Yuba claimed his first national title at 135lbs and later became a national champion at Middleweight following his win over Carlos Linares in a thriller. Prior to getting his hands on Linares however Yuba had to earn the opportunity to compete for the Japanese Middleweight crown, he did this by defeating Tomohiro Ebisu, one of the true heavy hitters on the Japanese domestic scene.
Going in to the fight Ebisu had a record of 8-1 (8) and at 23 years old he was seen a rising young force in the Middleweight division. Yuba was 34, an old man with 47 bouts under his record including 7 losses, in fact Yuba had lost 2 of his previous 3. Those stats didn't help Ebisu who in many ways over-looked Yuba and was made to pay for his mistakes by eating hard southpaw left hands.
Early in round 3 the warning scene were on show as Ebisu was rocked. The youngster fought back hard but was dropped soon afterwards from a very sharp left hook. He got to his feet but a follow attack saw off the dangerous youngster who had the referee save him before he ended up going down again.