Matt Godfrey

"Too Smooth"

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Real name

Matt Godfrey

Nickname(s)

Too Smooth

Rated at

Cruiserweight

Nationality

American

Birth date

January 16, 1981 (1981-01-16) (age 27)

Birth place

Providence, RI, U.S.

Stance

Orthodox stance

Boxing record
Total fights

18

Wins

17

Wins by KO

10

Losses

1

Draws

0

No contests

0

Matt Godfrey (born January 16, 1981 in Providence, RI) is a boxer.

Amateur career

Godfrey, who is a close friend of Jason Estrada since his childhood had an outstanding amateur career prior to turning professional.

He was the 2000 U.S. National Amateur Champion at Middleweight (165 lbs) and later the 2002 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion(limit 201 lbs) and 2004 U.S. National Amateur Heavyweight Champion. With a relaxed stick-and-move style but only average power he also won a bronze medal at the 2001 Pan-Am Games.

He was also a second alternate for 2004 U.S. Olympic Team after losing 8-17 to Devin Vargas (whom Godfrey had beaten before on another occasion). He lost three times to Aaron Williams (boxer), on the other hand he holds 3 wins over Chazz Witherspoon.

He compiled a 194-23 amateur record.

Amateur Highlights

  • 2000 U.S. National Amateur Champion Middleweight (165 lbs)

  • 2001 Bronze Medalist in Pan-American Games

  • 2002 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion

  • 2004 U.S. National Amateur Heavyweight Champion

  • Second alternate for 2004 U.S. Olympic Team

  • 6-time New England Golden Gloves Champion

Pro

Godfrey who is trained by Dr. Roland Estrada turned professional in 2004. Holds the USNBC, NABA, WBC Continental Americas, and NABF Cruiserweight titles and is ranked #4 in the world by the WBC as of 09/01/2008

In 2006, he faced his first serious test in the form of clubfighter Danny Batchelder, who Godfrey outpointed in twelve rounds and KOd Shaun George in one round.

In 2007 he TKO'd perennial contender Felix Cora Jr. (record 18-1-2) in the second round of twelve to unify the NABA and WBC-NABF cruiserweight titles. In a fight that commentators noted was probably his first real test against a left-hander, Godfrey turned southpaw himself for two rounds to effectively outscore Cora, before knocking him down midway through the second round. Cora regained his feet, but did not provide any offense and the referee waved the fight off shortly thereafter.

In August 2007 Godfrey defeated Derrick Brown to improve his record to 16-0. The WBC had Godfrey rated #1 in the World and he would face undefeated Olympic Silver medalist Rudolf Kraj on the road in an eliminator who handed him his first loss on points. In his last bout (08/29/08) after losing the first three rounds and coming off the canvas in the 3rd round, Godfrey was able to come back out for the 4th round and TKO power punching (former USBA Cruiserweight Champ) Emanuel Nwodo.

Preceded by
Devin Vargas
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Tony Grano