Sulaiman: I’m Sure Wilder Will Be Back

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says former long-reigning heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is currently weighing up his options for a potential ring return.

Wilder has been out of action since his October 2021 firefight with Tyson Fury in their Las Vegas trilogy bout. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ knocked his British counterpart down twice before being stopped in the 11th round of their classic heavyweight clash.

Fury stopped Dillian Whyte in six rounds to retain his WBC heavyweight title at the weekend, and has since indicated that he would retire from boxing.

Should Fury vacate his WBC belt, Number one ranked contender Deontay Wilder would be in line to contest the vacant title. 

Joe Joyce currently sits at number two, but appears to be on course to face Joseph Parker in the summer.

“He’s taking it easy, he’s weighing up his plans for the future, he had a very busy reign as a champion, two knockout losses to Fury, difficult but he’s matured and he’s doing very well,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

“He’s having a good time with his wife, he’s enjoying life but I’m sure he’ll be back. He’s one of those fighters that you rarely see in the ring that has the ability to knock somebody out with one punch and he has had many exciting fights. He’s a great fighter and great person.”