Southern California's Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) was crowned world champion knocking out former WBA champion Shun Kubo (12-1, 9 KOs) in the ninth round to become the newest world champion at 122-pounds. Roman battered Kubo dropping him in the seventh and eighth rounds before finishing him off in the ninth.
Roman traveled to Kubo's home country of Japan to battle the newly minted Kubo. Roman, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, made good on his pre-fight promise to win by knockout.
"I said before the fight that I didn't intend for this to go to the judges," Roman said. "The plan was to knock him out and take the WBA title in dominating fashion. Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now. It's a dream come true." Roman added.
"We're incredibly proud of Danny Roman," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "In our eyes, Danny is the ultimate champion. He never backs down from a challenge and tonight he showed that he belongs among the best in the 122-pound division."
"We never had any doubt that Danny would win the WBA title," said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing Promotions. "He looked unbelievable against Kubo. We believe his best years are still ahead of him. That's a scary thought for the rest of the champions in this division."