At the end of January Nicaragua did their "Athlete of the Year" award with the winner of the award being the exceptionally talented Roman Gonzalez (44-0, 38), the current WBC Flyweight champion, who quickly declared that his intention was to become a 4-weight world champion.
Not only did Gonzalez state his intentions to move to Super Flyweight but that he was wanting to earn the WBA title at the weight.
That means that Gonzalez's target, it seems, is now Japan's exciting and tough Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) [河野 公平], who has held the WBA Super Flyweight title since March 2014, when he stopped Denkaosan Kaovichit, and defended it twice.
At the moment the match up is one that is merely being spoken about, and even then it's only been from Gonzalez, but it is one that makes a lot of sense, would be fun to watch and may well be the best paying option Kono can get. It could also be a bout that could see Kono return to the US, where he scored a career defining win last year against Koki Kameda [亀田 興毅], or could see Gonzalez return to Japan where he won where he has won the WBA Minimumweight, WBA "Interim" Light Flyweight and WBC Flyweight titles.
It'd be fair to say that Gonzalez would be a huge betting favourite if the men were too meet but it would also be a big step towards the potential mega-fight between Gonzalez and current WBO champion Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) [井上 尚弥].
A notable side story to this is the fact Bob Arum, the American promoter who has a co-promotional deal with Rex Tso (18-0, 11) [曹星如], has claimed that part of the reason a Kono/Tso bout was made was the fact Kono had been ordered to face interim champion Luis Concepcion (34-4,24) in a WBA mandatory title fight.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
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