It had been hope that Kubo, who is world ranked by the WBC, would be facing someone who could test him before a potential title fight in the latter part of 2015. Sadly however it's been revealed that Kubo's opponent really is an uninspiring choice.
Rather than facing a test Kubo will be facing Thai visitor Jakarachlek Sor Wankaew (0-3). The Thai, who lost his first 3 bouts by stoppage, is a some what known fighter to some in Japan who may have seen him being stopped in 3 rounds by Takahiro Yamamoto in May 2014 , or seen him suffer a 4 round decision loss to Shoma Okamoto last September. To say he's a weak opponent for someone with Kubo's ability would merely be stating the obvious.
Whilst the match up is incredibly disappointing it does leave us thinking that Kubo could have a quick turn around and possibly fight again in November or December in a title bout. That could be the only possible positive to take out of this contest which is one of the most disappointing mismatches we've seen made in Japan this year.