In a recent interview conducted with WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (30-8, 13) the champion seemed to indicate there was a bout that he was wanting later this year as a defence of his world title.
The bout that Kono mentioned was a contest, in Macau, against Hong Kong star Rex Tso (12-0, 8) who is seen as one of the biggest ticket sellers and highest profile fighters in the 115lb division.
Although Kono did mention the fight it does seem unlikely to be any time soon with Tso currently unranked by the WBA and with Tso himself having a fight lined up on May 31st. In theory however if Tso gets past Ratchasak Kokietgym (22-2-1, 10) at the end of the month the bout does become a very plausible one.
For Kono a bout in Macau against Tso would be a huge opportunity to raise his profile outside of Japan. In Japan he's popular with boxing fans but not hugely well known outside of the boxing community. A fight with Tso would get shown in the US, UK, Europe and China and help him show his talent around the world to a huge potential audience.
As well as the profile building factor of the bout it was also allow Kono to avenge the loss of his Watanabe stable mate Mako Matsuyama, who was stopped by Tso in February.
Whilst many fans may be wanting Kono to defend against Koki Kameda it appears that the champion is willing to put that bout on the back burner for now and given the Kameda promotional situation in Japan it does make sense for Kono to look else where rather than have things dictated to him by the Kameda's who would likely want to promote the bout in Mexico.
The interview, in full, can be found here on Watanabe's website.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
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