ROMERO STOPS KUBO
SUNDAY September 3, 2017
DANNY ROMAN, a 27-year-old from Los Angeles, scores a big win when he stops Japan’s Shun Kubo in nine rounds in Kyoto.
The victory earns Roman the WBA’S secondary superbantamweight belt - with the main version held by Guillermo Rigondeaux, who looks set to meet Vasyl Lomachenko in December.
Roman dominates southpaw Kubo, dropping him twice. The first time is from two rights early in round seven (the Japanese also being cut on the left eye in that session), and the second knockdown is caused by a right hand late in round eight.
The one-sided hammering continues in the ninth and when yet another right-hander sends the champion into the ropes, referee Pinit Prayadsab intervenes with 1-21 on the clock.
At the end of round eight Roman leads by 80-70 on two scorecards and 79-72 on the third.
“I didn’t intend for this to go to the judges,” said Romero, who is now 23-2-1 (9). “The plan was to knock him out and take the title in dominating fashion. Words can’t describe how I’m feeling right now. It’s a dream come true.”
Kubo lost for the first time after 12 wins, nine inside the distance This was his first defence after winning the belt from Venezuela’s Nehomar Cermeno in April.