Shelly Finkel, co-manager of former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, expects his fighter to pursue the biggest fight opportunities possible in 2022.
Last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Wilder was knocked out in the eleventh round of his trilogy fight with WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
Wilder is expected to fight again by the midway point of next year.
Although they both lost their most recent fights, Finkel still views Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua as one of the biggest fights to be made in the sport.
“My gut says [Wilder will go after] the big fights. It’s not on the drawing board now, but he would love to get Fury back again.," Finkel told The Sun.
“But again, it’s early and we have to get through Usyk and Joshua and see a couple of other possibilities. It’s a massive fight [Wilder vs Joshua], no matter what happens in the Joshua-Usyk fight.
“And I’m not sure that Usyk, even with his great skills, will be able to deal with the size of Fury.”
Joshua is going to have a rematch with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Oleksandr Uysk in the early months of the coming year.
Finkel recently revealed that Wilder has to undergo surgery for a right hand injury that was suffered in the loss to Fury.
“Deontay broke his right hand behind the third knuckle and he has to have that fixed next week. He has to have surgery, the knuckle is OK, it’s the bone behind the knuckle that broke. He’s sore but he was OK, he was home yesterday," Finkel said.
“He’s healing and at this point, if everything is OK. After the hand surgery he’ll probably look to enter the ring mid next year, like April or May.”