WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has been given the all-clear by doctors following tests this week on an injured hand.
It had been feared that the 29 year-old may have suffered a break in the fifth round of his unanimous decision win over Bermane Stiverne last Saturday night, although Wilder has been informed that there is no need to go under the knife.
“We had some great news on Deontay’s hand as we have been told there is no need for surgery,” manager and trainer Jay Deas informed World Boxing News on Wednesday night.
Deas can now begin planning a first defense of the green belt for Wilder, who moved alongside Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev as the current rulers of the division last weekend. A clash against undefeated Briton Tyson Fury will now be on the agenda for Wilder as all parties involved has expressed an interest.
Wilder announced post-Stiverne fight that his wish would be to face Fury in what looks on paper to be one of the more entertaining clashes at the weight and Deas has agreed with trainer Peter Fury who recent told WBN that he wants any fight to take place in the UK.
“Personally I’d love the fight to be in the UK,” Deas confirmed to WBN. “We have friends over there who came to the Stiverne fight and these are mates of Richard Towers who is also a friend of ours. They took great care of us before the Harrison fight and they are like brothers to us, so we would be fine with coming over.
Deas continued: “It’s just my personal preference that we fight Tyson Fury over there since I love the UK. Also, Deontay has consistently beaten guys in their home areas, including Stiverne in Las Vegas, (Audley) Harrison in England, (Daniel) Cota in Mexico, (David) Long in Cincinnati and so on. This is nothing new to us.
“The UK fans are among the best in the world and we would look forward to going over there,” he added.
Fury, 26, fights Christian Hammer on February 28 in London as the current European title holder defends his fringe WBO belt and number one ranking – which gives Wilder the chance to squeeze in home defense in the meantime.
That would also give Al Haymon and Frank Warren more time to negotiate terms and build-up a huge contest in the top division which could take place at a football stadium in the summer and be a full-blown eliminator for a unification with Wladimir Klitschko.
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