Olympics Summer

Men's 75kg

Who to look for in the men's 75kg weight class

Name  Matvey Korobov 
Country  Russia 
Credentials  Two-time and reigning world champion. 2006 European champion.            

Name  Bakhtiyar Artayev 
Country  Kazakhstan 
Credentials  Defending Olympic champion. 2007 world bronze medallist.                        

Name  Alfonso Blanco 
Country  Venezuela 
Credentials  2007 world silver medallist.                                                                         

Name  Emilio Correa 
Country  Cuba 
Credentials  2007 Pan Am Games champion.                                                                

Name  Shawn Estrada 
Country  USA 
Credentials  Won the 2007 U.S. Olympic Trials.                                                            

Name  Wang Jianzheng 
Country  China 
Credentials  Reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 world championships.                   

On a roll

Matvey Korobov. Korobov has been unstoppable during the last three years. Aside from his two world titles, Korobov is also remembered for earning a final-round TKO over Canadian IBF world super middleweight champion Lucien Bute at the 2003 worlds.

"He's a very experienced fighter who knows how to take care of his own business," said Adrian Teodorescu, owner of Atlas Gym in Toronto, and also the former coach of ex-heavyweight and Olympic champion Lennox Lewis.

On a slide

Shawn Estrada. While Estrada earned his Olympic berth at the world championship in 2007, he was upset in the third round by Kazakhstan fighter Konstantin Buga.

The X factor

Nabil Kassel, Algeria. Kassel participated in the Athens Games and then won the African championships the following year. After winning the All-African Games in 2007, Kassel qualified for his second Olympics in January.

Under the radar

Wang Jianzheng. The Chinese boxer out-pointed his first three opponents by an impressive 59-33 advantage before losing to Korobov in the quarter-finals.


Korobov decided not to participate at the 2004 Athens Olympics but has since annihilated the division since winning the 2005 world title against Cuban Emilio Correa. The Russian then toyed with the competition at the 2007 word championship in Chicago, registering four TKO's in six bouts.

"This division is a battle for the silver medal because Korobov won't lose," said Teodorescu.

Medal Predictions

Gold: Matvey Korobov

Silver: Bakhtiyar Artayev

Bronze: Alfonso Blanco

Bronze: Wang Jianzheng