Kanat Islam Looking To Steal The Show
On Jones vs. Gunn
Feb. 17 Undercard
World rated junior middleweight Kanat Islam is looking for a
big outing this Friday night when he takes on Robson Assis
(16-3, 9 KO's) on the Roy Jones, Jr. - Bobby Gunn WBF
Cruiserweight title Pay-Per-View co-featured bout at the
Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Islam - Assis bout is scheduled for 10-rounds.
Islam (22-0, 18 KO's) has been training in his adopted home
of Pahoke, Florida by way of Kazakhstan, is ready for
whatever Assis will bring to the ring.
"Training has been great. I know Assis is a southpaw, and he
likes to box. That's about it! Between all my amateur
experience and pro bouts all over the world, I am ready for
Before taking this fight, Islam was mentioned as possible
opponent for WBO junior middleweight champion Canelo
Alvarez, before the Mexican superstar took a bout with Julio
Cesar Chavez, Jr. This would be a fight that the 32 year-old
Islam would relish.
"My people in Kazakhstan would love to see this fight. My
team wants to see it, and I want to be in that fight. If
that opportunity comes, I will focus and get the right
sparring, and be ready for that opportunity."
But before any of that can happen, Islam must 1st get past
Assis on a card headlined by the legendary Roy Jones, Jr.
This is an opportunity, that Islam isn't taking lightly.
"Roy Jones, Jr. is a legend, and a big name in boxing. In
the past and still today he is big. It is an honor to fight
on a card that he is in the main event."
Back home in Kazakhstan, Islam is getting close to legendary
status himself, as on October 29th, he defeated Patrick
Allotey in front of 18,000 fans in his homeland to capture
the WBO Inter-Continental title and retain his WBA Fedlatin
Super Welterweight titles.
"Fighting in front of my home people means more to me than
anything. It shows them that I represent their culture and
they like to see my fighting style. It was a dream come true
to fight in front of so many of my people. They were
cheering my name, and for that I am thankful for them."
"We will return there to Kazakhstan and fight again. I don't
want them to miss the fight on February 17th that I have
with Assis. I am always thankful for my fans who always
support me. I want to thank Nelsons Promotions, Raynelo
Management and my sponsor Zheizu Company. I always want to
David Feldman Promotions, King's Promotions and Roy Jones
for giving me the opportunity to fight on this card.
In an 8-round bout, Dagoberto Aguero (10-0, 8 KO's) of San
Cristobal, Domincan Republic takes on Olimjon Nazarov (14-4,
8 KO's) of Tashken, Uzbekistan in a super bantamweight bout.
In 6-round bouts:
Frank De Alba (20-2-2, 9 KO's) of Reading, PA battles German
Meraz (55-41-1, 32 KO's) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a junior
Samuel Teah (9-1-1, 3 KO's) takes on Daniel Parales (10-7-1,
5 KO's) of Monterrey, Mexico in a super lightweight bout.
In 4-round bouts:
Joey Tiberi, Jr. (13-2, 6 KO's) of Newark, Delaware will
fight Bryan Timmons (5-8, 5 KO's) of St. Joseph, Missouri in
Henry Stewart (2-0, 2 KO's) of Toronto, Canada squares off
Robert Mendoza (1-8, 1 KO) of Frankfurt, Indiana.
Dan Biddle (9-5, 5 KO's) of Wilmington, Delaware will fight
Lamont Singletary (7-1, 4 KO's) of Dover, Delaware in a
Eddie Ortiz (2-0-1, 2 KO's) of San Antonio, Texas takes on
pro debuting Jeff Chiffens of Wilmington, Delaware in a