Yesterday we saw former world champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-3 12) [五十嵐 俊幸] battle to a technical draw against Miguel Cartagena (15-3-1, 6) at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout, which was halted in the third round following multiple headclashes, was a real disappointment given the fact the bout started in exciting fashion. Sadly it seems that the early finish may have been a serious blessing in disguise for Igarashi.
Following the bout we saw several sources in Japan report that Igarashi had suffered an Orbital Floor Fracture, commonly known as a Blowout, a result of the headclashes.
Although we've yet to have confirmation about the injury it would likely force Igarashi to take a prolonged break from the ring to heal, and potentilly cost him a rumoured world title fight later in the year.
Sadly for Igarashi the injury followed a long shoulder problem and given that he is now 33, it does seem like time on his career is running short and he may only have one or two fights left in the tank, if he even chooses to continue.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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