Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Can Xu, Shun Kubo Make Weight For Featherweight Title Fight

By Jake Donovan

Topping perhaps the very best show of a content-heavy fight weekend, Can Xu and Shun Kubo are set for their World Boxing Association (WBA) secondary featherweight title fight. 

Both boxers easily made weight ahead of their 12-round headliner Sunday evening in Fuzhou, China. Xu (16-2, 2KOs) tipped the scales at 125.7 pounds, slightly heavier than Japan’s Kubo who weighed 125.6 in a bid to become a two-division titlist.

Xu attempts the first defense of the title he claimed in an all-action thriller versus Jesus Rojas this past January. The bout marked the second straight in the United States for the 28-year old, who returns to his native China for his first fight at home since last July.

 can-kobo

Kubo (13-1, 9KOs) aims to become a two-division titlist, having previously held a WBA belt at super bantamweight. The reign was short-lived, as the now-29 year old southpaw dropped the title in his first defense, a 9th round knockout at the hands of Daniel Roman in Sept. 2017.

The bout was his last at super bantamweight, although Kubo has fought just once since then—a split decision win over countryman Hiroshige Osawa last April. Sunday’s bout will mark his first career fight outside of Japan. 

In the evening’s chief support, Venezuela’s Carlos Canizales attempts the second defense of his junior flyweight title as he faces former flyweight titlist Sho Kimura.

The well-traveled Canizales (21-0-1, 17KOs) weighed in right at the 108-pound limit for his third title fight in as many countries, none of which have come at home. The squat 26-year old won the crown with a 12-round decision win over unbeaten Reiya Konishi last March in Japan, followed a 12th round stoppage of Bin Lu last July in Malaysia. 

Kimura (18-2-2, 11KOS) weighed 107.5 pounds in a bid to become a two-division titlist. The 30-year old from Japan is going about the hard way, dropping down from flyweight where his near two-year title reign included wins over Shiming Zou and Toshiyuki Igarashi before dropping a thrilling 12-round decision to Kosei Tanaka last September in the 2018 Fight of the Year.

Both title fights will air live on CCTV-5 in China (7:00pm local time) and will stream live on WBA’s website at wbaboxing.com beginning at 7:00am ET.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (0)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Gvozdyk: Maybe Beterbiev Underestimated Callum Johnson Kovalev Contests Criticism He Can't Take Body Shots Team Kovalev: We Got The Fight We Wanted, Money We Wanted Marquez Obtains Counsel To Challenge Felix Verdejo's Lawsuit Povetkin's Promoter: Hunter a Very Serious, Dangerous Opponent Hearn: Joshua Sparring With Small, Chubby, Fast Hands Boxers Erik Vega Ortiz vs. Alberto Palmetta Tops ShoBox Triple, Nov. 15 Beterbiev: I Make Many Goals, But Only Look At One At A Time Charles Conwell Issues Heartfelt Letter To Patrick Day Memo Looks To Increase Duno's Endurance To Shock Ryan Garcia Valdez-Gutierrez, Frampton-McCreary Double Set For Nov. 30 Derevyanchenko: If GGG Says 'No' - Give Me Canelo or Charlo! Usyk Would Prefer Fighting Joshua Over Andy Ruiz Next Warren: Josh Warrington Earned Big Fight, Champs Are Reluctant TJ Doheny Sets Sights On 122-Pound Titlists Following Latest Win Chantelle Cameron Aims To Secure Jessica McCaskill Title Shot Saunders: My Win is a Bitter Pill To Swallow For Eubank Jr. Haye: Wilder Underestimated Fury - He Won't The Second Time Team Russia Dominates 2019 AIBA Women's WC with Three Gold Former prospect Dat Nguyen ditches gloves to chase BKFC glory Fury: Not Thinking About Wilder Right Now, Concentrating on WWE Nikitin: Michael Conlan is Bitter, He Can't Accept It, I'll Win Again! Teofimo Lopez: It Will Be Lights Out For Commey, I'll Take Over 135 Crawford: Kavaliauskas Has Nothing To Lose - He's Dangerous Crawford vs. Kavaliauskas Finalized For December 14 Miguel Berchelt: After I Beat Sosa, I Want Oscar Valdez! Beterbiev: Right Now, Gvozdyk is Only One I Need To Worry About Emmanuel Rodriguez Embraces Luis Nery Clash on Wilder-Ortiz Filip Hrgovic-Eric Molina in Play For The Ruiz-Joshua Card Joseph Parker Has Recovered, Will Keep Close Eye on Chisora-Price Rabchenko Calls For a Showdown With Tim Tszyu Josh Warrington: We Are Coming For Everyone In 2020 Witherspoon: Usyk Would Out-Point Ruiz; Joshua Fight Tougher Canelo: DAZN Didn't Pressure Me To Take Golovkin Fight Martin Murray vs. Sladan Janjanin Set, Nov 15 In Liverpool Paddy Barnes: My Body Failed Me - No Point in Going On James Tennyson vs. Craig Evans Now Land On Nov 23 In Liverpool Bivol's Manager Eyes Beterbiev-Gvozdyk, Kovalev-Canelo Winners Wilder To Fury: You Are No Champion, Cut That Bullsh*t Out! Eastern Europe Update: Troyanovsky, Malikov, Bacskai, and More
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement