Today we have been informed by a reliable Japanese source that that bout looks likely to head to the US and is also likely to be on free-to-air TV stateside as part of the "PBC" series.
The PBC, which kicking off we're actually writing this, is seen as being the biggest shake up in boxing in recent memory and is the brain child of American advisor Al Haymon. Haymon is an advisor to all 3 of the Kameda brothers and has given them a life line after all 3 men were essentially banned by the JBC from fighting in Japan.
With his power and financial resources Haymon is almost certainly going to win the purse bid if he can't lure Kono over to the US in the negotiations.
For Watanabe gym and the JBC this is going to be frustrating. Watanabe had planned to have a triple title show in May with Kono defending his belt, alongside stablemates Ryoichi Taguchi and Takashi Uchiyama, whilst the JBC will be further frustrated by the WBA.
This will also be horrible news for Rex Tso who will find himself frozen out of the WBA title picture if Koki can win the title.
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