Boxing: Kanat Islam Knocks Out Juan de Angel in PBC on Bounce Main Event

By Mike Sloan May 9, 2016
Two-time Olympian Kanat Islam remained unbeaten as the junior middleweight contender scored a thrilling sixth-round stoppage of Juan de Angel to punctuate the latest instalment of PBC on Bounce TV, which went down inside the Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Fla., on Sunday night.

Islam (21-0, 18 KOs) traded serious leather with his Colombian counterpart from the start, making for an entertaining battle until the very end. The Kazakh, who now lives and trains out of Florida, landed the harder blows throughout but that’s not to say that he didn’t absorb powerful punches in return.

Just after the midway point of the scheduled 10 rounds, Islam delivered a barrage of shots that floored de Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs). He was able to struggle to his feet and allowed to go on, but Islam wasted no time in decking his adversary a second time. Again, de Angel climbed back to his feet but his circuits were scrambled, prompting the referee Telis Assimenios to call off the fight. The official time of the stoppage came just 22 seconds into the sixth.

Miguel Cruz proved to be the better of the two unbeaten 154-pound prospects as he edged Samuel Figueroa via split decision over eight allotted rounds. The skirmish was as close as they come but Cruz (13-0, 11 KOs) landed the more telling blows throughout and was awarded the verdict via tallies of 78-74 and 77-75 while the odd judge had it 77-75 for Figueroa (10-1, 4 KOs).

Also on the card: Featherweight Dennis Galarza (13-1, 8 KOs) bested Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9 KOs) over eight rounds with scores of 77-75 and 78-74 (twice); middleweight Alantez Fox improved to 19-0 by scoring the eighth knockout of his career when he stopped Milton Nunez (35-16-1, 29 KOs) via TKO between rounds four and five; junior welterweight Nestor Bravo (6-0, 6 KOs) took Daniel Lorenzano (4-8-1, 2 KOs) out at 2:03 of the second; and Botirsher Obdidov (5-0-1, 1 KO) toppled Hakeem Atkinson (2-3, 2 KOs) via four-round unanimous decision with scores of 38-37 across the board in a super middleweight encounter.

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