The Nevada State Athletic Commission have banned Deontay Wilder from fighting until at least April 8 to protect the safety of the Bronze Bomber. The former WBC heavyweight world champion was on the receiving end of a brutal beatdown at the MGM Grand on Saturday night in a rollercoaster, modern-day classic against Tyson Fury as the Gypsy King inflicted some heavy punishment on his bitter rival before stopping him in the 11th Round of an all-out war.
Wilder was down himself in Round 3 but he battled back to drop Fury twice in the fourth before the bell saved the Brit, who would later regain his composure before battling on to victory.
The Gypsy King had Wilder down again in Round 10 before he closed the show with a savage right-hook that left the Bronze Bomber in a heap on the canvas just one round later.
There were immediate concerns for the health of Wilder after the contest as blood seeped from his nose, ear and mouth in the corner on his stool.
The doctor had taken a look before the ninth but decided Wilder was fit to continue but a violent, cold-blooded ending to the fight awaited him.
He said: “Deontay broke his right hand behind the third knuckle and he has to have that fixed next week.
“He has to have surgery, the knuckle is okay, it’s the bone behind the knuckle that broke.
“He’s healing and at this point, if everything is okay, after the hand surgery he’ll probably look to enter the ring mid next year, like April or May.”
Fury has also been handed a 45-day suspension with the Gypsy King now back in Morecambe to spend some time with his family.
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Finkel also added that he would love to make Wilder versus Anthony Joshua, regardless of the result in AJ’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
He told The Sun: “My gut says the big fights. It’s not on the drawing board now, but he would love to get Fury back again.
“But again, it’s early and we have to get through Usyk and Joshua and see a couple of other possibilities.
“It’s a massive fight [Wilder vs Joshua], no matter what happens in the Joshua – Usyk fight.
“And I’m not sure that Usyk, even with his great skills, will be able to deal with the size of Fury.”