DEONTAY WILDER will go on holiday before returning to training 'in a few months' ahead of a May comeback fight.
The American heavyweight was beaten after 11 brilliant rounds against Tyson Fury in their trilogy bout in Las Vegas.
And he had to have surgery on his right hand following an injury sustained in the gruelling yet thrilling fight.
Wilder will now enjoy some well earned down time before getting right back to business.
His trainer Malik Scott told World Boxing News: “Deontay said he’s going to go on vacation, and I’m all for that.
"And in a few months, we’ll be back in camp, and he’ll be fighting."
Wilder, 36, was handed a six-month medical suspension after defeat to Fury, 33, meaning he can return to the ring by April.
Scott said: “We should be back in camp, in my opinion, no later than March and fight in May.
"Or we may be back in camp before March. It all depends on how he recovers, how he’s feeling, how everything’s going."
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Wilder, who twice floored Fury in round four of their trilogy, was three times dropped before finally being knocked out.
But the resilient former champion never stopped coming forward and even in defeat restored his reputation.
Super-fights with the likes of Anthony Joshua, 32, Andy Ruiz Jr, 32, or Dillian Whyte, 33, are all exciting prospects for the Bronze Bomber.
But coach Scott warned their comeback bout will be step down in level, but only a slight one.
He said:“With Deontay, obviously, the first fight back is not going to be at the level that he just left. We have to do things the right way.
“But at the same time, we can’t go much lower than that because he’s a high entertainment revenue fighter.
We should be back in camp, in my opinion, no later than March and fight in May.
"He’s big-time boxing. We have to give him a threat because Deontay gets up for threats.
“Obviously, it won’t be a Fury level, but it won’t be somebody down in the bucket. We’re not going to get somebody with a record of 27-11.
"That’s not happening. It has to be a name that fans have heard of.”
Despite the loss, Wilder had a huge part to play in what turned out to be an instant classic in Sin City.
And even Scott could sit back and appreciate the all-out action when watching it back to study what went wrong.
He revealed: “It was so good. It was such a good fight. Deontay would be out on his feet, and I knew we had clipped Fury.
'REAL BATTLE OF THE GIANTS'
"Then Fury would come back, and then he would knock Fury down, and Fury would get up.
"There were certain shots Fury was hitting Deontay with that he was on fumes.
"He caught Deontay with a shot one time from the blindside, and Deontay took that shot and continued to fight.
“Fury continued to come forward. I’ve never seen a gutsy balls trilogy at that level in the heavyweight division.
"That was a real battle of the giants. Before the fight, I called Fury a very, very good fighter.
"After the fight, I gave him his credit and called him a great fighter because he beat a great fighter.”
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