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Korobov: Golovkin Better Matchmaker Than Fighter; All Propaganda

By Keith Idec

Matt Korobov believes Gennady Golovkin is a better matchmaker than fighter.

The Russian southpaw told BoxingScene.com he is more than ready to fight Golovkin in March if negotiations for a Golovkin-Danny Jacobs fight fall apart. Representatives for Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs), the WBA “super” middleweight champion, and Brooklyn’s Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs), the WBA world middleweight champion, are still discussing contractual terms for a potential fight sometime in March.

The 33-year-old Korobov (27-1, 14 KOs) most recently beat Scott Sigmon (27-10-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision in an eight-rounder November 18 in Kissimmee, Florida. He has won three straight bouts by unanimous decision, including a decisive defeat of Bryan Vera (24-11, 14 KOs), since Andy Lee stopped Korobov in the sixth round of their WBO middleweight title fight nearly two years ago at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

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“I want the Triple-G fight,” Korobov said. “Triple-G is a very good matchmaker. He fights guys smaller than him and with not equal skills. You can’t replace amateur experience. I am the only one who can match him in this regard. I was 315 wins and 15 losses as an amateur, and 27-1 as a pro. Triple-G understands there’s a big difference between fighting someone like me and fighting guys like David Lemieux or Dominic Wade. I can match his skill level.

“Besides, Gennady is not the same. He is slowing down and I see the mistakes he makes. I will exploit these flaws. Hopefully, I will get the chance if he doesn’t fight Jacobs. They say no one wants to fight Triple-G, but this is just big propaganda. I am one of the few people rated in the WBC [No. 14 at middleweight], IBF [No. 15 at middleweight] and WBO [No. 9 at super middleweight], and there are not too many opponents for Golovkin to choose from.”

Korobov, for whom Top Rank Inc. executives had high hopes when he turned pro eight years ago, feels he is in a better place mentally than when he fought England's Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) for the then-vacant WBO 160-pound championship in December 2014. Before Lee landed a fight-changing, short right hand in the sixth round, Korobov was winning their scheduled 12-rounder on all three scorecards through five rounds (50-45, 50-45, 48-47).

“I feel very good,” Korobov said. “My stamina was good in my last bout. I make small modifications in every bout and keep improving. People don’t understand that boxing is very much a mental sport. Now everything is good. I have a great team and a beautiful family that motivates me. All the ingredients are there for me to become champion in 2017.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Objectivity on 12-10-2016

Loud mouth bum.

Comment by Johnny thunders on 12-10-2016

[QUOTE=Kagami Taiga;17241618]Ladies and gentlemen... this is what a Golovkin stan looks like. There's plenty of them around there. No boxing sense but somehow thinks the sport revolves around this one highly talented but relatively unproven fighter. It would be sad…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-30-2016

[QUOTE=Flash13;17243708]Could have fought ward this year? Ward just struggled making 175.... Lara is a joke. Talks about ggg when he has a fight then goes silent when he doesn't. If he offered Saunders more than 1.5m he would be giving…

Comment by Flash13 on 11-30-2016

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17242922]he could have fought Ward this year, but we all know what happened he could have fought Lara he could have offered Saunders more than 1.5mil he could offer Jacobs more than 25% he could have fought Degale instead of…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-30-2016

[QUOTE=Flash13;17242760]Okay,[B] what could GGG have done[/B] this year to get the fights you wanted? Seriously, what did he do to prevent a fight from happening.... The only hope for ggg is he gets big enough that he can give guys…

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