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Shun Kubo won his first world title fight on Sunday, defeating WBA super bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno in an 11th-round technical knockout.

Kubo, who turned 27 the day before, was knocked down in the seventh round, but using his reach advantage, hung in to deliver a steady supply of effective punches in the fight at Edion Arena Osaka. Five seconds into the 11th round, the champ indicated he could go no further and the fight was stopped.

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