Earlier this week former K-1 World GP Welterweight Champion Yuta Kubo [久保 優太] revealed he has big ambitions in boxing, and is planning to transition from K1 to boxing.
The fighter announced he was retiring from K-1 and was hoping to win an Olympic medal at the now rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, which will now take place in 2021. It seems almost impossible for that actually happen, though there i a potential chance for Kubo to make a mark on the Olympic stage in 2024, albeit when he's in his mid 30's.
Notably he did also go on to explain that he is also looking to turn his hand to professional boxing, something that seems much more plausible, and has set the ambition of becoming a professional boxing world champion.
Kubo's brother, Kenji Kubo, had been a K-1 fighter fighter himself before turning to professional boxing, with limited success. It seems Kenji's experience will be a guide to held Yuta ahead of his transition.
An announcement regarding Kubo's boxing career is expected to be made in the near future, but the conversation has grown and he has been trained for the last decade by Tetsuo Yaguchi, who does give professional boxing training.
This seems like it could be a very interesting story to follow, and if he does announce he's going professional, rather than amateur, he will almost certainly be fast tracked through the domestic Welterweight scene, adding a huge injection of excitement to a division that has been giving us real thrills recently.
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