WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder will require a second procedure on his shattered right hand after having his first just last week. He'll also be having surgery to repair his torn right bicep - both injuries sustained in his title defense opposite Chris Arreola. Despite the severity injuries, Wilder is still expected to return again in 5-6 months as co-trainer Jay Deas tells RingTV.com. Wilder hopes to capitalize on doing both procedures at once to recover faster.
"The plan is to have surgery on his bicep, in which the muscle has to be reattached, and his hand at the same time to coordinate the recovery times," Deas said.
"It could serve us well because the hand will heal quicker than the bicep," he said. "Because he can't use it until the bicep is good it will allow him to get extra rest so I think we may get the healthiest hand that we've had in a long time."
Wilder, who previously had pins inserted into his hand from an earlier injury, had a few more added to the collection after it is believe that he bent the screws when he knocked down Arreola in the fourth. Here's what Wilder looked like after round 1 with the surgeons.
Deontay will be examined this week to see if enough swelling has subsided to go forward with the next procedures. Here's to a speedy recovery.