For the last 18 months or saw there has been a dark cloud over the WBA Super Flyweight title. That belt, held by the "Toughboy" Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13) has been part of a power-struggle between the WBA and the JBC. The WBA ordered Kono to defend against Japanese bad-boy Koki Kameda (33-1, 18), a man who is unlicensed in his homeland due to issues regarding his gym. The power-struggle saw the WBA show some leniency in allowing Kono a voluntary defense, last December, though demanded that Kono and Kameda did fight, despite Kameda's Japanese ban.
Finally it seems that the bout is sorted and will take place on October 16th in Chicago as part of a PBC broadcast on Spike TV.
The bout, which was set earlier this year before Kono suffered a rib injury, will be the first ever time two Japanese fighters have fought a world title fight on American soil and will be one of the most fiercely contested bouts the division has seen in recent years. Not only do the two men have the proverbial "unfinished business" but they have also shown a dislike towards each other with comments made in the media. Those comments are likely to have riled both men up and will likely show when the two men do step in the ring together.
For Kono this will be the second defense of the title he won last year, when he stopped Denkaosan Kaovichit, however for Kameda he's fighting for his place in history as Japan's first ever 4-weight world champion.
With the bout now set we can finally start to get excited after being frustrated for the last year or so!
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