ASTANA – The last weekend of October was highlighted by the victory of Kazakh boxer Kanat Islam over Ghana’s Patrick Allotey. Islam improved to 22-0 and acquired the WBA Federation and WBO Inter-Continental super welterweight titles by a 12-round unanimous decision on Oct. 29 in Almaty.
“Thank you all very much. I fought a lot, but this victory is special for me. Major events are still to come. You will witness more spectacular fights with my participation. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the President of Kazakhstan and Almaty mayor. I also want to thank Bauyrzhan Ospanov who is a patron of the event and citizens of Kazakhstan for the support. Thanks to my opponent, it was an interesting fight,” said Islam, as reported by Bnews.kz.
Akim (Mayor) of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek also congratulated the boxer on a brilliant victory.
Islam took advantage from the first minutes of the first round and boxers traded shots in the subsequent rounds.
Allotey was forced to retreat constantly and instinctively threw jabs.
The pace dropped a little in the fifth round but Kanat was still ahead on points. Allotey countered opponent’s moves.
In the eighth three-minutes, Islam took a little pause, but in the next round he turned the screws pushing Allotey back onto the ropes. Despite many missed punches, Allotey withstood a furious challenge from his Kazakh opponent.
As a result, the judges gave the 32-year-old Islam the victory by a 12-round unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111.
Now, Islam has a record of 22-0 with 18 knockouts.
Allotey has a record of 34-3 with 28 knockouts.
This was Islam’s first fight in Kazakhstan. Born and raised in China, the 2008 Olympic Bronze winner had fought in Latin America and in Florida where he currently resides. Kanat started fighting professionally in 2012.
Almaty boxing night also featured fighting by six Kazakh boxers. Zhuman Zhumabekov debuted on pro-ring with the first-round victory. Aidar Sharibayev gained the fourth victory, Ali Akhmedov knocked out his opponent in the first round, as heavyweight Ruslan Myrsatayev scored a knockout in the first minute of the fight. Zhankosh Turarov gained the 20th victory and Zhanibek Alimkhanuly knocked out Milton Nunez, former opponent of Golovkin, in the first round.