We've known for a while that Japanese prospect Shun Kubo (7-0, 5) would be in action on August 28th, as part of the supporting card for the upcoming OPBF Lightweight title fight featuring Masayoshi Nakatani.
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.
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