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.
Last September we saw a huge show in Astana, Kazakhstan. In the main event of that card was local hopeful Kanat Islam (25-0, 20), who scored a 9th round TKO win over Canadian fighter Brandon Cook, and it seemed like Islam was well on the way to a world title fight.
Sadly since the Islam hasn't actually fought, meaning he's been out of the ring for around a year. That includes a cancelled summer fight, which saw him pulling out due to a leg injury ahead of a scheduled bout on June 23rd.
With the inactivity it seems like the world title bodies have gotten bored of waiting for Islam to fight. As a result he's been removed in the recent world rankings from the WBA, WBC and WBO with the IBF expected to follow when they release their next rankings.
Given how highly Islam was once ranked by the WBA, it seems a real hit to both the unbeaten fighter and Kazakh boxing.
We're hoping that Islam can return to action sooner rather than later, especially given that Cook who Islam beat a year ago is now set for a career defining world title fight on September 15th as part of the Golovkin Vs Alvarez II card.
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Earlier today fight fans in Astana, Kazakhstan, had plenty to celebrate as a number of Kazakh fighters picked up wins, with some really shining in impressive fashion, and other being forced to work hard for victory in an interesting card
The card was shown, in part, on Fite.TV, who broadcast the show in English on a very affordable PPV model. The Fite.TV portion of the show featured 5 bouts in total.
The first of those was a show case for Nursultan Zhanabayev (3-0, 2), as he stopped Brazilian Alex Sandro Duarte (13-2-1, 10) in side a round. The Brazilian was down within seconds, and was bullied and beaten until the bout stopped.
The second bout was also a mismatch as Ruslan Myrsatayev (4-0, 4) battered the under-sized Andres Matias (5-1, 5) into submission. The visitor showed little in terms of out put but had little quit in him, until finally being worn down but the pitbull like Myrsatayev in round 4.
Heart was the order of the day and that was proven when Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) spent 6 rounds using Gilberto Pereira dos Santos (14-6, 10) as a human punch bag. dos Santos showed his toughness and refused to ever go down, but was out boxed, out moved, out punched and out-everything but the former amateur standout, who tried everything to get the stoppage.
In an entertaining scrap Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) over-came Argentinian puncher Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-5, 18) in a fun fight, but one thta seemed to show that Turarov was a long, long way from being the next star of Kazakh boxing. The unbeaten fighter showed touches of genius, but then followed those up by dropping his hands, eating shots he should have avoided and failing to build on his better moments. It was a clear win, with all 3 judges scoring it 97-93, but it could, and perhaps should, have been a shut out.
In the main event Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) did a demolision job on the gutsy and insanely tough Brandon Cook (18-1, 11), who was finally saved by the referee in round 9. Cook had been dropped in the opening round, as well as rounds 5 and 8, he had suffered nasty facial swelling from early in the contest and had taken a beating until the eventual stoppage, having proven himself as an incredibly tough man, but one who lacked the fire power to get Islam's respect.
Away from the Fite.TV broadcast were wins for Ali Akhmedov (9-0, 7), Aidos Yerbossynuly (7-0, 6), Meiirim Nursultanov (4-0, 3) and Dimash Niyazov (12-0-3, 5), with only Niyazov being taken the distance.
In a few hours we'll get the chance to see a Light Middlweight contest betwene unbeaten contenders as Kanat Islam (24-0, 19) takes on Canadian Brandon Cook (18-0, 11), in a really good looking match up on paper.
As with many good bouts there's a chance to gamble on the contest, and interestingly for those gamblers the bout is being seen as a bit of a mismatch.
The bookies in the UK have priced the Kazakh as a clear favourite, best priced at 3/10, whilst the visiting Canadian can be backed at 19/5, giving a potentially solid return. for his backers and those who believe that the Candian is the man going places, and not the much fancied Islam.
There is no "method of victory" market for the fight, however the fight does have an over/unders market available. This has been set at 9.5 rounds, with the over priced at 6/11 and the under at 52/35.
Last night fight fans at the Boca Raton Hotel & Club in Florida saw a couple of unbeaten, and promising, Kazakhs in action.
The first of those was was the heavy handed Zhankhozh Turarov (21-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров] who extended his perfect record with his first win of the year, stopping Gustavo Garibay (13-9-2, 5) at the very end of round 3. Garibay had come to win and was happy to let his hands go, but the Kazakh showed some lovely movement to slip shots and counter. Sadly for Garibay his failure to ever make an impact on Turarov showed again in round 3 before the Kazakh began to open up a but more, dropping Garibay mid way through the round. Having had his man down Turarov went for the finish and unloaded on Garibay who was shipping some solid shots whilst the referee looked closely at him. Right on the bell Garibay was dropped again, the result of a right hand on the button. He recovered to his feet and looked like he was heading to the corner whilst the referee waved the bout off.
The other Kazakh in action was Kanat Islam (24-0, 19) [Қанат Ислам], who got a genuinely decent work out against Mexican veteran Norberto Gonzalez (23-9, 13), in a bout for two regional baubles. Gonzalez brought the pressure but lacked the foot speed and movement to cope with Islam who eased himself into the bout and began push Gonzalez back with a consistent and busy jab. A clash of heads in round 4 let Gonzalez in some minor discomfort but the following round the right eye was cut, with the fighter claiming a head clash. The blood flowed freely from the cut but was handled very well by his corner. Sadly for Gonzalez he never looked capable of making a mark on the Kazakh, and was again angered by an apparent headbutt in round 8. In the final round Islam was deducted a point, for using the elbow, but by then it was clear Gonzalez was going to need a KO to claim a victory, and he had never looked like he was going to get one.
The scores were announced after the 12th round, and there was no surprise when Islam was announced as the winner.
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