Former WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has confirmed his comeback as he now faces former European champion, Robert Helenius in Brooklyn.
Wilder has not fought since his second defeat to Tyson Fury in October 2021 but is still one of the biggest threats in the heavyweight division. Wilder carries freakish punch power, which is visible in all his fights as he knocked down every opponent he faced. Wilder won the WBC title in 2015 and made nine successful defences of his belt, whilst also surviving a draw with Tyson Fury to keep hold of his belt, before losing it to Fury in a rematch in 2020. Wilder fought Fury a third time but came up short and would be stopped in round 11, however, Wilder cannot be written off as a serious heavyweight contender.
Helenius is a very tough fight for Wilder's return as he is a man who is more than partial to providing an upset. In 2011, Helenius pulled off a big upset when he defeated Derek Chisora by a split decision. Helenius has also been in with former WBC title challenger Dillian Whyte but would come up short on that night. Helenius catapulted his name back into the upper echelon of the heavyweight division as he provided back-to-back upset victories over hot prospect Adam Kownacki.
These two men look to move into the world title picture and maybe earn a shot of the winner of this weekend's huge rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua for the heavyweight titles. Wilder and Helenius lock horns at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 15th.