The hard hitting 2-weight world champion injured his hand at the end of last year when he destroyed Argentinian veteran Omar Andres Narvaez in 2 rounds. That win saw Inoue becoming the quickest ever 2-weight world champion though unfortunately the hand injury was a slow one to heal and did force him to cancel a world title defence that was being arranged for May.
It was feared that the injury would require surgery and keep Inoue out of the ring for a prolonged time. Thankfully an inspection over the past few days has revealed the hand is healing on it's own and that surgery won't be needed allowing him to return as soon as August.
Whilst the hand still isn't 100% Inoue has continued to train and has been sparring 1-handed for the last few weeks, using just his left hand. From what we've been told the youngster has been looking sensational even with his power hand being rendered off limits in the gym.
At the moment there has been no opponent named for the comeback though there is a rumour that he will be trying to fight the winner of the upcoming bout between Warlito Parrenas (23-6, 20) and Jamie Conlan (13-0, 8) on April 25th.
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(Image courtesy of Hideyuki Ohashi's blog)