Light middleweight contenders, Magomed Kurbanov of Russia and Patrick Teixeira of Brazil, will finally collide on July 9 in one of the important fights in the light middleweight division. The bout, which has been postponed before, will take place at the Uralets Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and will be promoted by the RCC Boxing Promotions. It will be scheduled for ten rounds.
Kurbanov and Teixeira were previously set to clash against each other in December 2021 as a chief support for the Dmitry Bivol vs. Umar Salamov showdown. This fight was cancelled several hours before it should have happened after Kurbanov had displayed some fever-like symptoms.
TBRB #9 Magomed Kurbanov (22-0, 13 KOs), also rated #8 by the WBC and #14 by the IBF, was last seen in the ring in May 2021, when he hammered out a very close (some say questionable) unanimous decision over grizzled British veteran Liam Smith. He hasn’t been seen in action after that.
Patrick Teixeira (31-3, 22 KOs), presently unrated by major sanctioning bodies, will come into this fight riding a two-bout losing streak. Teixeira’s biggest achievement was a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Carlos Adames, which brought him an interim version of the WBO 154lb title. One which he lost in February 2021 to Brian Carlos Castano. In between the first cancelled encounter with Kurbanov and the second revived against the same boxer, Teixeira managed to lose on a DQ to unheralded Paul Valenzuela Cuesta in April 2022.
There will be two more ten-rounders in the card. Rapidly rising super middleweight stylist Pavel Silyagin (10-0, 5 KOs) is penciled to take on durable Mexican gatekeeper Jose de Jesus Macias (28-10-1, 14 KOs), who has recently been looking good against some semi-protected fighters. SIlyagin is the WBC #1 rated fighter, who is also ranked #9 by the TBRB.
In another ten-rounder, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Evgueny Tischchsenko (9-1, 6 KOs), who dominated fellow compatriot Dmitry Kudryashov in his most recent fight, will look to continue the recent revival against Kureysh Sagov (6-1, 2 KOs).
The card will also feature two much-awaited professional debuts of Russian nationals Gleb Bakshi (2019 WC gold and 2020 Tokyo bronze medalist) and Saveliy Sadoma (2021 WC bronze medalist), as well as next fights for talented heavyweights Alexander Dorofeev (5-0, 2 KOs) and Lazizbek Mullojonov (2-0, 2 KOs) and cruiserweight Yaroslav Doronichev (1-0).