A few days ago we reported that Japan's Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13) had been spending time at the Wild Card gym. What we didn't know at the time, though are now aware of, is that Kono was there for more than just a passing visit and has in fact been spending time working with HOF trainer Freddie Roach, the man who helped turn Manny Pacquiao into a modern day great.
Kono, who is in the US ahead of a mandatory defense of his WBA Super Flyweight title against compatriot Koki Kameda (33-1, 18), appears to have done a lot more than just enjoying the sights and experience of the US and it's fair to say that spending time with Roach will have helped him improve as well as helping him get used to condition stateside.
For Kono the bout with Kameda, which is still yet to be officially announced, will be his first outside of Japan and he's seemingly doing all he can to get used to the conditions out there. That's included getting used to the shift in timezone, working with a US trainer and experienced the "big fight vibe", having attended the recent Gennady Golovkin Vs Willie Monroe Jr card.
Although Kono is set to travel back to Japan tomorrow it seems very clear that he's made the most of his time stateside and will have helped forge connections to help him when he returns to the country later this year. Whilst we don't yet know when that will be, we suspect an announcement is imminent.
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(Image courtesy of Kohei Kono's blog)
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