Deontay Wilder was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after his defeat to new World Boxing Council champion Tyson Fury.
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round with the American being dominated by Fury.
He took plenty of punishment and was bleeding from his left ear and mouth before the fight was stopped.
After the fight, Wilder criticised his corner for throwing in the towel and not letting him “go out on his shield” as he was interviewed after being checked over by medics.
But he missed his post-fight press conference as he was taken to a nearby hospital for further checks after being seen getting his ear stitched in his dressing room following the first defeat of his professional career.
Wilder trainer, Jay Deas, took his place in the press conference and said: “He had a small cut inside the ear which may have affected his equilibrium so he’s going to get some stitches.
“That’s the extent of it; it was a gruelling fight against a gruelling fighter. This will give him some time to enjoy his family and rest up.”
Speaking in the ring after suffering his first ever defeat, Wilder said: “The best man won on the night. My coach threw in the towel but I’m ready to go out on my shield.
“I had a lot of things go on coming into this fight but it is what it is.
“I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield, I’m a warrior. But he [Fury] did what he did and there’s no excuses.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.