Trainer Updates on Deontay Wilder’s Surgery, Return Timeline Revealed

Published 10/23/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Deontay Wilder is given the count REUTERS/Steve Marcus


Deontay Wilder suffered a lopsided defeat to Tyson Fury on October 9. In the collision, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ also suffered a brutal right-hand injury that required surgery. He contracted this injury somewhere in the early rounds itself. Despite that, Wilder kept fighting and aggravated the same.

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Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, texted Zenger News about his fighter’s surgery. He said, “I believe he broke his hand in the fourth round when he knocked Fury down twice.”

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“Hey, surgery went well. Deontay is in recovery as we speak,” Scott added.

Later, Wilder‘s co-manager, Shelly Finkel, spoke to Zenger about the injury and return timeline.

He said, “Deontay is not sure exactly if it was a punch to the head or an uppercut, but he broke his right hand at the metacarpal bone behind the third knuckle.”

“The doctor called me afterward and told me that the surgery went well. Deontay will be out for about three months, and then we’ll look at returning in the spring of next year.”

Initially, Wilder used his jabs against Fury. Later, he employed his signature right hand to try to get the job done. The ex-champ was successful in dropping Fury twice to the canvas. However, ‘The Gypsy King’ had the last laugh as he came on top with a fiery KO win in round 11.

Is Deontay Wilder capable of finding some success in the heavyweight roster from hereon?

Wilder showed his best version inside the ring in the Tyson Fury trilogy. Although his additional skill sets didn’t lead him to a win, he definitely showed some improvements. Hence, he can definitely build on his new skills and trouble a few more opponents when he returns.

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Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus

There’s no news regarding his opponent. However, ‘The Bronze Bomber’s next few fights will undoubtedly allure many boxing lovers.

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On top of that, if he stays active and keeps adding some wins, he could become a mandatory challenger and fight ‘The Gypsy King’ again.

It will be interesting to see how things progress for the Alabama native.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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