Kono will attempting to re-capture the WBA Super Flyweight title that he lost to Liborio Solis last year when he takes on Kaovichit. Of course, as we all know, the title was stripped from Solis for his inability to make weight for his bout with Koki's brother Daiki.
Although Kono will know that he's facing a genuinely good fighter in Kaovichit he will also know that he has most of the advantages. Firstly, Kono will be fighting at home with the bout scheduled to take place in the Korakuen Hall, secondly Kono is also the younger man at 33 years old to Kaovichit's 37 years and he will also be the naturally bigger man being a natural Super Flyweight.
As for the prospective clash between Kono and Koki it's a bout that makes sense, though only if Kono can defeat Kaovichit. It would, of course, allow Kono to collect a big pay day and a chance to claim a really notable victory whilst for Koki it would be his clearest opportunity to become a 4-weight world champion, the first in Japanese boxing history.
If Kono is hoping to the get the Koki bout, he'll have to be focused on Kaovichit for now and he'll need to make sure that he gets the victory over the Thai veteran. Anything but a victory over Kaovichit and the bout with Koki won't be an option for the "Tough Boy" who will likely view the possible Koki bout as the biggest incentive to getting the win.