Yesterday we reported that the WBA had cancelled their purse bids for the Super Flyweight title fight between defending champion Kohei Kono (30-8, 13) and #2 ranked challenger Koki Kameda (32-1, 17). At the time we had assumed they had reached an agreement to fight on foreign soil in an attempt to satisfy the WBA without needing to go through the whole purse bid situation.
Boy were we wrong.
Today the camps clarified the situation and stated that a deal wasn't done for the men to fight, accepting that the situation was difficult was both men. Instead it was agreed that Kono would be able to make an voluntary defense. Eventually getting what he and the Watanabe gym had demanded all along.
If Kono wins he has then agreed to fight Kameda, on the condition that Kameda can his domestic license situation sorted out. This will mean that he needs to transfer gyms and get a license renewal before a fight can be agreed, though it does give him time to get that sorted before the WBA try another power play.
Essentially it looks like Koki and the WBA have accepted the demands of the JBC and Kono who seem to have got their way. It's just a shame in many ways that the WBA weren't willing to accept this same outcome months ago when Watanabe gym and the JBC both requested that Kono be allowed to fight a voluntary title defense.
No date or opponent has been announced for Kono's voluntary defense though hopefully those details will be announced soon. There is some suspicions that it could be on the same card as stable mate Takashi Uchiyama's upcoming defense though at the moment details on that are still sketchy with November and December both being mentioned as possibilities.
It's hope that Kameda can get his situation sorted quickly and that we will get to see the Kono/Kameda bout at some point in 2015. IF not the odds are that Kameda may follow up his brother and head off to the US.
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