• Kyodo News


A night after successfully making his third title defense with a stoppage of Takashi Miura, WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama said Tuesday his first order of business is healing the dislocated fingers on his right hand.

Uchiyama, who hurt his index and middle finger during the bout on Monday at Ariake Colosseum, appeared with his right hand bandaged in a news conference, along with newly crowned WBA super bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda.

“I really was thinking of going to hot springs after the fight, but I have to hurry up and heal my injury,” said Uchiyama, who worked a stinging left jab to Miura’s right eye, resulting in the fight being called after the eighth round.

Uchiyama’s right hand was initially thought to have been broken during the match, but he was later diagnosed at a hospital with dislocations at the base of his fingers.

It is unknown how long the injury will take to heal but Uchiyama will have to at least lay off the punching bag for one month.

Shimoda, who won a unanimous decision against Retsuri Lee to capture the crown in his first attempt at a world title in the other featured bout of the doubleheader, donned sunglasses to hide the swelling on his face.

“I’m interested in winning titles in multiweight divisions. I want to become stronger, so I need to resume training with roadwork as soon as possible,” Shimoda said.

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