By Jake Donovan
Kanat Islam (21-0, 18 KO), 152 ¾, of Pahokee, Florida, kept his winning ways with a sixth round stoppage of 28-year old Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KO), 154 ¼, of Barranquilla, Colombia, in the main event on Sunday at the Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Florida.
The referee was Telis Assimenios.
Islam - a two-time Olympian and a 2008 Bronze medal winner for hosting country China - spent much of the first establishing his jab, working the left to the head and body as he bounced in and out and around the broad shouldered De Angel. A right hand wobbled De Angel in the last minute of round one but the Colombian kept his balance and even managed to land a good left before the round was closed.
The quicker Islam, 31, continued to outland and outwork De Angel for the next three rounds, but De Angel slowly started to increase how often he was making Islam miss. A low blow in the fourth gave De Angel a breather but didn’t much change the tenor of the fight.
Through the fifth, it was more a game of keep away for De Angel. He was avoiding plenty of fire but couldn’t provide much offense of his own. In the sixth, Islam was in pursuit, picking away at Islam when a twisted ankle sent De Angel to the floor. The referee ruled it a voluntary knockdown. De Angel beat the count but couldn’t plant as Islam came forward and planted some leather. De Angel went down again and Assimenios halted the fight at 2:38 of round six.
Islam - who gained Kazakhstan citizenship in 2010 - made it four stoppages in a row after a disqualification victory in December 2013.
The card was televised in the US on Bounce TV as part of its “Next Round” series as part of the Premiere Boxing Champions promotional umbrella.
In a fantastic back-and-forth war between friends turned rivals, Miguel Cruz outlasted Samuel Figueroa to claim a split decision win.
Scores were 78-74 and 77-75 Cruz (13-0, 11KOs) and 77-75 Figueroa (10-1, 4KOs), who suffers his first pro loss.
Dennis Galarza picked up his seventh straight win, taking a unanimous decision over a determined Yardley Suarez. Scores were 78-74 (Twice) and 77-75 in favor of Galarza (13-1, 8KOs), who overcame a few rough patches to earn his second consecutive win on Bounce TV. Suarez (18-4-2, 17KO according to FightFax) has now lost three of his past five starts, but the southpaw from Mexico was spirited in defeat.
Alantez Fox has taken extreme measures to secure in-ring opposition Having just recently moved up from 154-pounds to middleweight, the unbeaten 6'5" prospect from Forestville, Maryland agreed to an over-the-limit bout with Colombia's Milton Nunez, whom he stopped after four rounds of action.
The bout was sanctioned as a super middleweight affair, but Nunez actually came in at 175-pounds. Fox agreed to proceed with the fight (and a little extra cash in his pocket) but endured a couple of rough spots from his much heavier foe before eventually breaking him down.
Nunez was hurt several times upstairs but managed to take the shots well. Fox adjusted, targeting the body in scoring the bout's lone knockdown late in round four. Nunez beat the count, but his corner advised referee Frank Santore that their fighter was done prior to the start of round five.
The official time was 3:00 of round four.
Fox improves to 19-0-1 (8KOs), picking up his fifth straight win inside the distance. Nunez - forever known as the man who stood opposite corner the night Gennady Golovkin began his middleweight title reign in 2010 - falls to 32-16-1 (29KOs), snapping a four-fight win streak.
Nestor Bravo (6-0, 6KOs) enjoyed his first fight outside of his native Puerto Rico, scoring a 2nd round knockout of Daniel Lorenzana (4-8-1, 2KOs). Bravo dropped his overmatched foe late in round two, with Lorenzana's corner waving a white towel in surrender. Official time was 2:59 of round two.
Kissimmee-based Uzbeki middleweight Bortisher Obidov managed a four-round unanimous decision over Atlanta's Hakeem Atkinson. Scores were 38-37 across the board for Obidov (5-0-1, 1KO), who dropped Atkinson (2-3, 1KO) late in round two but had to fend off a last-ditch rally to preserve his unbeaten record.
Daruma Alemanaz scored a 1st round stoppage of Zarief Brand in the first bout of the evening. Both boxers were making their pro debut, but it was Alemanaz (1-0, 1KO) who enjoyed the big power edge, scoring three knockdowns to force the ending at 2:59 of round one.
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