DEONTAY WILDER has ruled out retirement talk and will return to the ring next May.
The American heavyweight suffered a brutal beating at the hands of Tyson Fury over the weekend.
He was KOD in the eleventh round after being dropped three times by the Gypsy King.
It came after an epic trilogy encounter at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, in front of a wild sold out crowd.
There were fears that Wilder would retire from boxing after a wild fight, where he suffered multiple injuries.
The 35-year-old broke his hand in the encounter and will have surgery to fix the problem next week.
But Shelley Finkel, manager of the 42-2-1 brawler, has confirmed he will return in late April or May.
He is banned from an accelerated ring return after being told that he cannot compete for six months by medics.
Finkel exclusively told SunSport: “He is sad but he was fine, he was at home yesterday.
Wilder respects Fury
“He’s recovering and at this point, if all is well, he’ll probably want to enter the ring next year, like April or May, after the arm surgery.”
He also confirmed that Wilder respected Fury but that his “mind wasn’t really there” after eleven brutal rounds.
He added: “He and I have talked about it and he (Fury) respects it.
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“I think his mind wasn’t really, I think if Deontay saw Fury now he would give him a big hug.”
Wilder initially drew with Fury, 33, in 2018 and then lost the WBC title in a rematch last year.
But he refused to accept defeat, blaming everything except the Gypsy King’s boxing masterclass.