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.
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