Deontay Wilder facing surgery and six-month ring absence, targeting Anthony Joshua return bout

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Deontay Wilder will have to undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand, but is targeting a ring return against Anthony Joshua in 2022.

That’s what the American’s co-manager has told The Sun. Shelly Finkel has revealed that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will not be allowing Wilder to fight again until April 8th as a result of the damage done in his defeat to Fury.

Wilder broke his finger, the bone behind his knuckle on his right hand, as well as suffering rather nasty facial injuries. He will now be forced to spend six months out of the ring before he will be allowed to return.

Deontay Wilder was battered by Tyson Fury in their thrilling trilogy bout

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Finkel also reveals that Wilder is targeting a return against Anthony Joshua in 2022. That fight is unlikely to be made if the Briton is able to defeat Oleksandr Usyk in the rematch, but there’s not much hope of that on the evidence of their initial bout.

Wilder vs Joshua would be an intriguing fight, one which would see us discover who is the best of the rest, with Fury having firmly established himself as the best heavyweight on the planet ahead of a potential 2022 unification bout with Usyk.

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