Deontay Wilder underwent another arm surgery, this time to repair his left biceps, following his loss to Tyson Fury on February 22.
Wilder revealed the procedure during the newest episode of “The PBC Podcast,” which debuted Wednesday on premierboxingchampions.com. The former WBC heavyweight champion didn’t specify when he had the surgery, but he noted he’ll be able to work out and spar by “the middle to end of May.”
The surgery shouldn’t prohibit Wilder from facing Fury a third time later this year. They were supposed to meet again July 18, but Fury-Wilder III has been postponed at least until October 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wilder’s surgery probably would’ve caused a postponement even if the coronavirus crisis hadn’t temporarily shut down the boxing business.
“Recovery’s going well,” Wilder told co-hosts Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal. “I’m in [physical] therapy. I end up injuring it during my last fight, somewhere up in there. But everything’s going great with it. You know, that’s another thing, I’m just focusing on recovery, getting myself back to full health and getting ready to [come back]. Hopefully this corona stuff will be out the way and we can get back to camp, and get ready to go again sometime at the end of the year.”
The 34-year-old Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) is at least a month away from resuming some sort of training.
“I can’t work out right now,” Wilder said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to. You know, once I get healed with my arm, I’m looking forward to just working out, being able to do the things that I love to do.”
Wilder previously has had numerous surgeries on his right arm and hand, including a procedure in 2016 to repair a torn right biceps. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native suffered that injury during his technical-knockout victory over Chris Arreola in July 2016.
Wilder underwent another surgery on his fractured right arm before he began training camp for his first fight with Fury, a controversial split draw in December 2018.
An aggressive, physical Fury overwhelmed Wilder during their rematch seven weeks ago at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) knocked down the hard-hitting ex-champion in the third and fifth rounds. Mark Breland, Wilder’s assistant trainer, threw in the towel during a one-sided seventh round, when Wilder was backed into a neutral corner, taking unanswered punches.
Wilder can’t wait for his opportunity to redeem himself, but he is following his doctor’s instructions while his left arm heals.
“Right now, I’ve just been sitting back and getting [taken] care of,” Wilder said, “which that’s not a bad position, either, now, you know? Getting taken care of, all my meals have been prepared special for me and brought to me. Just a lot of catering right now, you know, between my fiancée and all the kids that I got around me. You know, it’s been beautiful, man. Like I said, it’s nothing I can complain about at this moment in time. I know we’re all, in the world, going through something together.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.