Deontay Wilder Fractured Right hand, Will Need Surgery
Deontay Wilder will need surgery on his right hand after suffering a fracture against Tyson Fury in a trilogy fight this past week.
After getting knocked down in the third round, Wilder showed great heart and came up with a right hand of his own, knocking down Fury in the fourth. But as the mental toughness of Fury was on cards, it always meant to be a long night for the Bronze Bomber.
After the fight, Wilder was held overnight at University Medical Center for precautionary measures.
Wilder made his first appearance in the ring after almost two years against the Gypsy King in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last weekend. The former WBC Heavyweight Champion was stopped by Fury in the 11th round when the Englishman landed a sweet right hand on the temple of the Bronze Bomber.
It was indeed the end of the night for the Alabama native, but he fought valiantly to that point and took the fight to Fury.
This is the second consecutive loss suffered by Wilder in the hands of the Gypsy King, with both coming at the expense of some gruesome injury scare.
In his first loss to Fury in February 2020, the Alabama native left the ring with a torn left bicep that also needed surgery. And the current scenario isn’t very different as he will be undergoing the blade one more time later this week.
“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.
“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.”
Malik Scott, who replaced Mark Breland, and joined Wilder’s team as a head trainer earlier this year. He stated that his fighter has no intention of retiring yet.
“Deontay has set his family financially secure, so he doesn’t have to fight to make a living. But retiring is not in his plans at all and not something we’ve discussed,” he said.
“He will be back in any form he wants to be. He’s a big-time fighter and he doesn’t belong down
there with the other guys. He needs to be in high-level fights and main events.”