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Kurbanov vs Smith

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Record: KO: KO Pct: Age: Height: Weight: Reach: Stance: Nationality: Titles:
Magomed Kurbanov 21 -0 -0 13 62% 177cm/5 feet 9"  - - orthodox Russia -
Liam Smith 29 -2 -1 14 44% 176cm/5 feet 9"  - - orthodox United Kingdom -




Kurbanov vs Smith Results and Scoring

Kurbanov (Won) UD Smith


Kurbanov vs Smith Date, Location and Broadcast



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The 32-year-old Smith (29-2-1, 16 KO) has held a world title at 154 in the past, and was recently fighting at 160, but is coming back down to junior middleweight to face Kurbanov. 

Smith has won three straight since his 2018 loss to Jaime Munguia.

The surging Kurbanov (21-0, 13 KO), fighting in his native Russia, will be the A-side and will look to make a statement here. A win would put him "in the conversation" at 154.

  • Movin' on up: Kurbanov is one of the hottest risers in boxing; Smith will serve as his biggest test to date

  • Rankings: Kurbanov is BoxRec's No. 15 jr middleweight; Smith is ranked no. 5 by the same org.

  • 6-1: Smith's record since losing to Canelo Alvarez in 2016

  • WBO/IBF/WBA: Kurbanov is ranked Nos. 5, 15 and 5, respectively. 

  • Level of opposition: Smith, of course, has faced better opposition having fought Canelo Alvarez and Jaime Munguia (both loses). He's also defeated Liam Williams and Sam Eggington.

  • Rumors: There was some talk in 2020 of Smith fighting Kell Brook, but it didn’t pan out.

BoxRec's Top 15 jr middleweights (as of 5/4/21)
  Jermell Charlo*
  Tim Tszyu
  Brian Carlos Castano*
  Michel Soro
  Liam Smith*
  Erickson Lubin*
  Jarrett Hurd
  Jack Culcay
  Jeff Horn
  Sebastian Fundora
  Kerman Lejarraga
  Sergio Garcia
  Israil Madrimov
  Brandon Adams
  Magomed Kurbanov*

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