Deontay Wilder Wins a Knock Out Over Robert Helenius in his Heavyweight Return

Wilder knocks out Helenius in 1 round

After a year of being out, Deontay Wilder, the former world heavyweight champion, made a stunning triumphant return. He knocked out Robert Helenius from Finland in the first round of fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Satturday.

Wilder ended Helenius after just two minutes and 57 secs with a powerful right-hand punch to the face. This increased the American’s record by 43-2, with one draw and 42 KOs.

Wilder stated that it was a wonderful night.

Wilder, with his back against the ropes answered a combination with an inexplicable but firm right to Helenius’ nose. Helenius fell to the ground and the referee decided to stop the fight.

During the interview, Wilder stated that he needed to take time. He waited Helenius to make him reach. “I wanted to be mobile and agile, as well as hostile. I set him up, allowed him to reach and then when he reached, I attacked.”

See the knockout clip here:

Helenius, a former Wilder sparring companion whose record fell to 31-4. The doctors immediately response to the 38-year old prone Finnish fighter right after the fight stopped. Fortunately, Helenius slowly rising to his knees and finally left the ring by his own will.

Wilder entered the ring one week shy of his 37th Birthday. This was the first time he had done so since last October’s 11th-round knockout loss to Tyson Fury in Britain. Wilder lost his World Boxing Council crown, and unbeaten status, to Fury in 2020.

Wilder stated that we wanted to make it more fun. This is not a job. It’s something you do. It was fun. It was a huge success.

Wilder’s win likely opens up a fight with Andy Ruiz (a former world champion), in 2023. The winner will be eligible for the WBC title.

Wilder said that he would be willing to fight Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine, the unbeaten heavyweight division champion.

Who’s next? Wilder stated, “I’m up for anything.” Andy Ruiz or Usyk, or anything else. I’m back. The heavyweight division is buzzing again.


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