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Magomed Kurbanov vs Liam Smith Odds and Pick

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

May 5, 2021 · 6:36 AM PDT

Magomed Kurbanov vs Liam Smith odds - May 7th
Magomed Kurbanov puts his unblemished record on the line as he fights Liam Smith in Russia on Friday.
  • Magomed Kurbanov vs Liam Smith goes Friday, May 7th at 12:00 PM EST
  • Who will emerge victorious and hoist WBO gold?
  • Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below

Magomed Kurbanov and Liam Smith will test skills at KRK Uralets Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kurbanov vs Smith broadcasts on ESPN+.

The vacant WBO international super welterweight title is up for grabs in this looming prizefight between Magomed Kurbanov and Liam Smith.

Magomed Kurbanov vs Liam Smith Odds

Fighter Odds at DraftKings
Liam Smith -125
Magomed Kurbanov -106

Odds as of May 5th

Kurbanov has held this very same hardware and is looking for his second stint with the crown. Conversely, Smith looks to add another belt to his mantle and use this as a launching pad towards becoming a WBO world champion again.

These two match up quite well with one another on paper. This is reflected in the parity conveyed by the oddsmakers’ lines here.

Liam Smith’s Path Back to the WBO World Title

Smith makes a move back to 154 pounds here after recent time competing at 160 pounds. He returns to a weight category he was formerly a champion in, and he rides a three-fight win streak heading into fight night.

Smith captured the world title in 2015 and held it for a year, defending it multiple times before losing his hold on the gold to Canelo Alvarez.

Liam Smith’s last contest saw him defeat Roberto Garcia via unanimous decision in their December 2019 bout.

The UK pugilist has been sharpening his tools in California as of late with the well-regarded trainer Manny Robles. An experienced head coach who has guided individuals like Andy Ruiz Jr to world title glory with similar aspirations for Smith going forward.

The experienced warrior looks to add these new wrinkles to his game ahead of clashing with a man seven years his junior who enters the ring with an unblemished record.

Magomed Kurbanov’s Biggest Test Yet

Kurbanov is undefeated as a pro boxer through twenty-one straight contests. But he is taking a marked step up in competition here against Liam Smith.

Magomed Kurbanov will certainly have the territorial familiarity here as he has fought most of his professional bouts in Ekaterinburg.

The ring rust narrative is there a bit for Smith. While Liam Smith was competitively dormant, Kurbanov rattled off three straight victories with back-to-back stoppage wins.

#6 ranked WBO contender Magomed Kurbanov looks to carry his winning streak to twenty-two straight and take out the WBO’s #3 ranked contender in the process.

Smith’s advantages lie within his veteran savvy and the nuanced fistic trickery of fighting at the highest levels. The knowledge that can potentially baffle a younger, surging pugilist in Kurbanov.

Kurbanov vs Smith Tale of the Tape

21-0 Record 29-2-1
13 Knockouts 16
5’9.5 Height 5’9.5
Not Available Reach Not Available
Ismail Iliev, Diego Gabriel Chaves, Charles Manyuchi Significant Wins Liam Williams, Sam Eggington, John Thompson
Orthodox Stance Orthodox

This contest is scheduled for twelve rounds, and I can see the judges playing a role in the outcome for this one.

I think there’s value in going with prop bets on this fight going the distance (-167), as well as Kurbanov winning via points/ decision (+188).

Ultimately, I can see the former conquering the latter when Kurbanov vs Smith goes down.

Pick: Magomed Kurbanov (-106)

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