Japan, as we know, has a number of young and talented prospects breaking through at the moment. Whilst many of those, such as Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) and Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1) are being raved about others have been a little bit over-looked. One of those to have remained under the radar is Shun Kubo (6-0, 4).
Kubo hasn't had the rave reviews of some of some of his compatriots but today he showed his ability and made a statement as he easily over-came Luis May (15-8-1, 7), who entered the bout as a world ranked fighter with a #11 ranking from the WBC at Bantamweight.
The bout wasn't the best though Kubo showed off a lot of promising traits including a very busy and fast jab, a weapon that kept May at range, as well as some wonderful counter-punching which he used to punish May when the Mexican decided to fight with some confidence. The sharp and accurate punches of Kubo allowed him to take a clear win over the Mexican with scorecards that read 77-72 and 76-72 twice, scores that reflected the fact both men had knockdowns recorded against them and May was deducted a point for use of the head.
Following the bout the 24 year old Kubo called out Yukinori Oguni, the Japanese Super Bantamweight champion. It's likely that Oguni will answer the challenge and 2015 could well see a bout between Oguni and Kubo to begin the year. We'll be honest, we wouldn't mind seeing that one and finding out if Kubo is as a good as his record indicates,
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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