Like when he was the heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder is still a man with lofty ambitions and a solid right hand. Although time is short, he would like to return to that state. Wilder will turn 37 next week and has stated that he will compete only until he turns 40.
Wilder once said, “I just want three years left up in this industry, and I’m ready to fight the greatest, and I’m motivated, capable, and determined to do whatever it takes to get back to the top.”
The fight against Robert Helenius at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday will be the beginning of his comeback from two defeats at the hands of Tyson Fury.
If Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) prevails, he may soon have another opportunity at the championship. Even after losing the WBC title, his rematch with Tyson Fury was exciting to watch because he demonstrated his devastating power throughout his five-year reign.
Wilder has been quoted as saying, “You know I keep fans on the edge of their seats while I’m in the ring, or when I’m in a battle because you don’t know what’s going to take place. But, baby, when it comes, boom, good night.
Nothing like it has occurred in nearly three years. Then, in February 2020, Fury won a lopsided championship bout against Wilder. A year later, in their rematch, he knocked Wilder out in the eleventh round to successfully defend his title.-->
In addition to being his first win since stopping Luis Ortiz in November 2019, a victory over Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) on the Fox Sports pay-per-view would put Wilder in the running to fight Oleksandr Usyk, the undisputed three-division champion. Helenius said, “I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t believe in myself,” implying that he would have looked for a more accessible position if that were the case.