Magomed Kurbanov vs Liam Smith super-welterweight showdown now available to stream worldwide
Former WBO super-welterweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (29-2-1, 16 KOs) is set to enter enemy territory to do battle with undefeated Russian contender Magomed Kurbanov (21-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO International super-welterweight title this Friday, May 7, at KRK Uralets in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
BBN have provided all the necessary details below for fight fans to tune in and watch the 'Cold War' take place.
TV: Smith-Kurbanov will headline a scheduled five-fight card streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+.
Live Stream: FITE has secured the rest of the world rights to the Smith v Kurbanov event, available for just $9.99. Click the link to the event page. Unlimited replays till June 7th, 2021.
Date: Friday, May 7.
Time: 11 a.m. ET (Eastern Time) / 8 a.m. PT (Pacific Time).
Venue: KRK Uralets in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Titles: Vacant WBO International super-welterweight title.
Background: Smith held the WBO junior middleweight world title from 2015-2016 before losing to Canelo Alvarez via ninth-round stoppage. He is 6-1 since the Alvarez fight, including two wins over current middleweight contender Liam Williams. Smith is riding a three-bout winning streak since his latest world title challenge, a game 2018 decision loss to Jaime Munguia.
Kurbanov is a six-year pro who has held the WBO International junior middleweight title twice before. His most notable victory came in November 2019, when he outlasted longtime contender Diego Chaves over 12 rounds. Kurbanov went 3-0 in 2020, including a decision win over Ismail Iliev.
Liam Smith: “If you throw a challenge at me I’ll take it with both hands. This fight was offered to me, so I watched a clip of Kurbanov and thought that if I turn up I’ll beat him 10 times out of 10.
“We’ve all been going through the pandemic and there haven’t been many offers coming in, so this was a fight I thought I’d take. Everything made sense to me and it’s a good fight that people are talking about.
“Kurbanov can punch a bit, and it’s a fight that has made me sit up, take notice and get my teeth into. I’m in very good shape and I can’t wait to be back.
“I’m in the last part of my career now, but I haven’t been in many wars and I live a good, clean life at home. I’m ticking all the boxes and performing well in the gym, so I can’t wait to be back under those lights.
“I’m happy with what I’ve been doing in the build up, and I’m confident of beating Kurbanov. I’m not looking past him, but if I beat him then the doors are wide open for some big fights.”
Undercard: Welterweight contender Eduard Skavynskyi (13-0, 7 KOs), who was born in Ukraine and now resides in Yekaterinburg, will fight former world title challenger Joel Julio (39-5, 33 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
In a 10-round showdown for the vacant WBO European junior featherweight belt, Evgenii Liashkov (8-1, 2 KOs) will go for his ninth consecutive victory against Mukhammad Shekhov (8-0-1, 3 KOs), a one-time amateur standout for his native Uzbekistan.
Enriko Gogokhia (12-0, 7 KOs), a former professional kickboxing standout from the nation of Georgia, will look to extend his knockout streak to five against Gustavo David Vittori (24-7-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight contest.
Southpaw boxer-puncher Zafar Parpiev (9-2, 2 KOs), who is coming off a December knockout win over the previously undefeated Turat Osmonov, will fight Filipino veteran Alphoe Dagayloan (14-4-6, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder at junior bantamweight.
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