Deontay Wilder’s rematch plan for Tyson Fury was derailed in the closing weeks of his training camp as he sustained a bicep injury, confirmed sparring partner Junior Fa.
The American heavyweight’s reign as WBC heavyweight champion was brought to a dramatic end in February when he was sensationally stopped by Fury in Las Vegas.
Wilder has since undergone bicep surgery and Fa, who has regularly sparred with the Alabama man, revealed that the arm injury was suffered shortly before the second fight against Fury.
The New Zealander told Sky Sports: “I was very shocked [by the Wilder defeat].
“The lead up and the training was actually really good. Deontay was looking great.
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“I think he did hurt himself towards the end of camp, which I don’t think would have played too much into the fight, but then I don’t really know the extent of the damage of the injury that he sustained.
“What I do know [is] that he did get injured, but I was very surprised by Fury’s game plan. As soon as the fight started, and I saw Fury not really taking a backward step, trying to push Wilder to the ropes, I was thinking ‘Oh man, this is going to be a hard night for Wilder.’
Yes, the bicep injury. I don’t know the extent of the damage, but he did hurt it, yeah.