Deontay Wilder return date confirmed for April 23 amid Tyson Fury trilogy talks

Deontay Wilder has been cleared to return to boxing for April 23 after his devastating WBC world heavyweight title defeat by Tyson Fury.

The Bronze Bomber was handed a six-week medical ban from boxing in the wake of his bout with the Gypsy King.

Wilder failed to cope with an array of heavy hits in Las Vegas as his corner eventually threw in the towel in round seven, sealing Fury an historic TKO victory.

The 34-year-old was bleeding from his ear in the ring as a result of the blows he suffered as was checked over by medics.

While initial reports off the back of the fight suggested Wilder was taken to hospital shortly after losing on Saturday night, that was not the case.

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Wilder, having endured his first ever professional boxing defeat, has now been given the green light to return as soon as April.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed in their post-fight medical report that the Bronze Bomber can start sparring again from April 8.

Meanwhile, Wilder is just suspended from fighting in Las Vegas until April 23, and the heavyweight icon is now determined to go head-to-head with Fury for a third time.

The Brit won their rematch following the controversial draw in 2018.

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And a clause was included in the contract for the second fight which opened up the opportunity to make their rivalry in the ring a trilogy.

The third bout between the two would have to take place before August, and the medical results certainly help Wilder’s cause.

He told The Athletic yesterday, Wilder said: "The rematch is definitely going to happen. We're going to get it on. I want to get right back to it."

It is likely that he will collide with Fury for a third time in July before a potential winter mega undisputed heavyweight title fight for the winner with Anthony Joshua.

Reports suggest that Saudi Arabia are keen to stage the next instalment of Wilder vs Fury in a match worth a record £400m.

Wilder avoided sustaining a broken jaw or a broken ear drum at the weekend, instead suffering a 2cm cut in his ear that took seven stitches to close.

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There looks set to be some collateral damage, though, as Wilder is considering sacking assistant trainer Mark Breland after he defied his wishes and threw in the towel against Fury.

“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder told said. “It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing.

"We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving.

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“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”

Discussing the prospect of a third fight, Fury said: "I expect he [Wilder] will want a rematch and I will have that. Great fights should have trilogies.

"And I want it here, just across the road, at the Raiders Stadium outdoors in front of 70,000."

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