Wilder due for lengthy layoff. Manager wants Joshua next.
Intuboxing.com has learned that former WBC World Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder has been suspended from competition for six months.
Wilder was taken to University Medical Center, Las Vegas and held overnight as a precaution following his punishing encounter with Tyson Fury. Wilder’s bid to regain his WBC championship failed in the 11th round. He was able to drop Fury twice in the fourth. He himself visited the canvas three times as Fury ended their trilogy in emphatic fashion.
He absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment throughout the fight, but was able to pass the tests required to be released the following day. His release from hospital is to be shortlived however, after tests showed that Wilder had broken his hand once more.
“He has to have surgery; the knuckle is OK. It’s the bone behind the knuckle that broke. He’s sore but he was OK; he was home yesterday,” Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel told The Sun.
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“He’s healing and, at this point, if everything is OK, after the hand surgery, he’ll probably look to enter the ring mid-next year, like April or May.”
This will not be the first time Wilder has had to go under the knife for a hand injury. Wilder required two surgeries following his eighth-round knockout victory over Chris Arreola back in 2016. The fight also Wilder suffer a torn bicep which saw him inactive for six months.
It is worth noting that the suspension, of which Tyson Fury also received a 45-day suspension which is standard following a fight. Is only valid for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Should Wilder prove that his hand has healed sufficiently, his suspension could be revoked.
Rather interestingly, the name that seems to be coming from the lips of Team Wilder, though Wilder has not said this directly himself … is Anthony Joshua.
Finkel said: 'It's a massive fight (Joshua v Wilder), no matter what happens in the Joshua -Usyk fight.'