December 26th is known in various countries as "Boxing Day" and although we know there was no major boxing in those particular countries there was still action in Japan where fans had the chance to see a battle for the vacant OPBF Super Bantamweight title.
The bout in question saw the unbeaten Shun Kubo (9-0, 7) successfully claim the title as he scored a 5th round win over the game but over-matched Filipino Lloyd Jardeliza (7-3-3, 6), who really had no answer for Kubo's power, speed or shot selection.
The first round saw both swinging in some wild shots as it seemed nerves got to both, in the second round however Kubo regained his composure and started to dominate the action with his natural traits being too much for the wilder Jardeliza, who was dropped twice in round 2.
The knockdowns were bad news for Jardeliza but not the end of the world and he tried to fight back. Unfortunately for him the fight lasted only to round 5 where he was taken out by a sensational left hand counter that sent Jardeliza down hard.
After the win Kubo seemed to suggest that his next target was a world title. We suspect it's too early for him however a performance like the one he had today will certainly help him move towards a world ranking and eventual world title shot.
(Image courtesy daily.co.jp)
Earlier this month we reported that Shinsei had announced an intriguing OPBF Super Bantamweight title bout between their highly promising fighter Shun Kubo (8-0, 6) and Filipino puncher Lloyd Jardeliza (7-2-3, 6). Since then however the story has gone cold and 2 of the scheduled which listed the bout have no removed that, and the entire show.
Originally the bout was announced to take place in Kobe on December 26th, boxing day to some of those around the world, however it now appears that the show has been cancelled all together. What is really unclear however is whether the bout has been rescheduled for 2016.
Whilst two of the schedules, which have been very accurate in the past, have unlisted the contest it's worth noting that Shinsei themselves still list the bout on their home page. That could however be a case of them not updating their site recently. It's also worth noting that no reason has been made public as to why the fight, or show in general, have been cancelled.
Earlier today we reported that Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) was set to vacate the OPBF title Super Bantamweight title to continue his focus on the title scene, with a world title fight now expected to take place in early 2016 against the winner of the recently announced Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg unification bout.
We have since been informed that a bout to fill the vacancy has already been announced for the title.
That bout will see the highly touted highly touted Shun Kubo (8-0, 6) put his unbeaten record on the line against Filipino puncher Lloyd Jardeliza (7-2-3, 6).
At the moment the bout is penciled in to take place in Japan and December 26th, however there has been no venue set for the bout, though Kobe in the most likely.
For Kubo this will be his first title bout and the first time he has been scheduled to go more than 8 rounds, a distance that he has complete just once, scoring an 8 round win last December against Luis May. As for Jardeliza this will be his second title bout, following a loss in a WBO Asia Pacific Youth Featherweight title fight last year.
At the moment the bout is the only one that has been announced for the show and it looks to be an intriguing match up between two young men looking to claim their first title and take a huge step forward in their career.
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