December 15, 2016
December 15, 2016
Deontay Wilder

Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

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DEONTAY WILDER hopes to return to the ring in February after recovering from inuries he sustained during his stoppage win over Chris Arreola earlier this year.

Wilder retained his WBC world heavyweight title against Arreola in July but has not been able to fight since after breaking his hand and tearing a bicep muscle during the contest.

Now back in training, the unbeaten American wants to make 2017 a signature year by facing the winner of Anthony Joshua’s April 29 superfight with Wladimir Klitschko.

“If all goes well, I’m going to get the winner of Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko,” he said at the WBC’s 5th annual convention.

“The heavyweight division is coming alive again, and we want to keep it that way.

“It doesn’t bother me who I fight. Let’s bring it. In my country, in their country. Let’s go! I don’t want to be in this sport long. I want to accomplish my goals, and leave my legacy behind.”

Wilder has trodden water since winning the title against Bermane Stiverne in January 2015, though he has consistently spoken about his desire to unify the division.

The winner of Joshua-Klitschko will hold the WBA and IBF titles, while Joseph Parker is the WBO champion after beating Andy Ruiz at the weekend.

If Joshua were to beat Klitschko, a fight with Wilder would be simple to make given their respective ties to American broadcaster Showtime.

Wilder’s next fight could be in the UK, with promoter Frank Warren keen to tempt the WBC champion to Britain and fight on BT Sport, potentially against Hughie Fury, cousin of former division leader Tyson Fury.