Heavyweight contender Alen Babic underwent surgery after snapping a shoulder ligament in his November stoppage win over Tom Little.

Babic (6-0, 6 KOs), 30-years-old, is hoping to be physically ready to return to the ring by a date in May.

Even with the coronavirus pandemic, Babic was able to see action three times in 2020 - and hopes be just as busy in the new year.

"I felt the injury in the first round of my last fight," Babic told Sky Sports. "My right shoulder, it kind of snapped, but then I just went on and after the fight, it was terrible pain. I went through the pain, I thought it was nothing, and then after two months, I finally got to check it out and the MRI showed that my upper bicep is torn.

"He needed to reattach the ligament to my bicep. He had to put in some screws, some plates to hold them in place, but he was very happy with the surgery. It was much smaller, the surgery, than he thought it would be. The first thing he told me was seven, eight months, and now he told me three months I'm back as new. I'm happy. I'm happy in a hospital, which means a lot, it means everything.

"I hope I will return in May and I hope some crowd will be allowed back in, so I have a proper comeback. That will be a dream for 'The Savage' to perform in front of my 'Savage Army.'

Babic would like to take a step in class by facing former WBA champion Lucas Browne.

He believes such a contest would be instant fireworks with a back and forth battle.

Even if he doesn't get a crack at Browne, he wants to collide with the best possible opponent out there. 

"I would like actually to have a big fight, because I'm going to be ready 200 percent," Babic said.

"I'm going to go all in again. I would like Lucas Browne, he's a name I would like to fight. I think we would go to war, because I've been tested. They test me every fight, I was tested six times, so now I want someone who will really hit me back. Three fights would be okay this year, but I would like four."