Deontay Wilder is likely to return to the ring next spring, according to co-manager Shelly Finkel, as the heavyweight recovers from his knockout loss to Tyson Fury.
Wilder and Fury fought for a controversial draw in December 2018, before the Briton stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch 14 months later.
Their rivalry ended in Las Vegas last weekend, when Fury knocked out the American in the 11th round to retain the WBC title he took from Wilder in their second fight.
While some in the sport have speculated that Wilder, 35, could retire following those back-to-back losses – the first losses in his professional career – the former champion appears keen to return to the ring.
Wilder’s coach Malik Scott first confirmed his fighter had no plans to retire, and heavyweight co-manager Finkel has now provided a potential timeline for a return.
“Deontay broke his right hand behind the third joint and he has to have it fixed next week, he has to have surgery,” Finkel said. The sun.
“The joint is fine, the bone behind the joint broke. He hurts, but he was fine. He was home yesterday.
“He is recovering and at this point, if all is well after the hand surgery, he will probably be looking to enter the ring in the middle of next year, like April or May.”
Wilder was in any case sentenced to a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, meaning April would be the earliest the American could fight – in Las Vegas, at least.
When asked about Wilder’s potential opponents, Finkel did not rule out Anthony Joshua, despite the Briton activating a rematch clause following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk last month.
Joshua was outnumbered by the undefeated Ukrainian in north London, losing his heavyweight belts in the process.
“It’s early and we have to go through Usyk [vs] Joshua and see a few other possibilities, ”said Finkel.
“[Joshua vs Wilder] is a massive fight 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.”