Earlier this year we were expecting to see WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13) defending his title against mandatory challenger Koki Kameda (33-1, 18). Sadly that bout, which was arranged for July 24th, had to be delayed after Kono suffered a serious rib injury.
Now, several months after that injury, it seems that Kono has recovered and earlier today he took part in a public practice session as he began preparation for the Kameda bout, which is now being expected in either late September or early October.
The injury, which kept Kono out of the gym for around a month, was suffered in sparring and prevented him from doing much at all. In fact he stated that it hurt to just sneeze.
At the training session today Kono hit the mitts, hit a heavy bag and took part in some shadow boxing. It wasn't the toughest of sessions but it was clear that he's now focused on facing Kameda with the two parties negotiating a date and venue for the bout. Although a specific venue hasn't been set it's clear that it will take place in the US, with Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles being the 3 places names as being the most likely for the bout.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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