Unbeaten Kazakh Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] has now been away from action for well over a year, since beating Brandon Cook way back in September 2017. Since then Islam's career has been thwarted by repeated injuries that have forced several pencilled in return dates to be scrubbed off.
Today it was revealed that he's now fit enough to begin training for his comeback.
The Kazakh told the local press “I started the training process at the AIBA boxing academy. I am now conducting intensive training, preparing for a fight,”. The plan seems to be that Islam will continue to aim for a return on Capital City Day, July 6th, and will be looking to get his career back on track in Kazakhstan, though he has serious time to make up following his string of injuries.
Although now well into his 30's it does seem like retirement is at the back of his mind, with the fighter revealing that he planned to fight until he was 40.
At the moment there has been no opponent linked to Islam's return, though we suspect it will be someone very limited as he'll likely look to shake ring rust and test his body, rather than make a statement on his return.
We talk about fluid situations in life and it appears the career of Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] is also a bit of a fluid situation with the Kazakh often speaking to Vesti.kz with updates on how he is and when he's wanting to be back in the ring.
Today a new report from Vesti states that Islam is targeting a new date for his return, just a week after delaying it "indefinitely".
The unbeaten Kazakh is now hoping to pencil in his return to the ring, in Kazakhstan on July 6th. The date is a special one in Kazakhstan because it's Capital City Day in Kazakhstan, a public holiday which falls on the anniversary of Kazakhstan transferring their capital city from Almaty to Akmola, now known as Astana.
Whether this plan comes to fruition is yet to be seen, but it is good to hear that there is now a date circled for Islam's return, even if it's still not set in stone and depends on his recover from injuries. It should be noted that this isn't the first potential return date for Islam, who has seen several issues delay his return. By the time he gets in the ring in July, if he does, he will have been without a fight in close to 2 years.
Earlier today Vesti.kz reported that unbeaten Kazakh fighter Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] has had his return to the ring "delayed indefinitely".
The unbeaten Kazakh, who last fought in September 2017, has apparently not reacted well to treatment for his injuries and has had to change plans from a March return, to an April return to the current status of an indefinite delay.
Vesti have reported that that there has been complications in regards to the injury or his foot and that the treatment hasn't been effective enough for him to begin training in March. Sadly it appears that the longer he is out of the ring the less successful any kind of comeback will be, for the once world ranked Kazakh contender.
The fighter had previously stated that he plans to box until he's 40, but given the long delays in his comeback there is a chance that will just call it a day and hang them up if treatment doesn't begin to solve the issues he's having.
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According to the often reliable Vesti.kz unbeaten Kazakh fighter Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] has had the date of his return pushed back from a proposed March return to a possible May return.
Islam was supposed to fight in summer 2018 but injured his leg in the build up to that scheduled contest. Now he has damaged his left leg whilst preparing for his comeback.
The injury is said to be a significant one, and will take 3 to 4 weeks to heal and rehab the damage. The hope being that he will be able to fight in 2 to 3 months, completely ruling out any chance of fighting in March.
Vesti have quotes a source saying "Islam is recovering in a rehabilitation center for three weeks. Now he has a problem with his left leg. During the sparring last summer, he made an unsuccessful move and his tendon snapped. Now he has a long recovery process.
Doctors say that Islam needed to do rehabilitation, but the Kazakhstani was delayed with treatment. According to the most optimistic forecasts, he will be able to return to the ring not earlier than in two or three months. Islam himself intends to hold his next fight in May of this year in the USA ",
The 34 year old, who has now been inactive since September 2017, turns 35 in September and given the repeated leg injuries it's hard to imagine his comeback being much of a success. Had it been just a single injury then it could have been put down to a one off occurrence, but it is now looking like a repeated issue with his legs. Retirement is always hard for a fighter, especially one who was so close to a big fight, but it is starting to look like the wisest option for Islam, who won't be the fighter he once, given the state of his legs and the build up of ring rust.
Just a few hours ago Vesti reported that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров] is planning his return to the ring following injuries, injuries that have kept away from the ring since his September 2017 win over Bruno Leonardo Romay.
The unbeaten fighter didn't really reveal many details about his next bout, other than that his hand injury, which had been the cause of his "long break" had healed and that he is working under the Sagatbek Musakhanov, his first coach.
It should be noted that Turarov and Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] have often cards together and Islam is himself talking about making a return to the ring in March, so it could be that both men share a card once more.
At 28 years old "Da Kazakh Kid" can likely bounce back from his injuries, but they have certainly stopped the momentum that he had previously been building, and he will probably have to have a few fights to shake some ring rust before taking on a serious test.
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