Japanese fighter Kenji Kubo (5-3-1, 2) was once tipped as a bright light in Japanese boxing. He had been a fantastic kick boxer and some suggested he would have similar success in the sweet science. Sadly Kubo has failed to shine as a boxer and although he holds a notable win over former world title challenger Nouldy Manakane and a stoppage over domestic rival Atsushi Hosogai, he really has failed to live up his early potential.
Yesterday Kubo stated on his blog that if he loses in his upcoming bout, on August 21st against Ryohei Takahashi (6-1-1), he would retire.
Aged just 26 Kubo has been involved in combat sports for years. It seems his long and hard career has taken it's toll on him and he now feels like his body may be done. It'd be a shame to see him walk away from the sport, though there is every chance that he needs a break and that a loss to Takahashi in August will not be the end of Kubo's career.
Notably a win for Kubo against Takahashi would give him a Japanese domestic ranking and possibly kick start his career which has faltered in recent years,
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