Sergei Kobozev

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Sergey Viktorovich Kobozev
Real name Sergey Viktorovich Kobozev
Nationality Russian
Born (1964-07-20)July 20, 1964
Kostroma, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died November 8, 1995(1995-11-08) (aged 31)
Livingston, New Jersey
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 22
Wins by KO 18
Losses 1

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.


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


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, United States 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Professional boxing record[edit]

22 Wins (18 knockouts, 4 decisions), 1 Loss (1 decision) [3]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 18-1-1 Argentina Marcelo Fabian Dominguez SD 12 24/10/1995 France Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 113-116, 113-115, 116-115.
Win 10-8 United States Art Bayliss TKO 6 24/06/1995 United States Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 20-9-3 United States Dale Jackson TKO 2 29/03/1995 United States New York City
Win 7-7-1 United States Doug "Dig-em-Up" Davis TKO 8 17/12/1994 United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the eighth round.
Win 24-6 United States "Boxing" Andrew Maynard TKO 10 27/08/1994 United States Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:37 of the tenth round.
Win 25-2-1 United States Robert Daniels RTD 8 30/06/1994 United States Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title. Daniels did not come out for the eighth round.
Win 11-16-2 United States Eddie Curry KO 1 13/04/1994 United States Raleigh, North Carolina
Win 14-0 United States John Ruiz SD 10 12/08/1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi 95-97, 96-94, 98-94.
Win 14-25-2 United States Danny Wofford UD 8 21/05/1993 United States Uniondale, New York
Win 10-6-2 United States Ken Jackson TKO 2 21/03/1993 United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 2-1-1 United States Kevin "The Monster" Parker UD 6 24/01/1993 United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey 59-54, 59-55, 59-54.
Win 5-3 United States Kelvin Beatty TKO 3 10/12/1992 United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 4-4-1 United States Doug "Dig-em-Up" Davis TKO 4 23/10/1992 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Win 8-10-3 United States Carl Lee Wilson TKO 2 25/09/1992 United States Catskill, New York
Win 4-2 United States Dwayne Hall TKO 2 14/08/1992 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6-5 United States Howard "Butch" Kelly RTD 3 01/07/1992 United States Brooklyn, New York Kelly did not come out for the fourth round.
Win 1-3-1 United States Frank Dupree UD 6 20/06/1991 United States Parsippany, New Jersey
Win -- Soviet Union Alexander Mitrofanov KO 7 17/02/1991 Soviet Union Grozny USSR Cruiserweight Title.
Win -- Rafael Akopov KO 3 01/12/1990 Soviet Union Barnaul
Win 0-2 Soviet Union Nurmagomed Shanavazov KO 2 03/11/1990 Soviet Union Barnaul
Win 0-1 Soviet Union Nurmagomed Shanavazov KO 5 30/09/1990 Soviet Union
Win -- Mikhail Poluyanov KO 2 02/06/1990 Soviet Union Riga
Win -- Soviet Union Andrey Korotaev KO 6 31/03/1990 Soviet Union

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