Last week we reported that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (9-0, 7) [久保 隼] would be defending his title in May. Today we were sent more details regarding that bout with Kubo's opponent now being named.
According to the information that we've been sent Kubo will be facing limited Filipino Benjie Suganob (10-4-1, 5).
The Filipino certainly doesn't have the record to suggest he's anything special, or even likely to really test Kubo, though it is worth noting that he is unbeaten in Japan, where he beat Seizo Kono last year. Sadly whilst he did win in Japan last time out it does need to be noted than he is 3-3 in his last 6 and the win over Kono is one of only four wins of note, with the others being a stoppage of Rey Juntilla in 2012 and a pair of decision wins over Vergil Puton in 2011, though both men were novices in those bouts.
For Kubo the bout is, as many would expect, an easy first title defense, sadly however it comes after almost 5 months of inactivity and it feels like a step backwards following wins over Monico Laurente and Luis May. Hopefully, if Kubo comes through with a victory, his next defense will be more testing.
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