Kono, ranked #2 by the WBA, lost the world title to Liborio Solis earlier this year in a thrilling contests that saw both men dropped. Since then though Kono has been inactive, though will be fighting on New Years Eve against a Thai novice. The 33 year old who won the WBA world title on December 31st 2012, by scoring an unexpected stoppage over Tepparith Kokietgym, was unfortunate to run in to Solis in his first defense which brought his reign to a short close after 2 prior losses in world title challenges
For Kaovichit this will be his first fight since September when he over-came former 2-time champion Nobuo Nashiro via a narrow split decision for the interim title. Aged 37 Kaovichit is certainly a veteran of the sport though and was first a world champion back in December 2008. With his age and ring rust he will be seen as the under-dog though does have a 2-1-1 record in world title fights in Japan with wins coming against Daiki Kameda and Hiroyuki Hisataka.
At the moment no other bouts from the card have been announced, though we would expect several Japanese v Thai bouts for the undercard.