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Matt Korobov: I am more disciplined than Chris Eubank Jr

Matt Korobov discusses his big opportunity coming on Dec. 7.

Premier Boxing Champions - Jermall Charlo vs. Matt Korobov Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Middleweight contender Matt Korobov is set to face Chris Eubank Jr in a Showtime co-feature on Dec. 7, with the winner very possibly getting a shot at the victor of the night’s main event between WBC middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo and Dennis Hogan.

Korobov (28-2-1, 14 KO) is coming in off of back-to-back controversial decisions. He lost to Charlo in Dec. 2018 in a fight some felt he’d done enough to win, with Larry Hazzard Jr’s 119-108 Charlo card drawing particular ire, and then he went to a majority draw with Immanuwel Aleem in May, which was originally announced as a win for Korobov.

Korobov, 36, spoke from training camp ahead of this next fight.

Is it exciting to be back at Barclays Center as the co-main event to Charlo, because with a win, you have an opportunity to show him why you deserve the rematch?

“Yes, it is very exciting to be back at Barclays Center, only this time I will leave with the belt. I thought I deserved an immediate rematch against Charlo because many people believed I won. I think when I defeat Eubank Jr. and win this belt, it will force Charlo to give me a rematch. We shall see. I only focus on one fight at a time and right now I am only focused on Chris Eubank Jr.”

How do you stay mentally focused on the next fight when you believe you had two bad scorecards go against you?

“I do not focus on the past. I focus on the future because I can only control the future. I will be my best and my best will be good enough against Chris Eubank Jr. We’re doing everything possible in camp to make sure I’m ready.”

What do you make of Eubank as a fighter? How do you expect the fight to look stylistically?

“Eubank is a very good fighter, one of the best. I believe I am a more disciplined fighter. I think my technique is better, but he does some things very well. Let’s see on December 7. I don’t want to give away the weaknesses I see, but the style difference will make a very entertaining fight for the fans.”

Do you think you have the advantage as far as boxing skills over Eubank? How do you counter his possible size advantage, given that he’s coming down from 168 pounds?

“I think my skills are better. I do not think weight will be an issue. He is professional and I am professional. If anything, perhaps it is a little more difficult for him to make 160 after years at 168. I will fight anyone between 160 and 168 pounds, so I don’t see any problem with weight for me, perhaps more for him. We will find out December 7.”

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