The unbeaten 24 year old, who won the title earlier this year with a majority decision win over Masataka Taniguchi, will be seeking his second defense when he returns and will be going up against Kenta Matsui (8-6, 1) [松井謙太], who enters as the #1 ranked Japanese challenger.
Konishi is ranked by in the top 15 by all 4 wold title bodies and is clearly approaching his first shot at a world title, which could come in early 2018. He will however need to get past Matsui and perhaps show something more than he has recently, with his last two wins both being majority decisions, over-coming Taniguchi and veteran Shin Ono. He likely needs either a dominant win or even a stoppage to convince his team that he's ready for a step upin class.
Matsui has had an interesting up-and-down career. He impressed at times, though is best known for his losses, and has come up short against the likes of Seita Ogido, Riko Kano, Jun Takigawa and Tetsuya Hisada. Although better known for those losses than his wins he does notable recent victories over Rikito Hattori and Genki Hanai, with the win over vver Hanai being the one that opened the door to this bout.
Althoigh not the greatest bout on paper we are expectng something a lot better in the ring than it looks like being. Matsui is a better fighter than his record suggests and Konishi has got his doubters.