Matt Korobov
Weightclass:
Middleweight
Age:
31
Birthplace:
Orotukan, Russia
Record:
21-0, 12 KOs
Height:
5'11"
Reach:
74
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin, George Korobov (father)
Trainers:
George Korobov, Mike McCallum (former middleweight champ)
biography

Ranked WBO #13 at 160 pounds…
2008 Olympic representative 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 30, Matt is a three-year pro. A prospect at 160 pounds, he was an international amateur standout – he won the gold medal at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, the 2005 World Cup, and the 2006 European Championships.
He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress as a pro.
Matt is coming off a fourth-round knockout win against Latif Mundy in his last fight in November, 2011.
Before Matt’s pro debut, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com: Top Rank doesn’t typically sign many Olympians, but it has a tremendous track record of cherry-picking top talent. After the 1992 Games, it signed De La Hoya. Following the 1996 Games, its top Olympic signing was Floyd Mayweather Jr., while Miguel Cotto was the prize after the 2000 Olympics. And Vanes Martirosyan, an undefeated rising junior middleweight prospect, was the only 2004 Olympian the company signed. [End Rafael item]
Manager Cameron Dunkin said, “Matt’s a well-rounded boxer-puncher, a world-class fighter. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s definitely got the talent to be a world champion. He’s also got a great personality, and he’s just a nice kid. He’s got the whole package.”
Regarding his training in the U.S., Matt said, “I’m really...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2011 - in his last fight on 11-11-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he knocked out Latif Mundy (10-3): the bout 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 TKOd Michael Walker (19-6-2): the fight 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...
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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. 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 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 310 amateur fights, with about 10 losses. Most of my losses came when I was a teenager.”...
Matt graduated from Moscow University of Physical Education, and has a coach’s certificate...he was married in early 2010…
Russia has mandatory military service, and Matt joined the military when he was 18 and served for two years - he won the World Military Championships in 2002 and 2003...
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, and even Korobov didn’t show any public displeasure with the result, as so many of his teammates have done.... [End AP item]
2008 KING'S CUP - Bangkok, Thailand, 165 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-7-08 he stopped Mongontsooj...
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Biography
  • Ranked WBO #13 at 160 pounds…
  • 2008 Olympic representative 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 30, Matt is a three-year pro. A prospect at 160 pounds, he was an international amateur standout – he won the gold medal at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, the 2005 World Cup, and the 2006 European Championships.

He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress as a pro.

Matt is coming off a fourth-round knockout win against Latif Mundy in his last fight in November, 2011.

Before Matt’s pro debut, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com: Top Rank doesn’t typically sign many Olympians, but it has a tremendous track record of cherry-picking top talent. After the 1992 Games, it signed De La Hoya. Following the 1996 Games, its top Olympic signing was Floyd Mayweather Jr., while Miguel Cotto was the prize after the 2000 Olympics. And Vanes Martirosyan, an undefeated rising junior middleweight prospect, was the only 2004 Olympian the company signed. [End Rafael item]

Manager Cameron Dunkin said, “Matt’s a well-rounded boxer-puncher, a world-class fighter. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s definitely got the talent to be a world champion. He’s also got a great personality, and he’s just a nice kid. He’s got the whole package.”

Regarding his training in the U.S., Matt said, “I’m really satisfied. At the beginning, it was different from the way I used to train in Russia, but I’m getting more comfortable with it in every training session.

“I’m very happy to begin my professional career in the United States, and I have a great team in Top Rank and Cameron Dunkin. I’m going to do my best, with patience and hard work, to be a success as a professional.”

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2011 - in his last fight on 11-11-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he knocked out Latif Mundy (10-3): the bout 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 TKOd Michael Walker (19-6-2): the fight 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 TKOd Lamar Harris (6-4-3): the fight 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 TKOd Ken Dunham (6-11-1): the fight 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 knocked out Benjamin Diaz (10-2-2): the fight 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 and rocked him repeatedly, and won by scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 5-2-09 in Las Vegas, NV, he TKOd Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2): the fight 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 TKOd 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 TKOd Roberto Florentino (3-3): the bout 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 hand-left hook 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 TKOd Jason Wahr (1-1-2): the fight 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 hands, the third with a left hook – and the referee stopped the fight at 2:52...

He debuted at the age of 25 on 11-1-08 in Las Vegas and TKOd Mario Evangelista (1-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Matt Vanda main event; Matt gave an impressive performance, and wore down Evangelista with body punches; he scored a knockdown with a right hand that left Evangelista dazed and sitting on the ropes in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:01; after the fight, Matt said, “It took me a little time to get used to the professional style, but I’m happy with my fight tonight. It took some time to figure out my opponent.”...

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. 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 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 310 amateur fights, with about 10 losses. Most of my losses came when I was a teenager.”...

Matt graduated from Moscow University of Physical Education, and has a coach’s certificate...he was married in early 2010…

Russia has mandatory military service, and Matt joined the military when he was 18 and served for two years - he won the World Military Championships in 2002 and 2003...

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, and even Korobov didn’t show any public displeasure with the result, as so many of his teammates have done.... [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...

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 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 Ismail Syllah of Ukraine in the 2nd round...

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

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 WORLD MILITARY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Catania, Italy, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals he won a 22-12 decision against Sherzod Abdurahmonow of Uzbekistan...

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...

 

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

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2 years…12 fights...42 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.5 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 66 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…6 rounds – 1 (1-0)...