Uchiyama, preparing for his bout with Argentina's Israel Hector Enrique Perez (27-2-1, 16) on December 31st, did his practice at the Watanabe gym in Tokyo and spent much of the time hitting the mitts and shadow boxing.
As well as the practice Uchiyama spent a lot talking to the media and mentioned that he felt more powerful than ever, especially with his straight right hand. The hand had previously had surgery on it, in 2011, and it seems like it has bothered him in the past, including in his fight last year against Daiki Kaneko, where is was said to have been "about 50%", perhaps explaining the slightly underwhelming performance. The hand is now said to be at "from 80% to 90%".
Whilst it's fair to say the year has been a frustrating one for Uchiyama's fans it has also, obviously, been frustrating for the fighter himself. From what we gather he'll be out to make a statement on December 31st and hopefully will be much more active next year rather than have another year like this one. Of course among prospective bouts is a unification contest with fellow Japanese world champion Takashi Miura and that seems to be the bout that everyone, the fighters and fans, want to see. Before then however the focus is on Perez and recording the 9th defense of the Super Featherweight world title.
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