TYSON FURY has been handed a medical suspension following his sensational victory over Deontay Wilder.
The Wythenshawe warrior retained his WBC heavyweight title in an epic Las Vegas trilogy fight courtesy of a stunning 11th-round knockout.
But the former lineal heavyweight champ had to battle through adversity to register his first-ever title defence.
Fury, 33, was dropped twice in the fourth round and took several more of Wilder’s devastating right hands in the ensuing rounds.
And as a precaution, the Nevada State Athletic Commission have given him a standard 45-day suspension.
Former WBC champ Wilder, meanwhile, has been handed a six-month suspension by the NSAC.
The Bronze Bomber is now ineligible to compete until April 8, although he could return earlier than that if he receives medical clearance.
A swift return to the ring, however, is unlikely as the American broke his hand in the Sin City showdown and will undergo surgery next week.
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The Olympian’s co-manager Shelly Finkel revealed to SunSport: “Deontay broke his right hand behind the third knuckle and he has to have that fixed next week.
“He has to have surgery, the knuckle is OK, it’s the bone behind the knuckle that broke.
“He’s sore but he was OK, he was home yesterday.
“He’s healing and at this point, if everything is OK, after the hand surgery he’ll probably look to enter the ring mid next year, like April or May.”
Fury’s next outing could very well be a long-awaited grudge match with fellow Brit Dillian Whyte, who will finally bag his crack at heavyweight gold if he beats Swedish slugger Otto Wallin later this month.
Deontay broke his right hand behind the third knuckle and he has to have that fixed next week
But The Gypsy King’s old man wants him to go all out for an undisputed heavyweight title fight with newly-crowned unified champ Oleksandr Usyk.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, John Fury asked: “Would Dillian Whyte deal with Deontay Wilder? No.
“So why would I want to put him in there with my son and get him knocked out?
“At the end of the day, he just got knocked out by a 42-year-old [Alexander Povetkin].
“Tyson can’t get up for them kind of fights. He wouldn’t be able to raise his game because it’s not big enough.
“And he goes in there with a lacklustre attitude and you don’t see the best Tyson Fury.
“You only see the best of Tyson when he’s against the best.
“A challenge like he had and he’s in a great fight. For me, I’ve told him, ‘Usyk or… Brinkwire Brief News.