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Kanat Islam vs. Patrick Allotey set for October 29th in Almaty

They will reportedly fight for the interim WBA belt that Jack Culcay held before his promotion.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

One of Kazakhstan’s rising stars, former Olympic bronze medalist Kanat Islam, will get his first shot at a title next month when he faces Ghana’s Patrick Allotey for the interim WBA super welterweight title on October 29th.

The WBA already has a regular champion (Jack Culcay) and a Super champion (Erislandy Lara). Why they’re doing this when they’ve explicitly said they were trying to cut down on extraneous belts is beyond me.

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.

Allotey (34-2, 28 KO) REALLY shouldn’t be fighting for a title. Ranked #14 by the WBA, he was knocked out by Charles Manyuchi and Patrick Teixeira in his only steps up and fifteen of his wins have come over opponents with zero professional victories. His current four-fight winning streak started with 4-24 Zakaria Salifu and continued with two fights against 11-12 Fuseini Ahmed, capped off with a bout against 6-6 Sani Yidana Kugblie.

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.

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