The bout was seen as a must win for both men, with Kubo needing to bounce back from his 2017 loss to Daniel Roman and Osawa, at the age of 32, really was unable to afford another loss if he was to get a second world title shot.
Kubo got off an excellebt start, using his lets well and out speeding the older man whilst landing his left straight left hands. The younger man held the early control in the bout and had won the first 3 rounds on all 3 cards whilst also leaving Osawa with a bloodied nose.
The fight swung in round, despite Osawa being deducted a point for holding. It was a round that saw Kubo suffer a cut to his right eye from a head clash. With the cut bothering Kubo it allowed Osawa to get some momentum, and he did juts that in round 6 as he began to cut the distance and get to work on the inside. Kubo would himself be deducted a point for hold in round 7 as Osawa began to rack up rounds and have a very spirited comeback.
The fight back from Osawa wouldn't be enough in the end, with Kubo fighting back well in the final 2 rounds to sneak a split decision, with scores of 96-93 and 97-95 in his favour, whilst the other judge went with a score of 95-94 to Osawa.
With the win Kubo remains in the mix for a world title fight at Featherweight, whilst Osawa's career really is hanging by a thread whilst his 33rd birthday is just around the corner.
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