Kono, who won the title last year when he stopped Denkaosan Kaovichit, is said to be viewing a world title defense in May or April. Whether that will be against Sanchez is unclear at the moment, though there is a clear possibility that a Kono Vs Sanchez bout will be one of those put to Kono.
The Japanese champion defended his belt late last year when he fought to a draw with Dominican fighter Norberto Jimenez and since then has seen fighters effectively queuing up for a chance at him.
As well Sanchez we already know that Sho Ishida (18-0, 10), Jimenez (20-8-4, 10), Koki Kameda (33-1, 18) and Rex Tso (15-0, 9) are wanting bouts with Kono and it may well be that the champion looks to see which offer makes the most sense for him. We suspect however that his next bout will be in Tokyo unless he is offered huge to travel to Mexico, the US, Macau or even Osaka.
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