Korobov: Charlo Just Saying It, He Should Prove It In The Ring

By Keith Idec

Matt Korobov isn’t a trash-talker.

The Russian southpaw prefers doing his talking in the ring. Jermall Charlo’s new opponent doesn’t think the unbeaten middleweight title-holder has quite done that during his rise toward the top of their division.

Korobov considers Charlo “a good opponent.” He just doesn’t know yet whether it’s accurate to include Charlo in the group of elite middleweights that features Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs and Demetrius Andrade.

“Those guys are not easy,” Korobov told on Monday, moments after signing a contract to challenge Charlo on Saturday night. “You know, it’s easy to say that you’ll fight them, but it’s never easy to fight them, exactly, when it happens. Those are the best guys in the division. He didn’t fight against them yet, so it’s just saying and not proving with your fights. With your job, you should do it in the ring.”

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Korobov received this surprising opportunity to prove himself in the ring due to an adverse finding in a test sample Willie Monroe Jr. submitted recently to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions replaced Monroe with Korobov on Monday morning, once the WBC determined it couldn’t allow Monroe to challenge Charlo because Monroe violated terms of the WBC’s “Clean Boxing Program.”

“I just look at him as a good opponent,” Korobov said. “I’m just focusing on the things I have to do to win this fight. So I don’t think about what he’s gonna be. He was preparing for Willie Monroe. Of course, he is a southpaw, like me. But, you know, I have some keys against him and [Monroe is] definitely a different style than me. So I’m looking very forward to winning this fight.”

The 35-year-old Korobov was scheduled to battle Colombia’s Juan DeAngel (21-9-1, 19 KOs) in an eight-round, 162-pound bout on the Charlo-Monroe undercard. By preparing for that bout, Korobov is at least in shape for a difficult fight he accepted on less than one week’s notice.

Houston’s Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) will make the make the first defense of his WBC interim middleweight title versus Korobov (28-1, 14 KOs). Their 12-round, 160-pound championship match will headline a PBC tripleheader that’ll air on FOX on Saturday night from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15 KOs), Jermall’s twin brother, is set to defend his WBC super welterweight title against Detroit’s Tony Harrison (27-2, 21 KOs) in the 12-round, co-featured fight. The telecast also will feature Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs), of Eastvale, California, and Miami’s Carlos Negron (20-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight fight.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Brettcappe on 12-19-2018

[QUOTE=Satir;19366095]anyone else is feeling the upset of the year's coming[/QUOTE] If Korobov is mentally and physically right then this fight is a toss up. This dude has a pedigree. Yes Lee caught him but that's boxing. Wouldn't be shocked to…

Comment by icha on 12-18-2018

[QUOTE=#1DieHardFan;19365907]Boxing fans of a certain demographic are afraid of their favorite champions competing against another certain demographic. Let’s take Canelo for instance, [B]Mayweather gave him a shot when he really hadn’t done anything to deserve it.[/B] His fans had no…

Comment by Satir on 12-18-2018

anyone else is feeling the upset of the year's coming

Comment by #1DieHardFan on 12-18-2018

Boxing fans of a certain demographic are afraid of their favorite champions competing against another certain demographic. Let’s take Canelo for instance, Mayweather gave him a shot when he really hadn’t done anything to deserve it. His fans had no…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 12-17-2018

Korobov is old. A year younger than GGG, but just as past prime, and his peak was not nearly as high as GGG's at least not in the pros. But hopefully it will surprise everyone and at least be a…

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