Earlier today we were informed that Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13) hasn't yet had the situation regarding his mandatory title fight against Koki Kameda (33-1, 18) cleared up, and that his next bout is hanging on other people to sort out the situation that plagued his 2014.
For those who aren't aware Kameda is the mandatory for Kono and the WBA Super Flyweight title, and has been for most of the last 12 months. Unfortunately Kameda had his Japanese license removed last year after issues regarding the Kameda gym and the way they have, allegedly, misled the JBC. This resulted in an impasse between the WBA, Kameda and the JBC which essentially saw Kono forced to sit on the sidelines until the WBA finally agreed to allow both men to fight an interim fight. For Koki that bout saw him defeating Omar Salado in the US, making his US debut at the time. For Kono his bout saw him defending the title, with a draw, against Noberto Jimenez.
Now we again sit an impasse. Hitoshi Watanabe, the head of Watanabe gym, has admitted he doesn't know how the situation will develop and it could be that we again see Kono sitting on the sideline waiting for the WBA or the JBC to give way.
We won't pretend to know what the outcome will be between the JBC and the WBA though we really hope that it won't be another 9 months before Kono is back in action as we do enjoy watching the "Tough Boy" and it would be a horrible shame for him to have the next year destroyed by politics that are out of his hands.
(Image courtesy of http://www.watanabegym.com)
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