Canadian boxer Brandon Cook suffered the first defeat of his pro career, losing by technical knockout in the ninth round of a 10-round Super Welterweight bout against Kanat Islam, September 9 at the Saryarka Velodrome in Kazakhstan.
Cook, who has fought most of his career at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga and is managed by Mississauga-based United Boxing Promotions, dropped to 18-1, 11 knockouts. It was his first fight outside of Canada.
Islam, who was fighting in his home country, improved to 25-0, 20 by knockout. Islam came into the contest ranked second by the World Boxing Association in the Super Welterweight division, third by the International Boxing Federation and seventh by the World Boxing Association. He is the reigning WBO NABA Super Welterweight champion and WBA Inter-Continental Super Welterweight champion after claiming both vacant titles in his previous bout.
Cook was ranked fifth by the WBA and 13th by the WBO.
He entered the fight as the reigning WBA-NABA Super Welterweight champion and IBF North America Super Welterweight champion.