The heavy handed "KO Dynamite" has apparently been training his left hand in the past due to a recurring injury to his right hand. It seems that that has been the cause of this issue to his left elbow with the cartilage wearing away.
Whilst the surgery it's self won't he difficult it is likely that the recovery could keep Uchiyama out of the ring for a prolonged time. This could result in Uchiyama not fighting again until the end of the year, scuppering his hopes of fighting 3 times in 2015. Funnily however it could well help open up the schedule for the much anticipated rematch between Uchiyama and WBC champion Takashi Miura, a bout that seemed to be put on the back burner with both men talking about fighting big name international opponents.
Whilst Uchiyama is planning to return to the gym next week it does seem that his scheduled could be a bit stop-start for the near future. Hopefully though the recovery will go well and we will be fit to return on December 31st.
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(For those who haven't seen it we've included the Jomthong Vs Uchiyama bout from last week, in full, below)