Back in April we saw we saw Japanese youngster Shun Kubo (12-0, 9) [久保隼] claim the WBA Super Bantamweight title, as he scored a late stoppage win against veteran Nehomar Cermeno (26-6-1-1, 15), in what was a career defining victory for the unbeaten man.
Following that win his team revealed that his first defense would be against mandatory challenger Daniel Roman (22-2-1, 8), but they back then there was no set date or venue for the bout.
Today howver all the details for the bout were all revealed as the Shinsei Gym held press conference to public announce the bout.
The gym stated that the bout would take place on September 3rd at the Shimadzu Arena Kyoto, a relatively large venue which has held major shows in the past, including the Woz/Ioka show from New Years headlined by Kazuto Ioka.
Given the size of the venue and Kubo's relatively new status as champion it seems really hard to believe that there isn't another majorbout set to be announced for that card, possibly featuring a fighter from the Ioka gym in another title bout.
Kubo sounded confident of coming out with the win, but it's clear he has learned a lot form his bout with Cermeno and will be looking to improve his defense.
Also at today's press conference Shinsei announced that their fighter Ryuya Yamanaka (14-2, 4) [山中 竜也] would be challenging WBO Minimumweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] on August 27th at the Shiroyama Sky Dome. This bout had previously been announced by Honda Fitness, who promoter Fukuhara, but this press conference saw Yamanaka and Shinsei talk about their chances to win. There wasn't too much talk here, but Yamanaka sounded confident of the win, and hoped it would help Kubo, who's fight is only a week after Yamanaka's.
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