Magomed Kurbanov Defeats Liam Smith in Russia
Magomed Kurbanov Defeats Liam Smith
Liam Smith suffered a close points defeat to Magomed Kurbanov during their fight in Russia on Friday.
Former world champion Smith (29-3-1, 16 KOs) was facing Kurbanov (22-0, 13 KOs) in Ekaterinburg, with the WBO International super-welterweight title also on the line.
It was a superb start from Smith, who appeared to drop Kurbanov in the first round, but the referee decided not to score it as a knockdown.
Both fighters were trading as the rounds progress, with Smith having the majority of the success, rocking Kurbanov on several occasions.
It was a brilliant fight, and it looked like Smith would come out on top, but the judges controversially scored it 117-112, 115-113, 115-113 in Kurbanov’s favour.
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