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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.

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