Earlier this week we reported that Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] was planning his return early next year. Today more details were released about his potential return to the ring.
The fight spoke to the Kazakh press and revealed that he is now working alongside boxing super manager Egis Klimas, having left having left Nelson Lopez Sr. Comments given to the media didn't just reveal a change in who Islam was working with but also that Klimas would be able to get Islam a fight when he's ready.
The injury, that has kept Islam out of the ring, was apparently going to take 7 to 8 months to hear from when it happened. It appears that Klimas was fine with that and advised Islam to let him know when he was cleared to fight.
Islam revealed that he is in touch with the doctors, and they are expected to give him answers on if, or when, he can return by the within a month. This makes it seem like things are close to him returning, and the March date he had previously eyed is clearly a possibility. It still seems like things aren't 100% but Islam is clearly closing in on being medically fit to continue his career.
Whilst we've seen various fighters from Central Asia make their mark in 2018 one man has been conspicuous by his absence form the ring, especially given that he was on the verge of a world title fight at the start of the year. That fighter is Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат], who was on the verge of a world title fight as we entered the year, but hasn't fought at all in 2018, due to injuries.
Today he revealed to the Kazakh press that he was now ready to return to the ring, and would be looking to fight again in March 2019, in what will be his first bout since stopping Brandon Cook in September 2017. The specifics aren't clear at the moment, such as venue date or opponent, though it is great to know that he is looking to make things clearer in the new year.
Islam stated that at the moment his immediate focus is on an event he's involved in from the promotional side of things later this month, and that he's wanting to build the Kazakh domestic scene. With that in mind it wouldn't be a surprise to see his return take place in Kazakhstan, but for now it's very much unclear.
(Image courtesy of Vesti)
On December 16th there's going to be a professional Kazakh card, held at the SC "Daulet", Astana.
The full details have yet to be announced, though several fighters involved on the show have been named.
Among those confirmed for the show is unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Ruslan Myrsatayev (5-0, 5) [Руслан Мырсатаев] as well as Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6) [Айдар Шарибаев]. There are set to be 5 total professional bouts on the card, from our understanding, though no bouts have been officially confirmed as of yet.
Interestingly the card is also set to have former world ranked hopeful Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] attending as a special guest, though not as an active fighter.
Although the details of the show are still incomplete it is worth noting the show will be free to attend.
According to Kazakh website Vesti.kz unbeaten fighter Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] is not retired, but is instead recovering from injury.
The website reported that Islam told them not only is he recovering but is also planning his future bouts, likely planning fight in an easy comeback bout before a major bout soon afterwards.
Sadly though he didn't give any kinda of estimated return date, and with his 34th birthday taking place recently it's unclear as to how much more time he needs to recover and how much longer he can continue to box on, regardless.
Interestingly the 34 year old boxer was active in public today as he took part in the torch relay for the Universiade 2019, or the World University Games 2019, which will take place in Italy. Islam was one of a number of major Kazakh athlete taking part in the event in Almaty.
(Image courtesy of vsti.kz)
Earlier this month we reported that Kazakh fighter Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) had been removed from the WBA world rankings, with the WBA following the WBO and WBC in leaving him out of their rankings.
It's now been revealed that the IBF also having him out of their rankings, with the latest rankings being released earlier this week and not including the unbeaten Light Middleweight hopeful.
The talented Islam was last seen in action just under a year ago, when he scored a 9th round TKO win over Canadian fighter Brandon Cook. A planned ring return earlier this year was cancelled when Islam suffered a leg injury and he's not yet planned any sort of ring return.
Last month he was ranked #8 by the IBF so his omission, despite the inactivity, does seem to be a weird one especially given that at the time of the rankings he hadn't actually been inactive for a year.
The removal from all 4 world rankings leaves the Chinese born American based Kazakh in a poor position if he's wanting to fight for a world title before his career comes to an end. He's currently 33 and will need to return to the ring, and reclimb the rankings, if he's to get a shot, but with not scheduled return date it's hard to know what his plans are.
Although no Kazakh source is currently reporting it, one possible explanation may be that Islam has signified his injury is worse than expected and that he will be out for a prolonged time, or worse he may be heading into retirement ending his career.
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