Currently one of the most notable names in boxing is Kazakhstan's Gennady Golovkin, with "GGG" now being a staple on HBO and in the many "pound for pound" lists. Sadly however Golovkin is one of the very few active Kazakh fighters of real note, with the next best being Beibut Shumenov.
Arguably the #3 name in Kazakh boxing is Light Middleweight hopeful Kanat Islam (20-0, 17), a Chinese born US based Kazakh who has fought mainly in the Dominican Republic and Colombia.
Earlier today saw Islam's next bout being announced, and it will be his first as a headline attraction on the PBC scene as he faces big punching Colombian Juan De Angel (18-3-1, 17) on "Bounce TV", on May 8th.
For Islam it's a huge opportunity to impress the power that be behind the PBC, who have deals linked to numerous other top fighters at 154lbs, including Erislandy Lara for example. It's a TV opportunity and a chance to make fans in the US, who perhaps haven't seen much of him. Sadly however it does feel like a wasted opportunity given that Islam, with 20 fights, needs to start facing known names rather than someone as obscure as De Angel, who will be fighting outside of Colombia for the first time.
For fans of the Light Middleweight division this is a great chance to be introduced to another talented fighter, but we must admit it's a disappointing match up for the 2008 Olympic bronze medal winner and former amateur standout.
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