Bloodied Kanat Islam Stops Robson Assis in First Round

Kanat Islam vs. Robson Assis
Photo by William Thomas, Brooklyn Fights.

Recap by Resolution Sports.

In the co-feature of the Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Bobby Gunn card, Kanat Islam (23-0, 19 KOs) took on Robson Assis (16-4, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round contest in the junior middleweight division. The bout was a fun one for as long as it lasted, which was not very long.

From the opening bell, the action was non-stop other than a brief break after Islam suffered a cut from a head butt. Both men were giving and taking, but the heavy hands of Islam were clearly causing more damage. Late in the first frame, it was a straight left hand from Islam that would end the fight, with a hurt Assis crumbling from the shot and leaving him unable to beat the 10-count.

The official time of the stoppage was at the 2:12 mark of the very first round, creating a heavy buzz around the room for the bloodied Kazakhstan native after his relentless performance.

In junior lightweight action, Pennsylvania native Frank De Alba (21-2-2, 9 KOs) faced veteran German Meraz (55-42-1, 32 KOs), who is approaching his 100th bout as a professional prizefighter.

Meraz used his vast ring experience to his advantage, not allowing De Alba many openings at all. For most of the way, Meraz kept the fight at a wide distance and as slow a pace as possible. Due to that tactical approach, it was a rather uneventful bout until Meraz showed a willingness to exchange in the sixth and final frame.

After the six rounds were in the books, De Alba had still clearly done enough to maintain consistent ring control and secured the unanimous decision by flush tallies of 60-54 on all three cards.

Hometown favorite Joey Tiberi, Jr. (14-2, 7 KOs) opened the PPV telecast against Bryan Timmons (5-9, 5 KOs) in a four-round lightweight fixture, with both guys warming up in the first frame before participating in some good exchanges early in the second stanza. Tiberi was the more active of the two combatants, letting his hands go with more volume as Timmons sat and waited on opportunities to throw a heavy right hand.

Tiberi started to get through with more frequency in the third round, finding a home for his left hook. In the fourth frame, he went in for the kill and attacked Timmons with an early flurry that backed him up. Tiberi then ripped a hammering shot to the solar plex, which noticeably crippled Timmons. To his credit, Timmons did everything he could to hang on until the final bell, but Tiberi did not let him off the hook. Firing off punches with both hands as Timmons was teetering on the ropes, Tiberi continued his onslaught until the referee finally stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:04.

In a cruiserweight bout for the Delaware State Title, Lamont Singletary (8-1, 5 KOs) of Dover took on Dan Biddle (9-6, 5 KOs) of Wilmington. Both fighters started fast in this one until Singletary dropped Biddle with right hook behind the ear midway through the first frame. After he hit the canvas, Biddle was unable to beat the 10-count, giving Singletary the knockout win at 1:49.

In the final two post-main event bouts, Ikram  Kerwat (7-1, 5 KOs) defeated Britain Hart (2-1, 2 KOs) in a spirited women’s fight, while light heavyweight Henry Stewart (3-0, 1 KO) earned a majority decision over Martez Williamson (2-15, 0 KOs) in a four-round affair.

The night started in the super bantamweight division, as undefeated prospect Dagoberto Aguero (11-0, 8 KOs) took on Olimjon Nazarov (14-5, 8 KOs) in his first fight outside of the Dominican Republic.

Nazarov attempted to apply pressure on the crafty Aguero in the opening round, but Aguero was able to out-box the Uzbekistan native. Aguero came out behind the jab in the second frame, doing his best work when he let his hands go on some combinations. Over the middle rounds, it became clearly evident that Aguero was the more skillful fighter, but Nazarov appeared much more determined. That pattern continued to close out the bout, as Aguero never produced enough output to truly seize control of the action.

When the six-round contest concluded, Aguero still managed to escape with a majority decision win via counts of 59-55, 58-56, 57-57.