In April this year, super bantamweight Shun Kubo (12-0) stunned the boxing world with a stoppage win over WBA champion Nehomar Cermeno in Kubo’s native Japan. With this win and the capturing of the WBA title, it set up Kubo with a world title fight against top challenger Danny Roman (22-2-1), who moved into the top spot by knocking out Adam Lopez in the ninth round back in January.
Now, meeting in Japan on Sunday, who has the edge?
The 12-round world championship fight is promoted by Shinsei Boxing Gym, in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions which takes place at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto.
Roman wasted no time in calling out champion Kubo in April after the Japanese star captured the world title against his Venezuelan challenger. With Roman not fighting since his win over Adam Lopez in January this year, the American feels his time is right to challenge for world honours.
Roman has said this in the lead up to the fight, which was ordered by the WBA in April –
“This is the fight that everyone wants. It’s a fight that you’ve trained your entire career for so I recognise that this opportunity is rare. At the end of the day, I have to prove to everyone that I’m championship material. I have to go out and deliver a beating to Kubo.”
The president of Thompson Boxing is also confident that the time is right for Roman, stating the following –
“We’ve been watching Danny’s training camp very closely before he left for Japan. He looks ready to step up to the biggest challenge of his career. We have no doubt that he will return to Los Angeles as a world champion.”
Roman has taken two 0’s on the spin in his last two outings, defeating Lopez and Marlon Olea inside the distance and will be confident of adding Kubo’s name to that list despite travelling abroad.
Roman has been out of the ring for a long time. This fight will mark nine months of inactivity, however, the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ is expected to have more than enough in the engine to cope with Kubo’s work rate.
Kubo is a tall and long southpaw who will look to keep the Californian at bay in the early rounds, pawing away and dominating the middle of the ring with his long levers.
Roman is in the enemies territory in coming to Japan, and having only boxed once before outside of the US, you can’t help but feel the Roman camp will be training for a KO. Leaving it to the judge’s scorecards is a risky move in Japan however Roman has proved before he has the power.
Roman has a good come-forward style and has proved that he can cut off the ring with ease and land vicious body shots. Kubo will use his height and his reach to fend off Roman’s advances as the ‘away’ fighter tries to set the pace early on.
If Kubo is the boxer, Roman is the fighter, and considering Kubo is the champion it is hard to see his ring smarts failing him on Sunday night. Kubo should have enough to negate anything that Roman throws at him throughout the fight and his superior reach and skill should prevail.
Prediction: Kubo by UD
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