Watanabe's announcement suggested that the bout was indeed going to take place in the US, something we reported back in March before a deal had even got this far, though Watanabe's announcement was interesting for the fact they managed to put a general time frame on the bout which is now expected in either July or August.
We suspect a late July date or an early August date for the bout, though a specific date hasn't yet been nailed down by the teams involved.
As reported last week Kono will be heading to the US tomorrow for a small training camp and a chance to adapt to the time zone difference. He'll return to Japan on May 20th.
For Kono this will be his second defense of the title, following his draw with the unheralded Noberto Jimenez in December, whilst Koki will be attempting to become a 4-weight world champion, the first in Japanese boxing history.
Kohei Kono set for US training camp, further speculation that bout with Koki Kameda is destined for the US!
Koki Kameda Vs Kohei Kono set to take place in the US?
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