The Japanese youngster has been out of the ring all year with a hand injury though a photo released by promoter Hideyuki Ohashi suggests that the youngster hasn't used the injury to stay out of the gym and instead it appears the youngster has been working hard in the gym.
On Monday Inoue was sparring with with Yuta Saito and now plans to spar with Masayuki Kuroda on Wednesday. Given the shape of the youngster it's fair to say that neither or his sparring partners will have an easy time with the youngster who really is looking like the "Monster" he's advertised as.
As the moment there is still no word from Japan regarding who Inoue will fight on his ring return, though we do know it will be a mandatory defense against either David Carmona (19-2-5, 8) or Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21), who fought to a draw earlier this year.
Naoya Inoue's return now penciled in for late December
Naoya Inoue begins sparring ahead of December ring return
(Image courtesy of Mr Ohashi's blog)