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.
Back in December reports broke that Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] would be looking to return to the ring in March. A recent interview between Islam and Vesti.kz have confirmed that that is still the plan, with Islam revealing:
“Now I am completing the final procedures for treating a leg injury. After that, I will begin preparations for the fight. The training process will take place at the AIBA Boxing Academy in Talgar,”
The unbeaten Kazakh, who is now 34 years old, hasn't fought since beating Brandon Cook in September 2017. He had planned a bout for last June, but cancelled it after injuring his leg, which still isn't 100%, though does seem to close to being suitable to fight on.
Given his age we're expecting just a single easy comeback fight before Islam gets serious with a bigger bout, and moves back into title contention. At the time of writing he is unranked, due to his long absence from the ring, though before the injury he did seem to be on the verge of a world title fight.
The last update regarding Islam, prior to this bit of news, was that he was waiting to hear back from the doctors, so it appears that the news was good and hasn't derailed his plans of a ring return. Sadly though specifics haven't been made clear. Given the plan to be back in March however details can't be far off!
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)
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