outworked Myers, rocked him repeatedly, and won by scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 5-2-09 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton main event, and Matt dominated; he rocked Bartinelli several times in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd – Bartinelli got up, but Matt rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:15...

On 2-21-09 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (4th round) against Cory Jones (4-4): Jones fought very defensively, but Matt constantly pressed forward and outworked him; Matt scored a knockdown with a right hook that dropped Jones face-first, out cold, in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59; after the fight, Matt said, “It’s called a ‘step-back’ right hook. You step back and it gives you room to throw the punch.”...

 

2008 – on 1-24-08 in Los Angeles, CA, he won by TKO (1st round) against Roberto Florentino (3-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Shane Mosley-Antonio Margarito main event, and Matt was very impressive; he rocked Florentino with a series of punches in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with a right hook-left hand combination – Florentino got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:26...

On 12-13-08 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (1st round) against Jason Wahr (1-1-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Kendall Holt-Demetrius Hopkins main event, and Matt quickly overpowered Wahr; he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first two with right hooks, the third with a left hand – and the referee stopped the fight at 2:52...

He debuted at the age of 25 on 11-1-08 in Las Vegas and won by TKO (3rd round) against Mario Evangelista (1-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Matt Vanda main event; Matt wore down Evangelista with body punches; he scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 3rd round that left Evangelista dazed and sitting on the ropes, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:01…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Matt said, “I was born in Orotukan, Russia. I have one brother, Alex. My father was a businessman in Russia and my mother used to work in manufacturing in the gold industry. They moved to Florida in 1998. My father now concentrates on co-managing my boxing career and my training, and my mother has her own cleaning business.

“I started boxing when I was nine years old. When I was young boy, I was very active. I tried soccer and basketball. My father suggested that I try boxing and when I tried it, I fell in love with it.

“I had about 311 amateur fights, with about 10 losses. Most of my losses came when I was a teenager.

“I’m naturally lefthanded, but in in Russia, they change you in prep school. So I can use both hands.”…

Russia has mandatory military service, and Matt joined when he was 18 and served for two years – he won the World Military Championships in 2002 and 2003...he graduated from Moscow University of Physical Education in 2007, and has a coach’s certificate...

From the Associated Press, by Dave Skretta [June 11, 2009 – excerpts]: Matvey Korobov and his father George are the only ones who will ever know what it felt like when they were reunited after a decade apart.

The Russian boxing prodigy and his gregarious father struggle to put the scene from two years ago into words, not so much because of the language barrier, but because they are still overcome with emotion.

“You don’t understand,” George says. He points to the ceiling, then to his heart, searching the air for the proper words. “We call three times, two, every day,” he tells The Associated Press. “Then to see my son, I’m like, everything I like is now in America.”

“Boxing is my life and I had a good opportunity for a future,” Korobov says softly, almost embarrassed to be the center of attention. “I’m so happy and so glad, this is my work.”

Korobov’s family fled Russia without him in 1998, when the country was in the midst of financial collapse. They had been a reasonably prosperous family, George a successful businessman and wife Larissa working in the gold industry. George was educated, played the bass in restaurants, and even gave young Matt a chance at learning the piano.

The precocious youngster took to boxing much more eagerly. “I cry when they want me to play piano,” he says.

When he was 13, Matt moved to a sports academy connected to the famed military club CSKA Moscow, where he developed into one of the best amateurs in the world.

The handsome young man with the easy smile and humble demeanor toiled and trained while his country fell apart around him.

Inflation in Russia surpassed 80 percent in 1998, coupled with political upheaval that threatened to destabilize the government. The price of groceries doubled in a matter of weeks, and there were severe shortages of basic items like sugar and cooking oil. Mass demonstrations broke out as banks folded and the middle class lost everything.

“I have a business, I have everything,” George Korobov recalls. “I go to bank one day, say ‘Give me my money,’ and they said ‘Your money, no – it’s missing.”’

Their lives changed just that quickly.

Korobov and his family decided to move to the United States, settling in Florida, but they made the painful decision that Matt would stay behind and continue training with his Russian amateur team. None of them knew that a decade would pass before they’d see each other again.

When Matt turned 18, he joined the military and did two years’ mandatory service, twice winning world military championships. He became the Russian sports ministry’s jewel, capturing the 2005 World Cup and world championship, the 2006 European championship and the 2007 world championship – more than 300 total wins, an unparalleled run of amateur success.

“He didn’t lose a fight for like, eight years straight,” says his manager, Cameron Dunkin.

