On Saturday October 26 at the Express in Rostov on Don, Russia. undefeated Natalia Smirnova faces Hana Horakova from the Czech Republic for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens Intercontinental Lightweight title.
The fight will be one of several title fights on a massive promotion staged by ITS Promotion in cooperation with SKV Boxing, and will be televised live throughout Russia on Boets TV.
Born in Samara, Russia, and growing up on the banks of the Volga River, Smirnova (6-0, 4 KOs) is currently based in Hamburg, Germany. She turned professional this past February in Romania, and then won three fights in Germany inside the distance over the next few months.
In May she returned to Russia to take on Hana Horakova, who gave the local fighter all she could handle before Smirnova was awarded a hard-fought unanimous decision, and now the two are set to rematch with the WBF title on the line.
While it will be the first championship fight in the career or Horakova, who brings a deceiving 3-9 record and has boxed some of the best in the world, Smirnova is coming off a third round stoppage of the previously undefeated Veronika Hornyak in a fight where she captured three regional belts.
Time will tell if Smirnova has developed from the experience of a title fight, or if Horakova will again give her a tough battle and a crowd-pleasing fight.