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Boxing: Monday Round-Up – 4 September 2017

Roman beats Kubo in Japan, Matchroom showcases their NXTGEN fighters and we look forward to the start of the World Boxing Super Series.


Roman claims WBA super bantamweight title in Japan

Daniel Roman of the US defeated Japan’s Shun Kubo by TKO on Sunday evening to capture the WBA super bantamweight title. Having success throughout the fight, the 27-year-old Roman dropped the home fighter in the seventh and eighth before the referee intervened in the ninth round when the Japanese fighter failed to return fire after a barrage of head shots.

Roman now has 23 wins, two losses, and one draw after this victory with only eight KO’s on his resume. Kubo, who claimed the belt in April after defeating Venezuela’s Nehomar Cermeno, now sits with a 12-1-0 record after Roman claimed another opponents ‘0’.

The current king of the division is the sanctioning organisation’s “super” champion at the weight – Guillermo Rigondeaux. Roman will be ordered to face Rigondeaux, but the talented Cuban boxer is already under an order to make a mandatory defence against Moises Flores, who was the WBA’s interim-champion at 122-pounds. However, with rumours circulating of Rigondeaux fighting Lomachenko on December 9 at Madison Square Garden, the Cuban may well vacate his WBA strap.

British stars shine on NXTGEN card in London

On Friday night in London, York Hall staged the next chapter of Matchroom Boxing’s NXTGEN series. With a card full of Britain’s brightest young hopes, the show proved to be a good gauge of the next breed of British champions to potentially come through the ranks, with a lot of the current pay-per-view stars reaching the twilights of their careers.

Lawrence Okolie, Joshua Buatsi, Joe Cordina, Ted Cheeseman, Conor Benn, Felix Cash, Danny Dignum, William Webber and Jake Ball all got wins, with the latter being the only fighter without a perfect record so far in their career.

With these NXTGEN shows aimed at getting the younger more inexperienced fighters a platform to grow on, fights are generally uncompetitive however Ball vs Joe Sherriff went against the script with a fantastic 10-rounder. With two early knockdowns, Sherriff bit down on his gumshield and fought valiantly, causing Ball all sorts of problems in the later rounds. However, Ball composed himself and won a fairly wide UD in the end.

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Two weeks until Canelo vs GGG

With just two weeks to go until one of the biggest fights of the last decade, excitement is building around the Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin super-fight. After the circus of Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor has packed up and left Las Vegas, all eyes are now on the middleweight fight between the two pound-for-pound stars.

With this fight being delayed over the past few years due to a number of excuses, both fighters feel primed and ready to prove their dominance at 160lbs, with Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya expressing his excitement while talking to BoxingNews24

“You have Triple G, who only goes forward. He’s a power puncher with both hands. He will try to knock you out, and his record shows it. He’s been knocking everybody out his entire career. The fact that Canelo feels he has something to prove is going to bring out the best in him It’s going to be a great fight. I think it’s going to be five to eight rounds of just hell. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be exciting,”

The WBSS begins this weekend with Usyk vs Huck

Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck kick off the World Boxing Super Series this weekend in Berlin as the cruiserweights begin their eight-man tournament to decipher who reigns supreme at 200lbs.

The number one seed in the 200lb bracket, Usyk, picked the experienced German fighter to be the third defence of his title at the Draft Gala in Monaco earlier this month, and has stated his eagerness for the competition to begin –

“I can’t wait for the start of the tournament. I miss the ring and look forward to hearing the opening bell ring again. At the moment I am not thinking of my opponent. I am concentrated on my preparation, I’ve got many things to do in my training camp. If he wishes, he may think about me.”

With the middleweights starting their bracket with Callum Smith vs Erik Skoglund the week after, it’ll be interesting to see how much attention can be drawn towards this new format, with the Muhammad Ali Trophy up for grabs.

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Lewis Watson

London based boxing Editor, fanatic and all-round lover of the 'Sweet Science'. Growing up in the 90's, Tyson, De La Hoya and Savon grabbed Lewis' attention at an early age, with Hatton-Tzsyu confirming the obsession in 2005.

As a student of the sport, you'll find him flicking through the archives of past "Sugar" Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali fights, as well as wide-eyed on a Sunday for the 5am Vegas bouts.

Also covering football, darts and tennis content for BetVictor and Betfair.

Boxing: Monday Round-Up – 4 September 2017

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