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WBA orders Kohei Kono vs. Luis Concepcion unification bout

As always, the two sides have thirty days to reach an agreement before being sent to a purse bid.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Unification is apparently the word of the day on the WBA's calendars, as the sanctioning body is looking to put together yet another such bout in the super flyweight division. This time around, it's regular champion Kohei Kono and interim champion Luis Concepcion who must face one another in the coming months.

Kono (32-8-1, 13 KO) knocked out Denkaosan Kaovichit two years ago for his belt, which he's defended with a draw against Norberto Jimenez, rough-and-tumble decision over Koki Kameda, and thorough routing of Inthanon Sithchamuang. Despite eight losses, one of them to a 2-0 opponent in 2011, he's never been stopped in over fifteen years as a pro,

Concepcion (34-4, 24 KO), known for his entertaining style and unfortunate predilection for frosted tips, finally managed to defeat a shot Tyson Marquez his last time out in the pair's third encounter; their 2011 fight was one of the best of the year and is well worth a watch. As far as other recent efforts, he lost to Carlos Cuadras last year in a WBC title shot, then drubbed David Sanchez for the interim WBA belt he currently holds.

Solid, competitive fight between two of the division's best. Here's hoping they put it together.

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