Sadly for Watanabe and Kono it seems almost certain that the bout won't be taking place in the fighters native Japan, instead it looks set to go to the US with Al Haymon acting as the pivotal figure in the deal.
One of our sources has indicated not only that the bout is likely to go to the States but also that moves are being made to set the fight up for June. At the moment specifics aren't clear but what would be clear is that this would scupper Bob Arum's hopes of having a bout between Kono and his new signing Rex Tso in July.
This news has come with other Koki related news as we've been informed he's now set off to the US ahead of his training camp for the Kono bout.
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