Kanat Islam Tops Huge Kazakh Card on October 29
By Alexey Sukachev
Kanat Islam, also known as Hanati Silamu, is an ethnic Kazakh, who has never fought in his native land as a pro, and who has never represented it as an amateur. It just happened he was born in Altay, Xinjiang, the westernmost Chinese region. Silamu/Islam represented China twice in Olympic Games in 2004 and in 2008, getting a bronze medal in the latest installment.
On October 29 Islam, 32, will get a chance to present his skills at his fullest in front of domestic (if it can be named this way) crowd in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
As a pro, he signed with Nelson Lopez Sr., and he is managed by Nelson Lopez Jr. Islam is an obscure fighter, sharing his time between Columbia and the Dominican Republic, taking part in very mediocre shows. He also fought thrice in the States, scoring easy kayos against non-descript opposition. His present level of skills is undefined but he is rated #5 by the WBA.
News had it previously that Islam would fight for the WBA interim or even regular title. It seems, however, Islam will be limited to a trio of vacant minor titles – WBO I/C, WBA FedeLatin and IBO International light middleweight titles.
Islam (21-0, 18 KOs) collides with dangerously punching Ghanaian Patrick Allotey (34-2, 28 KOs), who is 4-0, 4 KOs, since suffering two kayo defeats to Patrick Teixeira and Charles Manyuchi.
Another undefeated Kazakh welterweight Zhankozh Turarov (19-0, 13 KOs) will also fight a Ghanaian puncher in Isaac Aryee (24-8, 22 KOs) for ten rounds.
Bu the real star of the night can be debuting local middleweight Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, who takes on former middleweight title challenger Milton Nunez (33-16-1, 29 KOs) over four. The 23-year old Kazakhstani is 2013 world champion with a win over Jason Quigley. He lost in the quarterfinal in the latest Olympics.
Also, fighting on the card are undefeated prospects Ali Akhmedov (3-0, 3 KOs), Aidar Sharibaev (3-0, 3 KOs), Aidos Yerbossynuly (4-0, 4 KOs) and Ruslan Myrzytaev (2-0, 2 KOs).