Mark Your Card: Magomed Kurbanov UD 12 Liam Smith – The Ring


I’d promised myself that I used to be going to create a brand new column revolving round ludicrous scorecards and – Murphy’s regulation – my first entry comes sizzling on the heels of my most up-to-date card being perceived by many as suspect.

My ultimate tally for Canelo-Saunders was 4-4 after eight classes (relax and preserve studying). I gave the Englishman rounds 1, 5, 6 and seven and the remainder to The Ring tremendous middleweight champion. Consensus was 5-3 or 6-2 Canelo, so I’m not one million away, however I used to be struck by on-line rotten fruit and half eaten tacos regardless. Anyway, the numbers have been incidental; Canelo was the boss within the ring, he did ALL the harm and received by stoppage.

This column seeks to reveal playing cards in distance fights that alter profession trajectory and paint a false image of what really occurred.

Right here we go:

Struggle: Magomed Kurbanov vs. Liam Smith
Date: Might 7, 2021
Location: KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Weight Class: Junior Middleweight

Storyline: In his largest check so far, the unbeaten Kurbanov (21-0, 13 knockouts), 25, Ekaterinburg, Russia takes on former world titleholder Liam Smith (29-2-1, 16 KOs), 32, Liverpool, England.

Kurbanov, who’s combating in his residence metropolis, appears to be like to displace Smith because the WBO’s No. 2 rated junior middleweight. As disconcerting as it could be, the Englishman in all probability wants a knockout or an enormous efficiency to get the nod away from residence. Full Disclosure: Russia just isn’t the one nation with that status.

Struggle: This was a wonderful battle. Each males have been evenly matched and the model confrontation resulted in some very good motion. Kurbanov used his jab properly all through however Smith was capable of match it, doubling and tripling together with his lead hand commonly. Kurbanov countered properly in sports activities, significantly with the suitable hand, however Smith pressured the tempo and made the house fighter work lots tougher than he needed to.

Scorecard: It was a intently contested battle and I had Smith shading it 115-114 or 6-5-1 in rounds. Of the six rounds I awarded to Smith, 5 of them, in my eyes, have been decisive. Did I count on the Liverpool warrior to get the choice? I used to be sceptical given the placement.

Kurbanov Smith Technique
Spherical 1 9 10 Swing Spherical
Spherical 2 10 9 Decisive
Spherical 3 10 10 N/A
Spherical 4 9 10 D
Spherical 5 9 10 D
Spherical 6 10 9 D
Spherical 7 9 10 D
Spherical 8 10 9 S
Spherical 9 9 10 D
Spherical 10 10 9 S
Spherical 11 10 9 S
Spherical 12 9 10 D
Totals: 114 115

Judges’ Scorecards:

Bence Kovacs (Hungary, Budapest): 115-113 Kurbanov
Dmitry Boldyrev (Ekaterinburg, Russia): 115-113 Kurbanov
Viktor Fesechko (Ukraine): 117-112 Kurbanov

Offending Scorecard: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work that one out. Fesechko’s 117-112 card interprets to 8-3-1 for the house fighter and that’s laborious to take. As I mentioned, 5 of the classes I scored for Smith have been decisive, so the numbers don’t add up. Fesechko is a Ukrainian official, who, like his colleagues, was appointed by the WBO. He’s had a 13-year profession as a choose and of the 337 bouts he’s officiated, lower than a half a dozen of them have been scheduled for 12 rounds.

Fan/ Skilled opinion: Regardless of looking, I didn’t come throughout one single scorecard that had Kurbanov profitable this combat. A draw or 115-113 Smith have been the extra standard tallies. Maintaining issues in perspective, nevertheless, the vast majority of these scores have been from U.Okay. and U.S. sources.

Closing Evaluation: Smith was not solely up towards Kurbanov; he was additionally taking up a choose from his opponent’s residence metropolis and one other from neighbouring Ukraine. The latter turned in a scorecard that was very poor and the Liverpool man was laborious carried out by. For somebody that doesn’t know any higher, this 117-112 card offers the phantasm that Smith misplaced this combat broad and nothing could possibly be farther from the reality. German referee Joerg Milke was additionally the stuff of nightmares and may have deducted factors from the house fighter for holding. Did Kurbanov show that he was the higher man on this combat? No, he didn’t.

What’s wanted: Given the stakes, Smith deserves a direct rematch. Impartial floor would assist as would a extra assorted geographical trio of officers.

Be aware: This was a primary try and my plan is to make the most of fan and skilled scoring going ahead and possibly use some quotes. The nationality of the fighter who I understand to have been handled unfairly is irrelevant – there isn’t a bias. The truth is, one of many bouts that motivated me to go this route was Newcastle, England’s Lewis Ritson scoring a controversial determination win over Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez in October 2020.

I additionally plan on difficult the scoring system, which myself and plenty of others imagine to be outdated and ineffectual.


Tom Grey is Affiliate Editor for Ring Journal. Observe him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing



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