Originally Knockout was said to have struck a deal to face former 2-time world title challenger Go Odaira (12-5-3, 1) [大平 剛], before Odaira was pulled form the bout almost immediately after the announcement. After Odaira was pulled the promoter stated that the replacement would be from Japan, and at the time that limited the options to fighters who were in the WBA rankings.
Since that news however the WBA have shaken up their rankings and started to include Shin Ono (19-7-4, 3) [小野 心], who has now been announced as Knockout's foe for December 14th in a bout to be held in Nakhon Ratchasima.
The bout will be Knockout's first defense since claiming the full WBA title earlier this year, with a win over Byron Rojas, and will be Ono's second world title bout, having previously come up short in an IBF title contest with Katsunari Takayama. Unfortunately however it's not a great bout and Ono's have been mixed with a 2-2-1 record in his last 5, including a loss and a draw at Japanese title level.
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