World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has spoken to former world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and says the former beltholder is currently weighing up his future.

Wilder has been out of the ring since last October's knockout loss at the hands of WBC champion Tyson Fury. In their third encounter, Fury overcame two knockdowns before dramatically stopping Wilder in the eleventh round.

Fury returned to the ring last Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, with 94,000 fans watching him score a knockout of mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in the sixth round.

Afterwards, Fury discussed his desire to retire from the sport of boxing.

If Fury follows through with that scenario, Wilder - who is ranked at number one by the WBC - would be in line to fight for the vacant belt.

Sulaiman expects Wilder to fight again.

"He's taking it easy, he's weighing up his plans for the future, he had a very busy reign as a champion, two knockout losses to Fury, difficult but he's matured and he's doing very well," Sulaiman said to Sky Sports.

"He's having a good time with his wife, he's enjoying life but I'm sure he'll be back. He's one of those fighters that you rarely see in the ring that has the ability to knock somebody out with one punch and he has had many exciting fights. He's a great fighter and great person."

Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce is ranked at number two by the WBC. Joyce is currently the WBO's mandatory challenger and is nearing a deal to face Joseph Parker later this summer.

Fury would like to see his former foe, Wilder, get a crack at the WBC belt.

"I'd like to see Deontay Wilder fight whoever for it again," Fury said to Behind The Gloves.

"I do believe he's still the second-best heavyweight in the world. I believe he knocks everybody else out but me."