Less than 2 weeks ago we saw Japanese youngster Shun Kubo (12-0, 9) [久保隼] score his career best win, claiming the WBA "regular" Super Bantamweight title with a stoppage win over veteran Nehomar Cermeno (26-6-1-1, 15). Following that win there was immediate talks of Kubo going on holiday to Mexico and then focusing on a bout with Daniel Roman (22-2-1, 8).
Today Kubo collected a special award from the Mayor of Kyoto whilst his manager revleaed that Kubo's plans had altered slightly.
Sadly for Kubo the alteration has seen his planned trip to Mexico being put on hold with the new champion now set to focus on a ring return in August, as he defends his title against Roman in a bout that seems to have been ordered by the WBA as a mandatory.
There isn't yet a set date or venue for the bout but it does sound like the plan is to hold it in Japan as part of another big show on KTV, who saw Kubo have huge TV figures for his win over Cermeno! A win over Roman would then give Kubo's reign some legitimacy and open the doors to him having a voluntary defense either at the end of 2017 or in early 2018
(Image courtesy of www.kobe-np.co.jp)
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