Deontay Wilder Suspended For Six Weeks Following Tyson Fury Loss
Deontay Wilder has been suspended from boxing for the next six weeks because of the injuries he sustained in his loss to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
Wilder was battered and bruised early in the fight with his lip bleeding by the end of the first round and blood coming from his ear by the end of the third, after being knocked down by Fury.
After the fight the Bronze Bomber went to hospital, and missed the post fight press conference, over fears of a burst eardrum but he only needed stitches to a cut in his ear.
However the American has still been given a six week medical suspension by the Nevada State Commission, meaning he can't spar until April 8th or compete until April 23rd.
Wilder said in an interview on Monday night, the first time he'd spoken since his seventh round defeat, that he would be invoking the rematch clause in his contract and taking the trilogy fight.
The suspension will not affect that as he could go straight into a 12 week camp after his suspension is over and still be ready for a fight sometime in July.
Originally the date for the rematch was set at July 18th but Fury's promoter Bob Arum has said it could be pushed back to September.
Despite being dominated in the fight the former WBC champion is determined to win back the title and said on Monday, "The rematch is definitely going to happen. We're going to get it on. I want to get right back to it."
That statement is likely to put on hold any chance of Anthony Joshua facing Fury to unify all the titles in the heavyweight division in an all British super fight.
Eddie Hearn had claimed the fight would happen this year but AJ has a mandatory challenger for his IBF title in Kubrat Pulev and will likely face him in June.
Whoever has the WBC belt at the beginning of 2021 is also due to face the mandatory challenger for that title, which is Dillian Whyte and AJ will also need to face the WBA's contender in Oleksandr Usyk at some point.
Unfortunately it feels like we will never get to see the unification between Fury and Joshua.