Deontay Wilder eyes Anthony Joshua fight next May in bid to bounce back from Tyson Fury KO

Tyson Fury reacts to win over Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder is eyeing a blockbuster showdown with Anthony Joshua next year. Despite calls for his retirement after a second straight defeat to Tyson Fury, the Bronze Bomber is not ready to hang up his gloves and is keen on returning to action by May 2022.

The American’s co-manager Shelley Finkel commented on the matter and shockingly revealed Wilder would also like to fight Fury for a FOURTH time.

Finkel told SunSport: “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.”

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Wilder owns a vicious right hand but he was unable to use it to keep Fury down at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

In what was a thrilling back-and-forth trilogy fight, Fury recovered from being knocked down twice in the fourth round to secure a monumental win.

Both men were taken off their feet with Wilder down in the third and 10th rounds and Fury down twice in one round for the first time in his career.

But it was the British fighter who recovered best from the setbacks to send Wilder crashing to the mat once and for all in the penultimate round, retaining his WBC Heavyweight title in style.

Finkel revealed Wilder injured his hand during the brutal encounter and will undergo surgery to repair it next week.

He explained: “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 OK, it’s the bone behind the knuckle that broke. He’s sore but he was OK, he was home yesterday.”

“After the hand surgery he’ll probably look to enter the ring mid next year, like April or May.” 

The 35-year-old’s conqueror Fury, will likely face British heavyweight rival Dillian Whyte in his next bout after beating Wilder once again.

Had Joshua not lost to Oleksandr Usyk last month, Fury would now be given 30 days to negotiate an undisputed world title fight.

But instead, Joshua will have a rematch with Usyk next year, leaving the road clear for Whyte to finally have his shot at his fellow countryman and the WBC heavyweight title. But he needs to beat Otto Wallin first.

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