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Can Xu vs Shun Kubo report
Who won Xu vs Kubo?
Can Xu beat Shun Kubo by technical knockout in the 6th round on Sunday 26th May 2019 in Fuzhou.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was for the WBA featherweight championship of the world.
Xu vs Kubo stats
Can Xu stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Shun Kubo made his way to the ring with a record of 13 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Kubo had a massive power advantage over Xu, boosting at 69% knock out percentage over Xu's 13%.
Can Xu was the younger man by 4 years, at 29 years old.
Kubo had 2-inch reach advantage.
Can Xu fought out of the orthodox stance, while Shun Kubo was a southpaw.
Xu was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 4 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 5 months later than Kubo, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 97 more professional rounds, 188 to Kubo's 91.
Shun Kubo was ranked number 10 by the WBA in the 126lb division.
Xu vs Kubo form
Kubo had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Hiroshige Osawa on 28th April 2018 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Central Gym, Hyogo, Japan.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Daniel Roman on 3rd September 2017 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their WBA World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Shimazu Arena, Kyoto.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Nehomar Cermeno on 9th April 2017 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBA World Super Bantamweight championship fight at EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka.
Before that, he had beat Jin Wook Lim on 11th November 2016 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Central Gym, Kobe.
He had won against Benjie Suganob on 16th May 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Central Gym, Kobe.
Xu's last 4 fights had come over a period of 6 years and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 6 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.5 rounds on average.
Kubo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 46 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.2 rounds on average.
What time did Xu vs Kubo start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 AM UTC at Fuzhou, China, which was 5:00 AM EST or 2:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 AM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Xu vs Kubo?
Can Xu was a 11/100 (-910) favourite going into the contest, while Shun Kubo made his way into the ring at 5/1 (+500) with oddsmakers.
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