David Benavidez vs. Matt Korobov in Play For Garcia-Easter

By Miguel Rivera

According to multiple sources in Mexico, WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) will make the next defense of his title against Matt Korobov (28-1, 14 KOs) of Russia in July 28.

The contest would be part of the Showtime televised undercard to the planned lightweight unification between Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter, which would take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

David set the record straight back in February, when he dominated and battered Ronald Gavril over twelve rounds in their ordered rematch. They initially collided back in September 2017, when Benavidez got off the floor in the twelfth and final round to win a close twelve round decision to pick up the vacant WBC title. Because of the close nature in the first contest, the World Boxing Council sanctioned the rematch.


While Benavidez had very little amateur experience when he turned pro, Korobov (28-1, 14 KOs) was a very decorated amateur with a record of 300-12.

In the amateurs, Korobov was one of the toughest guys to beat in the international tournaments. He defeated fighters such as Oleksandr Usyk, Yordanis Despaigne, Daniel Jacobs, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Alfonso Blanco.

He took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics and was upset in his second bout by Bakhtiyar Artayev.

As a pro, Korobov had a solid, which included a dominating decision win over current IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui in June of 2014.

Korobov would lose his next fight, a sixth round stoppage at the hands of Andy Lee. The Russian fighter was ahead on all three scorecards when he got caught and stopped.

He was promoted for most of his career by Top Rank, but the two sides parted ways a few fights back.

Since his defeat to Lee, he's won four fights in a row - including a stay-busy decision win over Jonathan Batista back in March.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mammoth on 05-21-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18781937]... Lee eventually beat Vera in a rematch... and it's true: Lee became Chavez Jr's "best win ever"... but don't forget: Vera arguably beat Jr in their first match... :) :) :)[/QUOTE] He did beat Chavez that first fight

Comment by kidbazooka on 05-18-2018

[QUOTE=The Mack.;18782078]Basically he's beat a few scrubs and cause he's young people assume he's going to improve massively. That's not always the case.[/QUOTE] You gotta be out if you’re fuucking mind if you think that euro level bum could beat…

Comment by boogbx on 05-18-2018

I would’ve preferred Uzcategui who called him out but Korobov the guy who beat Uzcategui, ain’t mad at this fight at all. War Benavidez!

Comment by Chrismart on 05-18-2018

[QUOTE=j0zef;18781342]How is this a good fight? Korobov has basically not fought in 2 years, spent his career at mw, where he was a good, but never elite fighter. He is 35 years old, and his last 3 opponents have combined…

Comment by petero on 05-18-2018

If Korobov has anything left it could be a great fight as long as he keeps that Chin tucked. A quick southpaw very good skills.

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