WBO #5 Magomed Kurbanov (22-0, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBO junior middleweight world champion and WBO #2 Liam “Beefy” Smith (29-3-1, 16 KOs) to win the vacant WBO International 154lb title on Friday night at KRK Uralets in Yekaterinburg, Russia. It was a pick’em fight going in, and it was indeed a close fight with both fighters having their moments. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111, all for the hometown fighter.
Unbeaten welterweight Eduard Skavynskyi (14-0, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over faded former world title challenger Joel Julio (39-6, 33 KOs). Skavynskyi dropped Julio in round five. No scores announced.