by Juan Francisco Arias
WBC flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (44-0, 38KOs) is very motivated to win a fourth divisional title and he's received an open invitation to challenge 115-pound champion of the World Boxing Association, Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13KOs) of Japan.
The WBA honored Gonzalez when he received his recent award for the "Athlete of The Year" in Nicaragua.
Gonzalez's return is unknown. He initially expected to return to the ring in March, but he could also land on the undercard to Gennady Golovkin's next event, which takes place on April 23rd.
The first two divisional belts to be captured by Gonzalez were under the WBA, at 105 and 108-pounds. When he went up to 112, he stopped Akira Yaegashi to win the WBC belt back in September of 2014. He's now made four defenses of that belt with a TKO of former champion Brian Viloria last October.
"I want my fourth title and I want it to be with the WBA. I want to fight Kohei Kono at 115 pounds," Gonzalez said.
World Boxing Association President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said the door is wide open for Gonzalez to pursue his dream of a fourth belt.
"The WBA is your home, you are a WBA champion and This organization have always been open for you. and you've earned that respect with your diligence and discipline," Mendoza said.
Kono has been out of the ring since beating his mandatory challenger Koki Kameda last year in Chicago. The fight made boxing history, because it was the first time where two Japanese fights competed for a world title on American soil. Kameda retired after the bout. Kono is looking for a big match and his name has been mentioned by several notable fighters, but nothing has come about.