Recently Japanese fans saw Hozumi Hasegawa look like an old man as he struggled past Carlos Andres Ruiz Machuca. The talented Hasegawa, a staple of the Japanese scene for the last decade, was the star of Kobe and one of the leading figures in Japanese boxing. Thankfully for local fans, and for Hasegawa's promoter Shinsei, it seems like they have another star in the making, Shun Kubo (8-0, 6).
On December 26th, just a day after Christmas, Kobe fans get to see Kubo in his most notable bout to date, a contest against Filipino puncher Lloyd Jardeliza (7-2-3, 6) for the vacant OPBF Super Bantamweight title.
Despite Christmas coming just a day earlier it's fair to say that the fighters will be focused on this bout, which really will allow the winner to burst out and take a huge step towards much more notable bouts.
Kubo, as mentioned, is meant to be the next Kobe star and the next mane from the Shinsei Gym to be worth follow. He really came on to our radar in late 2013, when he beaten Monico Laurente in an 8 round decision and has since scored a very notable win over Mexico's Luis May.
The 25 year old Kubo is a strange fighter to watch. He's a fast and hard hitting Southpaw with a lot of natural talent but a very wide stance, as he showed against May. Despite the stand he really does look like a diamond in the rough. There is great speed and power to Kubo when he attacks, and like Hasegawa he has often found a way to draw mistakes from opponents and then punish them with accurate punches. Unfortunately he does still look very much like a fighter he needs some more work, however there is a lot to like already.
With just 8 bouts, and 35 rounds under his belt Kubo obvious lacks experience. He can seen reaching and making simple mistakes. So far he hasn't been punished too much for those mistakes but with experience those mistakes will be sorted. It's just a question of whether this bout has come a little bit too soon for Kubo who probably needs another 4 or 5 fights before really correcting some of those simple issues.
Whilst we have seen a few of Kubo's fights, we have yet to see Jardeliza in action, however we have seen some training footage of the 20 year old, and he already looks very promising, with fast hands and nice movement, whilst his record suggests he's a serious puncher. The footage however did suggest another fighter who made novice like mistakes, especially with his footwork and defense.
Jardeliza debuted back in June 2012 and has slowly climbed through the ranks, despite suffering losses to Jimmy Aducal, an 8th round TKO loss, and Nathaniel May, a 10 round decision losses. Those losses were, clearly, set backs but he has bounced back from both and certainly didn't embarrass himself in either of the losses, in fact he pushed May very close.
The Filipino, who has shared the ring with Denver Cuello among others during training, is heavy handed. He has scored 6 KO's in his 7 wins. Sadly though those wins have come against relatively limited Filipino level opponents, none of whom have really shown the ability to go further themselves. Notable of course he also has 3 draws on his record, including two against Felipe Cagubcob Jr..
On paper it looks really interesting, two young fighters facing off in the hope of becoming an Oriental champion. Sadly however it does look like we have a semi-proven man, Kubo, up against a totally unproven, yet still promising, fighter. We always need to side with the proven man and as a result we suspect Kubo takes home the win here.
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