The team of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder anticipates that the “Bronze Bomber” will return no later than January 2017. After his July bout with Chris Arreola, Wilder was taken to UAB Hospital for an MRI that confirmed a broken hand and torn bicep injuries, both of which required surgery.
Deontay Wilder: “I’ve always known that my body is a fast healing body because I am an elite athlete and the doctor confirmed that. We’re going to pick up where we left off. I’m looking forward to unifying the division. That’s my main goal. I don’t want to stop. I don’t need a tune-up. I don’t need a warm-up. I don’t need none of that. Once everything is healed with the arm, I’m going to get back to right where I left off.”
Dr. Jimmy Robinson: “The surgeries were completed by well-renowned surgeons and were an absolute success. I anticipate that Wilder will be back fighting by the end of this year or January of next year. As he is healing, part of his rehab will be to restore range motion to the elbow and get his strength back, which will expedite his recovery. The repair to his right hand should make it as solid and as strong as it can be, so that no further injuries are sustained. In fact, with his rehab, I anticipate the power in his right hand only to increase.”
Promoter Lou DiBella: “We’re thrilled that both surgeries were so successful and that Deontay is on the road back. He’s a dedicated champion and will work diligently to return better than ever. It’s great for Deontay, boxing and the heavyweight division that he will be able to defend his title when the calendar turns to 2017.”
Trainer Jay Deas: “Deontay and I will be working out as he heals so that he will be prepared the moment he is fully healed. He will be in the gym working on conditioning, his footwork, and we’ll be working his left hand overtime so that when the right hand is cleared, we will be ready to take a fight. I think Deontay will be ready to fight by the last part of this year or by January the latest.”