Deontay Wilder has been out of the ring since Tyson Fury sealed their trio with a fierce knockout in October 2021. His long-term manager, Shelly Finkel, now wants to see him. He’s back in the big leagues.
Finkel, a veteran of the game who worked with Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao, is back in promotional mode to prepare for the return of ‘The Bronze Bomber’. Speaking to The Sun, he provided an update on his fighter and the future.
“He is getting more attention than ever. He’s in Vegas training and he’s very happy. He’s training at the UFC gym, we’re not sure exactly where the next fight will be but I’m hoping to have that fight together in the next week or so. I think next week we will probably have a deal and then an announcement. “
With Wilder seemingly poised to step over the ropes once again, many eyes will turn to the showdown with fellow heavyweight, Anthony Joshua. A fight between the pair has been a major focus in the team for years now.
In the time since, both men have lost their world titles. Wilder’s WBC title is now firmly in the hands of Tyson Fury, and the WBA Super, WBO and IBF belts that were once Joshua’s are still worn on Oleksandr Usyk, at least until they rematch. Does the lack of a belt on the rope reduce the appeal of the match? Not according to Finkel.
“I believe that fight was huge even if he lost to Usyk. I don’t know anyone else’s amount or money, it’s none of my business but I heard the Saudis spent a lot of money for Joshua to fight Usyk there. So there are a lot of touching pieces but what I do know is that there are four big names at this point and that’s Fury, Usyk, Joshua and Deontay. “
Robert Helenius is a potential rival for Wilder’s next fight. While Joshua will take his chance for revenge on August 20 in a highly anticipated rematch with Usyk to be fought in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.