Matt Korobov
Weightclass:
Middleweight
Age:
31
Birthplace:
Orotukan, Russia
Record:
24-0, 13 KOs
Height:
5'11"
Reach:
74
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin, George Korobov (father)
Trainers:
Charles Mooney (1976 Olympic bantamweight silver medalist)
biography

Ranked WBO #1, IBF #9 at 160 pounds…
WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion…
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 31, Matt is a five-year pro. A contender at 160 pounds – ranked No. 1 by the WBO – he is a former international amateur standout – he won gold medals at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, the 2005 World Cup, and the 2006 European Championships, and had sensational amateur wins against Emilio Correa of Cuba, Ismayl Syllakh of Ukraine, Daniel Jacobs of the U.S., and Yordanis Despaigne of Cuba.
In his last fight on June 28, Matt won a 10-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Jose Uzcategui.
The Ring's Doug Fischer reported [excerpts]: Korobov dropped Jose Uzcategui twice en route to posting a 10-round unanimous decision.... Korobov, who scored both knockdowns in Round 7, won by scores of 97-91 (twice) and 96-92.
Korobov was the sharper puncher and superior ring general. However, Uzcategui, was game throughout and the rangy youngster was able to land his right hand and occasionally back up Korobov.
Both fighters dealt with cuts during the boxing match.
Korobov was the busier fighter.... He outboxed and outworked Uzcategui during the first four rounds but...in Round 5 and 6 the Venezuelan stepped up his...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – WON VACANT WBO INTER-CONTINENTAL M TITLE – in his last fight 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 gave a solid performance and 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; Matt dominated most of the fight – he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 2nd round, and steadily wore him down 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...
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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 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. I’m still single, no kids.”…
Matt graduated from Moscow University of Physical Education in 2007, and has a coach’s certificate...
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...
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...
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Biography
  • Ranked WBO #1, IBF #9 at 160 pounds…
  • WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion…
  • 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 31, Matt is a five-year pro. A contender at 160 pounds – ranked No. 1 by the WBO – he is a former international amateur standout – he won gold medals at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, the 2005 World Cup, and the 2006 European Championships, and had sensational amateur wins against Emilio Correa of Cuba, Ismayl Syllakh of Ukraine, Daniel Jacobs of the U.S., and Yordanis Despaigne of Cuba.

In his last fight on June 28, Matt won a 10-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Jose Uzcategui.

The Ring's Doug Fischer reported [excerpts]: Korobov dropped Jose Uzcategui twice en route to posting a 10-round unanimous decision.... Korobov, who scored both knockdowns in Round 7, won by scores of 97-91 (twice) and 96-92.

Korobov was the sharper puncher and superior ring general. However, Uzcategui, was game throughout and the rangy youngster was able to land his right hand and occasionally back up Korobov.

Both fighters dealt with cuts during the boxing match.

Korobov was the busier fighter.... He outboxed and outworked Uzcategui during the first four rounds but...in Round 5 and 6 the Venezuelan stepped up his aggression.

Korobov's trainer asked him to step it up after Round 6 and the Russian did at the start of Round 7, dropping Uzcategui with a looping right hook and then catching and flooring the younger man with the same shot within the first minute of the round. Korobov also worked Uzcategui's body well in Round 7. [End Fischer item]

Matt trains at the ABC Boxing Gym in Boca Raton, Florida, and has worked with trainer Charles Mooney since February, 2013. Mooney won the 1976 Olympic bantamweight silver medal in Montreal as part of the legendary U.S. team that included Leon and Michael Spinks, Ray Leonard, and Howard Davis Jr.

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – WON VACANT WBO INTER-CONTINENTAL M TITLE – in his last fight 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 gave a solid performance and 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; Matt dominated most of the fight – he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 2nd round, and steadily wore him down 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; 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…

 

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 gave an impressive performance, and wore down Evangelista with body punches; he scored a knockdown with a right hook that left Evangelista dazed and sitting on the ropes in the 3rd round, 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. 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. I’m still single, no kids.”…

Matt graduated from Moscow University of Physical Education in 2007, and has a coach’s certificate...

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...

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 Ismayl Syllakh 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 Daniel 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, a good body puncher...physically strong...had a strong amateur background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 24 fights...118 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.9 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 54 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 2 (2-0)…8 rounds – 6 (6-0)…