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.
According to Kazakh sources Dastan Saduuly (3-0, 3) [Дастана Садуулы] will be returning to the ring for his next fight on July 5th as part of a stacked Kazakh card.
The unbeaten teenager, who who made his debut last September, hasn't yet had his opponent named, though we would suspect a novice or regional journeyman will be in the ring with him.
The talented youngster was last seen in action back in March, when he defeated veteran Alexander Saltykov. That was a clear step up for Saduuly and an appearance on this big card would really help generate more buzz in his career, even at this early stage.
The main event of this July 5th card will be the return of Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат], though rumours of Islam's opponent have died down since he was linked to popular American Gabriel Rosado (24-12-1, 14), and an announcement on who he will face is likely to be made in the coming days.
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Unbeaten Kazakh fighter Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] has revealed the name one of the potential opponents he is looking at fighting on his ring return in July.
Islam, who is set to fight again on July 5th, is quoted by Vesti.kz as stating one of the fighters be considered is former Gennady Golovkin foe Gabriel Rosado (24-12-1, 14).
According to the quotes form Islam negotiations are already underway with Rosado, though an opponent hasn't be decided on for as of yet, with that decision expected to be made next week.
As an opponent Rosado would be a very interesting foe, and the two fighters have previously been in discussions for a fight in the past with Rosado being mentioning for a now cancelled date for Islam. It would be a very tough return for the Kazakh, who hasn't fought since September 2017, though Rosado is certainly beatable and did, for the most part, look like a worn out fighter last time out, in a decision loss to Maciej Sulecki.
Whilst this is an interesting match up, it should be noted however that Islam has revealed that he was looking at a top 10 ranked opponent, and Rosado isn't world rankled, though is a solid name and it may be that his name value will have more bearing than a world ranking for Islam and his team.
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Earlier today it was revealed that unbeaten Kazakh Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] would be moving up in weight for his long awaited ring return on July 5th.
The full details of Islam's bout, his first since September 2017, haven't been announced yet but we have started to get more and more details in the last few days.
The details that have emerged so far are not only that it will be on July 5th, and that it will be a Middleweight bout, in Almaty, but also that it will be for a minor WBO title. The opponent hasn't been confirmed, but Islam is said to be targeting a top 10 WBO ranked Middleweight. Looking at the current rankings that could mean a bout with someone like Steven Butler (27-1-1, 23), Alantez Fox (25-1-1, 12), Luke Keeler (16-2-1, 5) or Patrice Volny (14-0, 9), all of whom would make for very tough opponents for Islam on his return after such a long break from the ring.
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