Originally Posted by JAB5239
sergey Kobozov [sic] is a good example because he wasn't one of the best Eastern Bloc fighters in his weight class as an amateur. He wasn't representing USSR in the major tournaments, and yet he was still able to do well as a pro, he beat john ruiz and came close to winning a world title.
So it is not hard to believe the the better amateurs may have been more successful had they turned pro.
Although some Eastern Bloc amateurs turned pro at the start of the 90s, not many of the better amateurs did.
Kobozov was one of the better amateurs. Maybe not the best, but up there with the best. I'd be interested if anyone had any info on the other russians who originally came over. Kobozov was the only one I remebered and I haven't been able to dig much else up.