Earlier today Japanese fans in Hyogo had the chance to see 26 year old Super Bantamweight hopeful Shun Kubo (10-9, 7) [久保隼] score the first defense of his OPBF title, as he over-came very game Filipino challenger Benjie Suganob (10-5-1, 5).
In the early stages it seemed Kubo was going to be too good as he used his sharp boxing, excellent jab and intelligent boxing brain to take an early lead. It seemed like he was in charge and two judges had the bout 39-37 in favour of the champion after 4 rounds, whilst the other Judge had the bout even.
After the first set of open scores Suganob seemed to to go through the gears and began to up the ante, taking the fight to Kubo winning round 5 on all 3 cards. That success was short lived however as Kubo regrouped, and went on to sweep rounds 6-9 on all 3 cards to put himself into a huge lead going into the final rounds. Although Kubo was winning the rounds he wasn't doing it in a pretty fashion and clinches became the order of the day in the later stages.
Knowing he needed something big Suganob tried to turn the bout around late, but was unable to stop a tiring Kubo, who had done enough to deserve the win on all 3 cards.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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