A few short weeks ago we saw the unbeaten Shun Kubo (12-0, 9) [久保隼] claim the WBA "regular" Super Bantamweight title with an upset win against Nehomar Cermeno. Today Kubo was honored with the "Kobe City Sports Special Award" awarded by Kizō Hisamoto, the mayor of Kobe.
The meeting saw Kubo thank the mayor for the support he has recieved during his career whilst also admitting that he didn't expect to win a world title so soon after making his first defense of the OPBF title.
The fighter, who plans to make his first defense in Summer, resumed gym work soon after meeting with Mr Hisamoto and it seems clear that these sorts of awards do act as a driving force for Kubo who clearly wants to be a key citizen for the region.
On the subject of his first defense Kubo did suggest that they needed a new venue in Kobe suitable of holding a world title fight. It does seem like the city does need some venues capable of hosting a title fight but for now fighting in Osaka doesn't seem to be a major problem for Kubo, who will look to be a central figure for the growth of boxing in Kobe under the guidance of Shinsei gym.
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