On October 26th Kanat Islam (26-0, 21) [Ислам Канат] will face off with Namibian puncher Walter Kautondokwa (18-1, 17) in Kazakhstan. That bout has been known about for a while, however we had no information bout the under-card until earlier today.
Today we were informed that the card will feature a number of Kazakh hopefuls. These include Super Middleweight Arman Rysbek (6-0, 5) [Рысбек Арман] and Heavyweight Ruslan Myrsatayev (6-0, 6) [Руслан Мырсатаев] as well less experienced fighters like Askar Yerubek (1-0, 1) [Аскара Ерубека] and Nursultan Amanzholov (1-0) [Нурсултана Аманжолова] and the once beaten Beksultan Raushanov (5-1, 3) [Бексултана Раушанова].
Sadly whilst we do have the names of the Kazakh's in the supporting bouts none of their opponents haven't yet been announced. They are, however, expected to be confirmed at a press conference in the coming days.
In July Kazakh fighter Kanat Islam (26-0, 21) [Ислам Канат] ended a lengthy run of inactivity as he defeated Julio De Jesus (27-2, 24) in a "blink and you miss it" bout.
Now news has broke of Islam's next bout, which will take place on October 26th in the Kazakh capital of Nur Sultan.
The unbeaten Kazakh is now set to take on once beaten Namibian puncher Walter Kautondokwa (18-1, 17), a man best known for his 2018 WBO world title fight against Demetrius Andrade. The bout will pit two top 15 WBO ranked fighters against each other in a bout for WBO International Middleweight title, and will see the winner taking a huge step towards a potential world title fight.
Islam, at the age of 35, needs to get some momentum back into his career. Things have been very frustrating for the Kazakh over the last few years, due to a string of injuries and any more setbacks could well end his his dream of ever fighting for a world title. On the other hand Kautondokwa was dominated in his sole world title bout, losing by scores of 119-105 and 120-104, twice, to Andrade, and will know another loss here ends any hope of him getting a second shot.
At the moment no other bouts from the under-card have been confirmed though we're expecting a lot more news about this card in the coming weeks.
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Back in July we saw unbeaten Kazakh Kanat Islam (26-0, 21) [Ислам Канат], at least briefly, as he destroyed foe Julio De Jesus (27-2, 24) in around 10 seconds. That was Islam's first fight since September 2017, and although it was brief it was an explosive win.
Thankfully won't need to wait close to 2 years to see him back in the ring, with his next bout now scheduled. Islam stated that he had been training for the last 10 days in the mountains and revealed the scheduled date of his return was October 26th.
Sadly very few details have been revealed about the contest, but it will take place at Middleweight, will be promoted by Qazaq Promtoions and sounds like it will be in Kazakhstan, like his win over De Jesus. Sadly there has been no opponent named.
Interestingly Islam revealed that Nelson Lopez, his former promoter, would be there.
After weeks of rumours and speculation we can now report that unbeaten Kazakh Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] has now got an opponent set for his long awaited ring return!
The once world ranked Islam, who hasn't for almost 2 years due to injury woes, will return to the ring on July 5th in Almaty, in his native Kazakhstan, to battle against Dominican puncher Julio De Jesus (27-1, 24), a 37 year old who has been out of the ring for just a year himself.
Despite the inactivity of both fighters the bout will actually be for a minor title, with the fighters trading blows for the WBO Inter Continental Middleweight title.
Interestingly the last time we saw Islam was when he fought at 154lbs, against Brandon Cook, and he will be moving up for this fight. Despite Islam moving up, he's only going up a single division, with De Jesus has has spent much of his career at 140lbs, fighting entirely on the Dominican domestic scene. He's skipping all the way up to Middleweight for the bout.
At the moment the full card hasn't been confirmed, but this match up will be the main event, and should be a bout with a lot of interest from fans interested to see Islam return to the ring after such a long lay off.
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