Bad Boy Abroad: Brandon Cook hits the ground running in Kazakhstan ahead of Sept. 9 clash with Kanat Islam!

Photo: Peter Chatterton Photography / Team Cook

Ajax, Ontario’s Brandon ‘Bad Boy’ Cook (18-0, 11 KOs) is now putting the finishing touches on a diligent training camp on the ground in Astana, Kazakhstan where he’s set to face off against local favourite Kanat Islam (24-0, 19 KOs) Sept. 9 at the Saryarka Velodrome. The huge global showdown pits the WBA No. 2 rated world junior middleweight in Islam against No. 5 ranked Cook with a potential world title shot on the line for the winner.

Check out this great multi-part web documentary on Cook’s journey to one of the biggest fights of his career courtesy of Peter Chatterton and United Boxing Promotions:

The 31-year old Cook is fresh off a career best win stopping highly touted Quebecer Steven Butler last January via emphatic knockout to capture the vacant IBF North American 154-pound title while retaining his WBA-NABA super welterweight belt.

Born in Altay, China, the now 32-year old Islam was a Chinese amateur boxer of Kazakh ancestry best known for winning bronze at welterweight at the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, and the 2006 Asian Games. In January 2011 Islam became a citizen of Kazakhstan and has since spent time training in Florida while fighting in the USA and around the Globe.

The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds and will have the WBA Inter-Continental and WBO NABO titles at stake. The winner will surely be in line for a potential world title shot against WBA super and regular world champions Erislandy Lara and Demetrius Andrade in potential big money fights later this year or early next.

Reports suggesting a few thousand tickets have been allocated for sale to Canadians indicates Cook will have a strong contingent of supporters with him while he enters hostile territory. With the way the Ontario product went like a man on a mission into a hostile Bell Centre in Montreal in his last bout he should be well prepared to be the visiting fighter Sept. 9th.

Stay tuned for more this week.

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