One of the longest on going saga's in Asian boxing has been the WBA Super Flyweight world title fight between reigning champion Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13) and mandatory challenger Koki Kameda (33-1, 18).
The saga, which has run since the middle of last year, has been held up in part due to Kameda's ban from fighting in Japan due to several issues with the JBC, who stripped the Kameda gym of their license at the start of 2014.
Earlier today we were informed that the bout will take place on July 24th in either Las Vegas, Los Angeles or in Texas on one of the many PBC shows. Obviously the venue isn't yet set, though it seems very clear that both men now have a target date to prepare for.
Although neither man is a big name in the US the bout is expected to be televised stateside and will hold a place in history, as the first ever time an All-Japanese bout will take place on US soil.
Whilst we're still awaiting the full details we do know that fight will be officially announced shortly and should come with the announcement of a venue and other cards on the bout, along with the US broadcaster of the event. Sadly for Japanese fans it's not expected to be aired live in Japan though is almost certainly expected to be shown on tape delay.
For Kono this will be the second defense of the title he won last year, when he stopped Thai veteran Denkaosan Kaovichit, whilst Kameda will be hoping to become the first ever 4-weight world champion from Japan, adding to his legacy as one of the most significant, albeit controversial, figures in Japanese boxing.
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