Dunkin remembers seeing Korobov at the 2007 world championships in Chicago.

“I sat up in 30 seconds and held my breath,” he says. “You don’t see anything like this.”

After that gold-medal performance, the entire Korobov family cried and hugged just outside the ring at the UIC Pavilion. For years they had wondered what it would be like, seeing each other again, and now George and his wife could fully grasp what their son had become.

“It was the first time meeting in so many years,” Matt Korobov says. “Before that, I called every day – two, three times a day – but they lived in America, I lived in Russia. It was just telephone life.”

Korobov considered staying in the United States and turning pro, but returned to Russia and competed in the Olympics. He lost a stunning upset in the second round in Beijing, clearly the biggest surprise of the tournament, but it didn’t dent his professional prospects.

The young Russian was forced to grow up on his own and has spent so much of his life without his family. He’s already proven that patience is one of his best virtues.

“Much better life for me in America. It’s my dream, you know?” Korobov says. “When I was young, sometimes I would watch big fights and I would dream and I would hope that sometime I would go to Madison Square Garden.

“We speak a lot about American life, I so like America.” [End Skretta item]

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 OLYMPICS – Beijing, China, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 8-9-08 he won an 18-6 decision against Naim Terbunja of Sweden; in his second fight on 8-16-08 he lost a 10-7 decision against Bakhtyar Artayev of Kazakhstan; The Associated Press reported from ringside: Bakhtiyar Artayev of Kazakhstan pulled the biggest upset yet in an Olympic tournament full of topsy-turvy results, rallying from a final-round deficit for a 10-7 win over Korobov, the Russian middleweight champ. Artayev trailed 7-6 entering the final round of a fairly even bout, but fought the final two minutes with an urgency Korobov couldn’t match. Artayev was repeatedly quicker in exchanges.... [End AP item]

2008 KING'S CUP – Bangkok, Thailand, 165 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-7-08 he stopped Mongontsooj Nandin-Erdene of Mongolia in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 4-8-08 he lost by walkover against Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand...

2008 FELIKS STAMM MEMORIAL – Warsaw, Poland, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 3-12-08 he won by walkover against Vitaliy Bondarenko of Belarus; in the quarterfinals on 3-13-08 he won a 14-3 decision against Badou Jack of GAM; in the semifinals on 3-14-08 he won by walkover against Sergey Derevyanchenko of Ukraine; in the finals on 3-15-08 he won a 25-5 decision against Mirosław Nowosada of Poland...

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chicago, Illinois, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: on 10-24-07 he stopped Francy Ntetu of Canada in the 3rd round; on 10-27-07 he stopped Hamyoun Amiri of Iran in the 3rd round; on 10-30-07 he stopped Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in the 3rd round; in the quarterfinals on 11-1-07 he won a 22-3 decision against Wang Jianzheng of china; in the semifinals on 11-2-07 he stopped Sergey Derevyanchenko of Ukraine in the 2nd round; in the finals on 11-3-07 he won a 29-4 decision against Alfonso Blanco of Venezuela...

2007 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Yakutsk, Russia, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-3-07 he stopped Petr Egorov in the 3rd round; in the quarterfinals on 5-5-07 he stopped Fedor Chudinov in the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 5-7-07 he won a 29-10 decision against Alexey Kadochnikov; in the finals on 5-9-07 he won a 32-20 decision against Dmitri Chudinov...

2007 STRANDJA MEMORIAL – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 2-15-07 he stopped Halis Baran of Germany in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 2-17-07 he stopped Ivano Del Monte of Italy in the 2nd round; in the finals on 2-18-07 he won by walkover against Rakhib Beylarov of Azerbajian...

2006 WORLD CUP – Baku, Azerbaijan, 165 pounds (series of duals) – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 10-16-06 (Russia vs. China) he stopped Qi Jing of China in the 2nd round; in his second fight on 10-18-06 (Russia vs. Ukraine) he won by walkover against Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine; in his third fight on 10-19-06 (Russia vs. Africa) he won a 15-13 decision against Mohamed Hikal of Egypt; in the finals on 10-21-06 (Russia vs. Cuba) he won a 22-9 decision against Emilio Correa of Cuba...

2006 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-14-06 he stopped Donatas Bondorovas of Lithuania in the 2nd round; in his second fight on 7-18-06 he stopped Sebastian Rzadkiewicz of Poland in the 1st round; in the quarterfinals on 7-20-06 he won a 38-14 decision against Savas Kaya of Turkey; in the semifinals on 7-21-06 he stopped Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine in the 3rd round; in the finals on 7-23-06 he won a 37-16 decision against Rakhib Beylarov of Azerbajian...

