This past Sunday Japanese fans saw WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] and IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12) [八重樫 東] both retain their world titles.
Today both of those champions attended a press conference and showed off some of their battle scars.
For a swollen and bruised looking Yaegashi the focus was on his left shoulder, which was apparently injured several weeks ago. Although it wasn't made public before the fight Yaegashi had apparently damaged the shoulder 3 weeks ago and hadn't been able to practice with it. It also limited his punch variation yesterday in his bout against Martin Tecuapetla.
For Inoue, who showed some facial bruising, the major focus was on his very horribly swollen right hand. The hand was a major worry for fans of the "Monster" but it seems like the worry was a bit over-cautious with the doctors seemingly suggesting that it wasn't as badly damaged as we had all thought. In fact Inoue himself seemed to suggest that he could be back in the gym in around a month's time.
If Inoue is back in the ring as soon as he's hoping to be then the focus will be on a rematch with Omar Andres Narvaez, with that bout expected to take place in Autumn in the US, with Inoue making his long awaited American debut.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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