WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is recovering well from a right hand and biceps injury and is expected to fight in spring 2017.

Showtime Sports Vice President Stephen Espinoza recently spoke to RingTV.com and said Wilder could be back to training full-time by the start of next year.

“I think he’ll be back in camp full time as of the New Year, and probably in the spring we’ll see him back in the ring,” Espinoza said. “We’d love to have him back on Showtime multiple times in 2017. He’s on track to go back into full camp without any restrictions after the New Year.”

One fight that is being looked at for Wilder is a unification bout against IBF heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua. Such a fight, however, would not occur for some time because Joshua is fighting Eric Molina on December 10, and then he'll fight Wladimir Klitschko for the vacant WBA heavyweight title next spring.

The undefeated Wilder had not fought since retaining his world title against Chris Arreola back in July, when he suffered the hand and biceps injuries. It was the second time that Wilder had broken his hand in a fight in his pro career. Wilder won the WBC title back in January 2015, when he defeated Bermane Stiverne via unanimous decision.

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