PBC ON BOUNCE TV RESULTS: KANAT ISLAM STOPS DE ANGEL IN SIX
By Hector Franco
Lakeland, Florida - In what was a rather uneventful affair until the ending, Kanat Islam (21-0) stopped Juan De Angel (18-4-1) at the :22 mark of the sixth round. Both fighters were feeling each other out throughout each round. Islam was the constant aggressor throughout each round. Eventually De Angel couldn’t handle the pressure of Islam when he was finally stopped in the sixth round. Islam scored two knockdowns in the round. This performance from Islam wasn’t a good indication of how he would do against the top fighters at 154. Judging by his performance tonight he would be the underdog against the top tier in the division. As of now he is still a work in progress. The Kazakhstani fighter is usually in exciting fights if matched correctly. Islam got the job done and will have to settle for winning rather than looking good.
The supporting fight of the telecast was a Welterweight bout between Miguel Cruz (13-0) and Samuel Figueroa (10-0). Both men were undefeated and Puerto Rican. Miguel Cruz ended up winning a split decision with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 in his favor and one card of 78-74 for Figueroa. The action was steady from the very beginning. There wasn’t much of a feeling out process. Every time one fighter would land a punch or combination the other had to land something back. Each round was evenly matched making it hard to score a winner. The real winner here were the fans as both men put on a great fight. Two undefeated fighters putting it on the line against one another is rare in this era in boxing. Both men should be celebrated and a rematch down the line should be in order.
In the first bout of the televised portion of the card, Dennis Galarza (13-1) took on Yardley Suarez (15-4) in a Junior Lightweight bout. After eight rounds Galarza was given the unanimous decision by scores of 77-75 and 78-74 twice. The first few rounds had its share of back and forth action with an edge for Galarza as he landed the cleaner shots. In the sixth round, Saurez landed a left hand that hurt Galarza. From there the fight changed as the Sinaloa, Mexico fighter began to come forward to try and land his left hand. The last round was all Saurez in what turned out to be one of the more exciting bouts on the card.
Untelevised Undercard Results:
Antonio Tarver Jr. (4-0) vs. Jose Cortez (1-0) - Tarver wins by knockout at the 2:29 mark of the 2nd round.
Daruma Almenarez (Pro Debut) 1-0 vs. Zarief Brand (Pro Debut) 0-1 – Almenarez by TKO at 2:37 of the 1st round.
Botisher Obidov (5-0-1) vs. Hakeem Atikinson (2-3) – Obidov by unanimous decision with scores of 38-37 three times.
Nester Bravo (6-0) vs. Daniel Lorenzano (4-8-1) – Bravo by TKO at 2:03 of the second round.
Alantez Fox (18-0) vs. Milton Nunez (35-15-1) – Fox by TKO in the 4th round. Nunez couldn’t continue after a body shot.
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