Igarashi, who last fought in September, suffered a damaged labrum and required surgery as a result. Although it was only day surgery that he needed it still kept his career on ice. Although he did manage to return to road work quickly, he had been on a very light training schedule whilst his arm was given time to heal.
The arm, which is now recovering well, is still painful though seems likely to fully heal. Their is however some apprehension for the Japanese fighter who hasn't yet returned to hitting bags or sparring. It seems likely that he's going to be doing that in coming weeks though for now it's a case of taking things slowly and letting the arm continue to heal.
No date as been set for Igarashi's ring return though it's nice to know that it's likely to be later this year and hopefully he'll manage to be just as good as he was before the injury. Although few would describe him as an elite level fighter he is a genuine world class fighter and it's always a shame when we see world class fighters kept out of the ring for a prolonged time due to injuries such as this.
(Photo courtesy of Teiken)