Former WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam Smith is set to enter rival territory. Smith, from Liverpool, England, will battle undefeated Russian contender Magomed Kurbanov for the vacant WBO International junior middleweight title on Friday, May 7 at KRK Uralets in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Boxing fans in the US can watch Smith vs Kurbanov live stream on ESPN+. The start tine is scheduled for 11 am ET / 8 am PT. In other countries around the World the live stream is available on FITE. The PPV cost is $9.99 USD.
Smith (29-2-1, 16 KOs) 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. British boxer is riding a three-bout winning streak since his latest world title challenge, a game 2018 decision loss to Jaime Munguia.
Kurbanov (21-0, 13 KOs) 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.
Kurbanov vs Smith 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.
Kurbanov vs Smith fight card
Magomed Kurbanov vs. Liam Smith, 12 rounds, junjor middleweight – for vacant WBO International junior middleweight title
Eduard Skavynskyi vs. Joel Julio, 10 rounds, welterweight
Evgenii Liashkov vs. Mukhammad Shekhov, 10 rounds, junior featherweight – for vacant WBO European junior featherweight title
Enriko Gogokhia vs. Gustavo David Vittori, 8 rounds, junior welterweight
Zafar Parpiev vs. Alphoe Dagayloan, 8 rounds, junior bantamweight