Californian Danny Roman claimed the maiden championship of his career as the 27 year-old travelled to Japan to defeat home favorite Shun Kubo.
Roman, fighting in his first world title fight, took the WBA super-bantamweight belt from Kubo in what was the previously undefeated champion’s very first defence.
It was apparent from the sixth onwards that Roman was grinding Kubo down before sending the belt holder to the canvas in the seventh and eighth.
The fight was eventually called off in the ninth with Roman piling on the pressure which would have eventually ended in a knockout win had the referee not stepped in.
“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,” Roman said after the fight. “It’s a dream come true.”
“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.”