On April 9th we'll see Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼] challenge WBA regular Super Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1, 15) in what will be Kubo's first world title fight. Today, ahead of that bout, the Shinsei gym fighter took part in a public work out.
The work out saw the unbeaten youngster spend 6 rounds sparring, 3 of which were spent in the ring with Ryoichi Tamura (8-2-1, 5) [田村 亮一] and the other 3 were spent with Teiru Atsumi (12-1, 6) [テイル渥美]. The sparring was hotly contested an seemed to show that Kubo was getting his gameplan sorted for Cermeno, despite how neither Tamura or Atsumi really replicate the style of Cermeno.
The team behind Kubo said that they were nervous ahead of today's work out but seemed pleased by the turn out of reporters, suggesting that Kubo has got a higher profile than his team assumed. Notably Atsumi was impressed by Kubo, admitting that Kubo's left hand has genuine power behind it. As for Kubo himself he seemed to be really happy to be given advice from 3-weight champion Hozumi Hasegawa, who seems to be there supporting his former stablemate as much as he can.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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