Sergei Kobozev

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Sergey Viktorovich Kobozev
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Real nameSergey Viktorovich Kobozev
NationalityRussian
Born(1964-07-20)July 20, 1964
Kostroma, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
DiedNovember 8, 1995(1995-11-08) (aged 31)
Livingston, New Jersey
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins22
Wins by KO18
Losses1
 
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Sergey Viktorovich Kobozev
Statistics
Real nameSergey Viktorovich Kobozev
NationalityRussian
Born(1964-07-20)July 20, 1964
Kostroma, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
DiedNovember 8, 1995(1995-11-08) (aged 31)
Livingston, New Jersey
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins22
Wins by KO18
Losses1

Sergey Kobozev (1964-1995) was a Russian boxer who defeated John Ruiz and was later murdered by Russian mafia.

Early life[edit]

Kobozev had been a captain in the Russian army and was a chemical engineer in St. Petersburg before he made his name as a cruiserweight on the Soviet national boxing team.

Professional career[edit]

Kobozev's ring record was 22 wins and 1 loss in 23 professional outings.

Disappearance[edit]

Kobozev disappeared in November 1995, just 2 weeks after losing a close split decision for the WBC Cruiserweight title, his very first career loss.

Murder[edit]

The mystery surrounding his death was solved when his bones were found by the FBI in March 1999 in the backyard of the Russian Mafia's #2: Alexander Spitchenko in Livingston, New Jersey, USA where his body was buried in a shallow grave.[1]

Kobozev was allegedly murdered by two reputed Russian mobsters, Alexander Nosov and Vasiliy Ermichine. [2] Natan Gozman, a third defendant charged in the murder, remained a fugitive until February 2005, when he was arrested in Poland and extradited to New York, where he awaits trial.

Prosecutors said that the Russian mob allegedly turned against Kobozev because he worked as a part-time security guard at a Brooklyn restaurant from which Nosov was ejected after a fight with a musician. Several days after the fight, the defendants and a third member of the gang unexpectedly encountered Kobozev at a car repair shop, where they confronted him about the fight before Nosov shot him, authorities said. Still alive, Kobozev was put in a jeep and driven to the Livingston, N.J., home of a high-ranking member of the crime group, where his neck was broken by Ermichine after Kobozev asked to be taken to a hospital, prosecutors said.

Professional boxing record[edit]

22 Wins (18 knockouts, 4 decisions), 1 Loss (1 decision) [3]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss18-1-1Argentina Marcelo Fabian DominguezSD1224/10/1995France Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-SeineWBC World Cruiserweight Title. 113-116, 113-115, 116-115.
Win10-8United States Art BaylissTKO624/06/1995United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win20-9-3United States Dale JacksonTKO229/03/1995United States New York City
Win7-7-1United States Doug "Dig-em-Up" DavisTKO817/12/1994United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New JerseyReferee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the eighth round.
Win24-6United States "Boxing" Andrew MaynardTKO1027/08/1994United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FloridaIBF USBA Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:37 of the tenth round.
Win25-2-1United States Robert DanielsRTD830/06/1994United States Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New JerseyIBF USBA Cruiserweight Title. Daniels did not come out for the eighth round.
Win11-16-2United States Eddie CurryKO113/04/1994United States Raleigh, North Carolina
Win14-0United States John RuizSD1012/08/1993United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi95-97, 96-94, 98-94.
Win14-25-2United States Danny WoffordUD821/05/1993United States Uniondale, New York
Win10-6-2United States Ken JacksonTKO221/03/1993United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win2-1-1United States Kevin "The Monster" ParkerUD624/01/1993United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey59-54, 59-55, 59-54.
Win5-3United States Kelvin BeattyTKO310/12/1992United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win4-4-1United States Doug "Dig-em-Up" DavisTKO423/10/1992United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Win8-10-3United States Carl Lee WilsonTKO225/09/1992United States Catskill, New York
Win4-2United States Dwayne HallTKO214/08/1992United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win6-5United States Howard "Butch" KellyRTD301/07/1992United States Brooklyn, New YorkKelly did not come out for the fourth round.
Win1-3-1United States Frank DupreeUD620/06/1991United States Parsippany, New Jersey
Win--Soviet Union Alexander MitrofanovKO717/02/1991Soviet Union GroznyUSSR Cruiserweight Title.
Win--Rafael AkopovKO301/12/1990Soviet Union Barnaul
Win0-2Soviet Union Nurmagomed ShanavazovKO203/11/1990Soviet Union Barnaul
Win0-1Soviet Union Nurmagomed ShanavazovKO530/09/1990Soviet Union
Win--Mikhail PoluyanovKO202/06/1990Soviet Union Riga
Win--Soviet Union Andrey KorotaevKO631/03/1990Soviet Union

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