The heavy handed "KO Dynamite" had stated that he was to require surgery a little while back following his very impressive victory over Jomthong Chuwatana. Whilst Uchiyama looked better than ever in the bout he did struggle to raise his left arm to defend himself and seemed to know just days after the fight that he was going to require surgery.
Despite the surgery Uchiyama doesn't seem set to be sidelined for too long and is planning to get back in to training next week. The schedule doesn't seem to be set in stone but he'll be starting his road work next week with the hope of getting back in to the gym shortly.
Whilst his next bout may not be as soon as he had hoped Uchiyama may well find himself fighting better than ever with two strong arms now. In the past he has had issues with his right hand and now his left elbow. Despite those issues the 35 year old has dominated the Super Featherweight division for the better part of the last 5 years and really hasn't come close to losing a bout, despite being tested a number of times. We're hoping to see a fully fit Uchiyama in action later this year, and hopefully that'll come against WBC champion Takashi Miura.
Takashi Uchiyama to undergo surgery later this month
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