EXCLUSIVE: Magomed Kurbanov – The Black Lion on The Hunt


Kurbanov is hoping a win Friday evening will propel him into world title competition. Picture Credit score: RCC Boxing.

Because the energy in depth of the 154 pound division continues to increase, Dagestan’s ‘The Black Lion’ Magomed Kurbanov (21-0) is the newest critical contender to hitch the social gathering at mild middleweight.

Properly ranked at #5 by the IBF and WBO, the Russian additionally holds a #15 rating with the IBF and #17 with WBC. A transparent intention by promotional outfit RCC Boxing Promotions to get Magomed ‘into place’ for a run at a world title.

This Friday evening will see the 25-year-old tackle his hardest take a look at up to now, dealing with off in opposition to former world champion Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (29-2-1) for the vacant WBO Worldwide title in Ekaterinburg reside on ESPN +.

“Liam Smith is an excellent fighter,” Kurbanov instructed proboxing-fans.com.

“I price him as a prime opponent. I count on to see an ideal consultant of the English faculty of boxing, a fighter who is consistently coming ahead and brings the combat.

“We’re taking our preparations very critically.” ‘The Black Lion’ continued with the help of translator, Oleksandr Chepilko.

“I used to be really getting ready for a combat with Tim Tszyu, as I believed I might be preventing him. I did a component of my coaching camp in England, which was a superb expertise. Then I understood that the phrases for the combat weren’t agreed!

Tim Tszyu. Credit: News.com.au
Tim Tszyu. Credit score: Information.com.au

“Later I used to be instructed that there have been negotiations to combat Liam Smith. There wasn’t a set date however I used to be instructed that the negotiations have been going nicely. I began getting ready for the Brit, so once I was instructed that the combat was agreed, I used to be already in fine condition regardless of all the issues with the different combat with Tszyu.

“However, proper now I’m prepared for any combat in opposition to any opponent. I’ve been in coaching camp for round 5 months!”

Having skilled in England, most just lately with Josh Kelly in preparation for his bout in opposition to David Avanesyan, our dialog naturally moved in direction of British boxing.

“I’ve been to England 4 instances. I’ve skilled with native boxers earlier than. From what I’ve realized is that British fighters are very robust, prefer to combat and to make it gritty within the ring. I’ll additionally say that they can take a punch. However what makes them stand out essentially the most is that they’re all the time prepared for a combat, it doesn’t matter what!

“Liam Smith for instance, he’s positively up there as one in all my hardest opponents.”

Liam Smith has been vocal about wanting the Kell Brook fight since he has signed with Matchroom Boxing. Credit: Matchroom Boxing.
Liam Smith travels to Russia to problem for his newest title. Credit score: Matchroom Boxing.

Friday evening offers Kurbanov with an opportunity at some minor silverware and an opportunity for nice publicity on a world scale with the bout being televised on ESPN +. A possibility that Kurbanov is decided to not move him by.

“I had numerous possibilities to field for an interim title or to turn out to be the primary contender within the rankings. Nonetheless, for one motive or one other it by no means labored out.

“I received’t let this opportunity slip by me. I’m getting ready in a approach that enables me to keep away from any accidents and method the combat in prime preventing form. The combat in opposition to Smith is a chance to get a world title shot.

“This combat will open numerous doorways. It should give me an opportunity to combat for the world title. Perhaps I might be in a position to combat Tim Tszyu or Jaime Munguia, each of them are on my radar!

“I might additionally prefer to combat Charlo, Castano and different elite boxers. I need to attain the highest and keep at that degree for an extended time.”

Castano could be on course for an undisputed showdown with unified world champion Jermell Charlo Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Castano may very well be on track for an undisputed showdown with unified world champion Jermell Charlo Picture Credit score: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Hailing from a area that has an intensive fight sports activities background, Magomed grew up within the village of Pervomaiskoe, Dagestan. He was taken to the boxing health club at simply 12-years-old by his Uncle and has not seemed again since.

Now residing in Ekaterinburg, it seems his skilled boxing backroom employees and amenities are organized in a approach that may give ‘The Black Lion’ each probability to deliver residence some new jewelry.

“I’m coaching in my hometown, Ekaterinburg, within the RCC health club. Right here I’ve the whole lot that I would like. My workforce consists of everybody within the health club. My coach, Mekhakin Soburov, Grigory Komlev and David Seberikyan. We work very nicely collectively, we belief one another and work in direction of the identical purpose. Our purpose is to turn out to be a world champion.

“The preparations for Liam Smith are going nicely, we’re doing the whole lot we will to make sure my victory. The sparring classes are going nicely. I’m positive that the whole lot will work out.”

Kurbanov has been in coaching for a very long time and is greater than prepared for Friday evening. Picture Credit score: Boxing Scene.

Regarding the upcoming bout with Smith, I requested if preparations had been altered to cope with his first British opponent.

“Nothing particular, Smith is simply one other opponent. We take all preparations critically although, I all the time attempt to push myself and do higher than earlier than. I should be prepared for 12 rounds of continuous motion.”

With Friday’s WBO Worldwide title combat able to be broadcast worldwide, Kurbanov’s profile and boxing means might be marketed to the entire business who has something to do with the 154 pound division.

The ambition is evident, world titles are within the sights of the Russian. Picture Credit score: RCC Boxing.

Magomed Kurbanov has solely ever fought in his native Russia, once I popped the query, ‘do you have plans to combat overseas?’ His response was not the same old from a really typical query.

“Sure, I’ve solely fought in Russia, however most of American fighters solely combat in USA while the English combat in England. I don’t actually get the query because the ring is identical in every single place – in USA or in Africa.

“It doesn’t make a distinction the place I field. I might gladly field in USA, England and different nations.”


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