Ghana’s Patrick Allotey will vie for the interim WBA super welterweight title, going up against Gennady Golovkin’s compatriot, Kanat Islam, one of Kazakhstan’s rising stars.
Islam (21-0, 18 KO), ranked #5 by the WBA, made his PBC debut this past May with a sixth-round TKO of Juan De Angel. The win marked his eighth stoppage win in his last nine fights, the other one a DQ in which he was ahead on the cards. Still, he probably shouldn’t be fighting for a title.
It’s not a bad fight in terms of competitiveness, but the fact that it’s apparently for a title is mind-boggling, especially since the WBA had been doing a pretty decent job of trimming the fat. Here’s hoping that was just an error in translation or something.