According to Kazakh news site Vezti.kz unbeaten Kazakh contender Kanat Islam (28-0, 22) [Ислам Канат] is planning to return to the ring in June, though specifics on when, where and who against are currently unclear.
The 36 year old Chinese born US based Kazakh fighter was last seen in the ring in February, when he stopped Ecuadorian fighter Jeyson Minda in 7 rounds. That was his first bout since October 2019, when he struggled past Walter Kautondokwa.
The article on Vesti.KZ doesn't give much away though it does quote a source in Islam's team stating "A couple of weeks ago, Kanat was in Istanbul (Turkey), and at the moment a he is spending time with his family in Kazakhstan,"
Islam has long promised something big, but in recent years injuries have crippled his career. As a result he has fought only 3 times since an impressive 9th round TKO win against Brandon Cook back in September 2017. Sadly those injuries have taken him from once being a contender on the verge of a world title fight at 154lbs to a bit of a forgotten man, and someone who is, quite clearly, destined to fall short of the hope many fans had for him.
Saying that however we'll look forward to his June bout, and hope it is against someone more testing than Minda, who was poor to say the least.
Last night in the US fight fans got the first chance unbeaten Kazakh contender Kanat Islam (28-0, 22) [Ислам Канат] return to the ring for the first time since October 2019!
The talented, though injury prone Kazakh, was up against Ecuadorian fighter Jeyson Minda (14-4-1, 8), who turned out to be a late replacement for Ghana's Obodai Sai (35-3-1, 26), who was announced as Islam's opponent last week,and made light work of the limited Minda.
Early in the bout Islam looked to feel his way into the contest, boxing behind his jab and making the most of the porous defense of Minda. Although he looked relaxed and calm, he didn't look as crisp as he has done in the past. In fact he looked quite rusty and slow, as one would expect given his lengthy time out of the ring. Thankfully for Islam, Minda was too limited to capitalise on the ring rust of Islam.
As the bout went on Islam began to break down his man, and as the rounds went by Minda was slowly having the fight beaten out of him. Not only was he eating leather, but he was also starting to look tired, wild and ragged, unable to keep up much in terms of work rate.
In round 7 the cracks in Minda's resilience gave up completely with Minda being dropped 3 times during the round. After the third knockdown the referee waved off the bout, saving Minda from further punishment.
For Islam this was a good return to the ring and the sort of performance, and relatively easy win, that he needed given his long break from the ring and the repeated injuries he's suffered in recent years. Sadly though the win gives us no idea how good Islam is, or what his future in the sport may bring.
As for Miranda this was a 4th stoppage loss in 5 bouts, and his record has really fallen apart in recent years. He was once 13-0-1 (8), but has now been stopped by Magomed Madiev, Tyrone Spong, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and now Islam.
Earlier today unbeaten Kazakh contender Kanat Islam (27-0, 21) [Ислам Канат] took to social media to announce his next bout had been set, and would be taking in just a few days time, with the Kazakh sharing a promotional video of the bout.
The contest will see Islam fighting on March 20th in Miami, Florida, against Ghana's Obodai Sai (35-3-1, 26), in an interesting 10 rounder.
The bout is a must win bout for Islam, who hasn't fought since October 2019, when he beat Walter Kautondokwa in a controversial bout that was scored horribly badly.
The 36 year old Kazakh, who has been plagued by injuries in recent years, was originally said to have been pulled form this show, weeks ago, due to health problems but with his own social media accounts acknowledging the bout, it seems clear that he's healthy enough to compete.
Once regarded as a future world title contender Islam's career has been a frustrating one. He was knocking on the door of big fights back in 2014, when he beat Fidel Monterrosa Munoz, and again in 2016, when he beat Patrick Allotey. He seemed set for something bit when he beat Brandon Cook in 2017, then injuries kept him out of the ring for almost 2 years. He would then suffer another injury when he beat Kautondokwa, which took significantly longer to recover from than many expected.
As for Sai he's not too well known, though has shown what he can do. He was incredibly unlucky in a foul filled 2011 bout with English man Jamie Cox, with the bout being marred by low blows and head clashes. Sadly since then he has been stopped twice, with Derrick Webster and Kautondokwa both stopping him and he has failed to show the same heart and determination that saw him give Cox such a tough night.
Aged 33 Sai will be aware that a win here will go some length to salvaging his career, though he will be the under-dog against the talented, but injury prone, Islam.
Just over a week ago we reported that unbeaten Kazakh contender Kanat Islam (27-0, 21) [Ислам Канат] was set to return to the ring in February. Now, sadly, that appears to be off, and the 36 year old will not be in action as previously planned.
The bout is said to be off due to "health problems", and Islam's training with Roger Roma is currently suspended as a result.
The bout, which was planned for February 20th, would have been Islam's first since October 2019, when he defeated Walter Kautondokwa. Sadly however as the days and weeks tick by it seems harder and harder to imagine Islam will ever fight again, never mind fight someone noteworthy.
This is the latest in a line of dates that have been pencilled in for Islam before falling by the wayside.
The hope, way back in 2019, was for Islam to face Kautondokwa for a second time in early 2020, he was then pencilled in for an October 2020 bout, then had hoped to return in December 2020 or January 2021, then there was the February date.
As injuries, lay offs and father time catch up with the Kazakh, we really do wonder whether he should just hang them up and move on with life. Especially given how regular these delays, and issues with his health seem to be.
Unbeaten Kazakh contender Kanat Islam (27-0, 21) [Ислам Канат] hasn't been seen in the ring since October 2019, when he defeated Walter Kautondokwa. Now however he appears to have a date for a ring return.
According to Boxrec the unbeaten Kazakh is pencilled in to fight on February 20th at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel, in Miami on a show being put together by Nelson Lopez Jr. Sadly however no opponent is named for Islam.
The 36 year old Kazakh was once on the verge of a world title fight, but inactivity and injuries, including a reported broken arm against Kautondokwa, have killed all the momentum his career once had. As a result he has gone from being on the verge of something big to becoming an old man, with a battered and broken body.
Although a talented fighter, in his prime, he has only fought twice since the start of 2018 and his career is pretty much hanging by a thread.
Interestingly this card has also been linked to potentially hosting a fight featuring Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван], though nothing has been confirmed in regards to Dychko's involvement.
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