The surgery, which was to remove a build up of cartilage from his elbow, seems to have been a complete success with the fighter said to be feeling no pain or issues following it.
At the moment Uchiyama's next bout is undecided though the Watanabe gym were dropping big names earlier today including WBC champion Takashi Miura, in what would be a long awaited rematch, former Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa or WBA regular champion Javier Fortuna. Whilst we'd love to see any of those bouts it may well be that we have to wait until New Year's Eve to see any of them.
Notable it's thought that Uchiyama, following the surgery, could be a better fighter than he's ever been and may well have 2 years left at the top. That should be enough time for Uchiyama to set the Japanese record for the most defenses of a world title, currently held by Yoko Gushiken at 13 successful defenses.
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