Photo: Will Hart
By Kieran Mulvaney
After he put together a decorated amateur career, there was some anticipation that Matt Korobov would prove a successful professional, but in the six years since he made his pro debut, the Russian émigré has, it is safe to say, underperformed relative to expectations. That remains the case even after he maintained his unbeaten record and positioned himself as the number one contender for a middleweight belt following a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Jose Uzcategui.
Korobov had too much class, experience and power for his Venezuelan opponent, and provided the highlights of the contest when he dropped Uzcategui twice in round seven, but on those occasions when Uzcategui was able to land his own punches, Korobov looked distinctly discomfited. The outcome was rarely in doubt, but Korobov never truly took command of a contest that had even the previously-excited and preternaturally polite Omaha crowd voicing its displeasure at the lack of action and looking ahead to the arrival in the ring of its native son.