2006 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Khanty-Manssiysk, Russia, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-28-06 he stopped Enver Bestayev in the 3rd round; in the quarterfinals on 3-2-06 he stopped Denis Tokarev in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 3-4-06 he stopped Danil Shved in the 3rd round; in the finals on 3-5-06 he stopped Dmitriy Bashkatov in the 2nd round...

2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Mianyang, China, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: on 11-15-05 he stopped Dzhakhon Kurbanov of Tajiskistan; on 11-16-05 he stopped Jarrod Fletcher of Australia; in the quarterfinals on 11-18-05 he stopped Darren Sutherland of Ireland in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 11-19-05 he won a 49-25 decision against Emilio Correa of Cuba; in the finals on 11-20-05 he stopped Ismayl Syllakh of Ukraine in the 2nd round...

2005 WORLD CUP – Moscow, Russia, 165 pounds (series of duals) – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-12-05 (Russia vs. Belarus) he stopped Andrey Salakhutdinov of Belarus in the 1st round; in his second fight on 7-14-05 (Russia vs. United States) he stopped Daniel Jacobs of the United States in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 7-16-05 (Russia vs. Azerbajian) he stopped Javid Taghiev of Azerbajian in the 3rd round; in the finals on 7-17-05 (Russia vs Cuba) he won a 53-39 decision against Yordanis Despaigne of Cuba...

2005 STRANDJA MEMORIAL – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 2-10-05 he stopped Badou Jack of Sweden in the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 2-12-05 he stopped Dian Angelov of Bulgaria in the 1st round; in the finals on 2-13-05 he stopped Sherzod Abdurahmanov of Uzbekistan in the 3rd round...

2004 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Samara, Russia, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 12-1-04 he won a 22-9 decision against Adam Belkharoyev; in the quarterfinals on 12-2-04 he won a 27-5 decision against Vadim Ulbekov; in the semifinals on 12-4-04 he won a 39-25 decision against Alexandr Zubkov; in the finals on 12-5-04 he won a 38-15 decision against Sergey Kovalev...

2003 WORLD MILITARY CHAMPIONSHIPS – Catania, Italy, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 12-4-03 he stopped Rami Zock of Lebanon; in his second fight on 12-5-03 he stopped Matej Matkovic of Croatia in the 1st round; in the quarterfinals on 12-7-03 he won a 21-3 decision against Joshua Ndere of Kenya; in the semifinals on 12-9-03 he won a 27-6 decision against Mohamed Sahraouni of Tunisia; in the finals 12-11-03 he won a 22-12 decision against Sherzod Abdurahmonow of Uzbekistan...

2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Bangkok, Thailand, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 7-7-03 he lost a 19-10 decision against Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan...

2003 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Ulyanovsk, Russia, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in his second fight he defeated Sergey Kovalev; in the finals on 5-9-03 he won a 5-0 decision against Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov...

2002 RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Rostov, Russia, 165 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: [note: results not currently available]…

2002 WORLD MILITARY CHAMPIONSHIPS – Curragh, Ireland, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals he won a 17-4 decision against Mazat Batybazarow of Kazakhstan...

2001 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 156 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 9-23-01 he stopped Michel Henrotin of Belgium in the 3rd round; in the quarterfinals on 9-25-01 he won an 18-10 decision against Serdar Ustuner of Turkey; in the semifinals on 9-28-01 he stopped Alexander Rubjuk of Estonia in the 2nd round; in the finals on 9-29-01 he won by walkover against Konstantin Yanovski of Israel...

2001 KING'S CUP – Bangkok, Thailand, 156 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals on 7-7-01 he stopped Nirum Makpetch of Thailand in the 3rd round...

2001 INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TOURNAMENT – Gus-Khrustalny, Russia, 156 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 3-8-01 he knocked out Alexandr Rubjuk of Estonia in the 1st round; in the semifinals on 3-10-01 he stopped Alexey Rakhunof of Bulgaria in the 3rd round; in the finals on 3-11-01 he had a 7-7 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Nikolay Galochkin of Russia...

1999 EUROPEAN CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS – Baku, Azerbaijan, 145 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals (August, 1999) he won a 10-2 decision against Evgeniy Shestidesiatyy of Ukraine...

 

STRENGTHS: A lefthander with good skills and movement...has good punching power...physically strong...had a strong amateur background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 26 fights...132 total rounds...6 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 52 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 0…10 rounds – 2 (2-0)…8 rounds – 7 (7-0)…