In Sunday Japanese fight fans saw Shun Kubo (12-0, 9) [久保隼] become the latest Japanese world champion, claiming the WBA "regular" Super Bantamweight title. On Monday he was part of a press conference to talk about his fight and his future.
The fighter stated that his intent was to go and have a trip to Mexico in the wake of his win. He admitted he struggled to sleep on Sunday night/Monday morning and had been inundated with instant messages on Japanese service "Line" whilst having also damaged a tooth during the fight.
Kubo's win was a huge one for himself and for the Sinsei gym but it's worth noting it was also a massive one for Kansai TV who ended up pulling a huge 8.7% viewership, a staggering number for the challen's first live professional boxing card in almost 30 years! That type of audience number suggests that Kubo's popularity could make him a regional star and is likely to help Kansai continue to show boxing, likely picking Kubo as their face of the sport.
Although his next defense hasn't yet been sorted their is murmurs from the Shinsei gym that Kubo will be defending his title in August against against American Daniel Roman (22-2-1, 8).
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