When great amateurs turn professional we expect them to become great professionals. It's almost as if we demand the amateurs to turn professional and succeed. Unfortunately not all amateurs will be great professionals and we expect that to be the case with Matt Korobov (22-0, 13).
Korobov, of Russia, turned professional way back in 2008, since then he has promised much but delivered little. No one doubted his talent or his potential but people did doubt him, him as a fighter.
That doubt was shown to be right this evening as he had an unexpectedly tough test whilst facing Derek Edwards (26-3-1, 13).
Korobov started by looking sensational. He dominated Edwards and battered him from pillar to post for much of the opening round until he walked into a bomb and was dropped hard. It had taken 22 fights but we finally found out that Korobov hasn't got the greatest of chins, sure he got up but he wasn't meant to be dropped by a moderate puncher like Edwards.
Following the knockdown Korobov managed to re-establish himself into the fight. This was helped by the fact Edwards did next to nothing. This was an opponent who appeared made to order for Korobov to look good against but unfortunately he really failed as he went through the motions for a number of rounds.
Having realised that Edwards was unwilling to really fight back Korobov managed to slowly go through the gears dropping Edwards 3 times before forcing referee Steve Smoger to sop Edwards.
By the time of the stoppage Korobov had already shown a lot issues with his game to leave us with more questions than answers. Yes he's got talent, that's not questionable but there is too much missing from the Russian for us to feel he'll ever be a genuine world level professional. A real shame considering that his amateur achievements include 2 World Amateur Championships and victories over a genuine who's who.
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