January 29th 2013-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Rey Megrino (18-20-3, 16) vs Kenji Kubo (1-0)
In late 2012 Japanese fighter Kenji Kubo made his debut, beating former world title challenger Nouldy Manakane. In his second bout he took on Filipino Rey Megrino, who was riding high after stopping Thai great Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.
July 25th 2013-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yosuke Fujihara (13-1, 4) Vs Kenji Kubo (2-1)
Back in 2013 Japanese boxing fans had high hopes for youngster Kenji Kubo [久保賢司] those hopes however were left in tatters following his bout with Yosuke Fujihara [藤原陽介]
In the west fans wouldn't get excited if they saw men with records of 2-1-1 and 5-2-1 (2) fighting against each other. In fact with records like that you would suspect the fighters would be opening a small card with next to no interest in the bout which would likely be a 4 rounder. In Japan however fighters like that can actually be very talented and fighters between them can be genuine good fights with 2 men who have genuine talent. That was seen in the recent 8 round bout between Ryoichi Tamura and Kenji Kubo.
The bout had it all. It had good quality boxing early on, it had high tempo action in the middle and at the end it had a definitive winner as one of the fighters, who looked exhausted from his effort, was dropped hard. For those who like action this was a bout they should enjoy and hopefully we'll get to see a lot more of both men.
(Video courtesy of nov K)
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