Deontay Wilder is already planning his return to the ring just days after being knocked out by Tyson Fury in their trilogy fight.
Wilder was stopped by Fury in the 11th round of their third (and possibly last) fight last weekend, with referee Russell Mora saluting the fight before Wilder even reached the bridge.
He was rushed to hospital after the loss and was released late Saturday night, but will still need surgery for a broken middle finger.
Wilder’s injury means he was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He will not be allowed to fight before April 8, except with medical authorization from a doctor.
But his trainer Malik Scott has revealed that Wilder is already planning his return despite the enormity of his loss.
When asked if Wilder would fight again, he wrote: “Hell yeah… he’s already talking about the comeback… the dude is a real warrior.”
Wilder co-manager Shelly Finkel has revealed that “The Bronze Bomber” will return when her suspension is lifted in April or May.
He told The Sun: “Deontay broke his right hand behind the third joint and he is due to have it fixed next week.
“He needs to have the operation, the joint is fine, the bone behind the joint broke. He’s in pain but he was fine, he was home yesterday.
“He is recovering and at this point, if all goes well, after the hand surgery, he will probably be looking to enter the ring in the middle of next year, like April or May.”
The only two losses in Wilder’s professional career have come to Fury, with the pair battling for a controversial draw in their first bout.
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Wilder – who won 41 of his 42 professional fights by knockout – has been linked with a fight with compatriot Anthony Joshua for years.
And Finkel admits that while Wilder “would love” to fight Fury for the fourth time, a potential fight with “AJ” would be “massive.”
“My gut tells me that big fights. It’s not on the drawing board now, but he would love to get Fury back. But again, it’s early and we have to get through it. [Oleksandr] Usyk and Joshua and see a few other possibilities, ”continued Finkel.
“It’s a mass fight [Wilder vs Joshua], no matter what happens in the Joshua-Usyk fight. And I’m not sure Usyk, even with his great skills, will be able to cope with Fury’s size. “
Joshua lost his heavyweight titles to Usyk last month and will have the chance to win them back next spring when the two fight again.