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Boxing Results: Magomed Kurbanov Defeats Liam “Beefy” Smith in Russia Friday!


By Ken Hissner: At the KRK “Uralets” Ekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, German Titov (RCC Boxing), over ESPN+, presented in the Main Event Magomed Kurabanov defeating former WBO World Super Welter champ Liam Smith for the vacant WBO Super Welter International title over 12 rounds.

In the Main Event, the WBO No. 5 ranked Magomed “Black Lion” Kurbanov, 22-0 (13), #154, of Ekaterinburg, RUS, defeated the WBO No. 2 ranked former WBO Light Middle champ Liam “Beefy” Smith, 29-3-1 (16), #153½, of Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, for the vacant WBO Super Welter Int’l title, over 12 rounds.

In the first round, a left hook from Smith on the chin of Kurbanov dropped him while he was up immediately the referee failed to give him a count.

In the second through the fourth Smith got the best of the action over Kurbanov. In the fifth round Kurbanov pin pointed his punches against Smith taking the round. In the sixth round in the final seconds Kurbanov rocked Smith with a right to the chin following with another right having Smith hurt at the bell.

In the seventh round Kurbanov continued to outwork Smith until the final seconds when Smith rocked Kurbanov with a right to the chin. In the eighth round Smith drew blood from the mouth of Kurbanov who may have won a close round.

In the ninth round Smith had a big round. In the tenth round Kurbanov rocked Smith with a right to the chin in the final fifteen seconds while at the bell it was a Smith left hook on the chin of Kurbanov finding the mark.

In a close eleventh round Kurbanov landed a right uppercut followed by a left hook to the chin of Smith in the final seconds. In the twelfth and final round of a close fight Smith may have pulled out the round.

Scores were 115-113 twice and 117-111. This writer had it 114-114.
“I want to thank my trainer and my training team. I want to thank the crowd In attendance for their support,” said Kurbanov.

Welter Eduard Skavynskiy, 14-0 (7), #151, of UKR and Ekaterinburg, RUS, defeated Joel Julio, 39-6 (33), #152¾, of COL and Miami, FL, over 10 rounds.

In the first three rounds Skavynskiy chased Julio landing to the head. In the fourth round Julio outworked Skavynskiy. In the fifth round Julio landed a right uppercut to the chin of Skavynskiy who countered with a left hook to the chin driving Julio through the lower ropes in the final twenty seconds for an 8-count.

In the sixth through the ninth Skavynskiy chased Julio landing many left hooks to the chin of Julio. In the final round Shavnskiy continued to be the busier of the two. This writer scored 99-90 for the winner.

Super Bantam Evjenii Liashkov, 8-2 (2), #121¾, of Ekaterinburg, RUS, lost a split decision to southpaw Mukhammad Shekov, 9-0-1 (3), #121¾, of UZB and Vlikie, Luki, RUS, for the vacant WBO European title, over 10 rounds.

In the second round due to a clash of heads Liashkov suffered a small cut under the left eyebrow. In the fourth round the blood from Liashkov’s but ran down the left side of his face but he won the round. In the eighth round Liashkov had his best round coming forward landing left hooks to the chin of Shekov.

In the tenth and final rounds final minute Shekov landed an overhand left to the chin of Liashkov causing him to fall into a clinch.

Scores were 96-94 for both and 97-93 for Shekov. This writer had it 96-94 Shekov.

Welter southpaw Enriko “Gudan” Gogokhia, 13-0 (8), #143¾, of GEO and Oxnard, CA, stopped southpaw Gustavo “El Perrito” Vittori, 24-8-1 (12), #143¾, of Concordia, Entre Rios, ARG, at 0:43 of the fourth round in a scheduled 8 rounds.

In the first three rounds Gogokhia dominated. In the fourth round Gogkhia landed a left to the right eye of Vittori opening up a cut on the eyebrow followed by a right jab opening a cut on the bridge of the nose knocking him to the canvas. Upon rising the referee called a halt.

Super Fly southpaw Zafar Parpiev, 10-2 (3), #115¾, of TAJ, and Nizhnevartovsk, RUS, #115¾, stopped southpaw Alphoe “The Bull” Dagayloan, 14-5-6 (5), #116, of Bacor, Cavite, PH, after 3 rounds of a scheduled 8 rounds.

In the third round Parpiev rocked Dagayloan with a left on the chin knocking him backwards into the ropes where the referee issued an 8-count. Dagayloan had a small cut under his left eyebrow. The corner of Dagayloan wouldn’t allow him out for the fourth round.

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