The fans had been expecting Inoue to record a 5th straight stoppage in world title bouts, and although he did hurt Carmona numerous times, particularly in round 12 when Carmona was dropped and almost finished off in the dying seconds, he was unable to finish the Mexican off.
Whilst he did apologise for the less than brilliant contest he did manage to to see some positives and is now going to be looking at fighting outside of Japan.
It should be noted that Inoue did confirm that his right hand was damaged, and his left was at times feeling some pain in the later stages. Sadly though it's unclear just how much damage has been inflicted on the right hand, which had been damaged in previous wins over Yuki Sano and Omar Andres Narvaez. What is clear though is that with both hands suffering injuries Inoue could be out of the ring for a prolonged period, again.
Whilst the performance wasn't the best from Inoue his manager, Hideyuki Ohashi, looked at the positives and saw that the bout was a good experience builder for Inoue who has proven his ability to fight one handed and to go 12 rounds. Mr Ohashi also seemed to suggest that the next bout will be against Omar Andres Narvaez, with that bout possibly taking place in the US.