Deontay Wilder’s return is almost here.
By this Saturday, it’ll be over a year since Wilder was last in action. He faced WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a brutal trilogy fight in Las Vegas. This time around, Wilder will be in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and will face division contender Robert Helenius.
“Speaking of Deontay Wilder, he returns to the ring against Robert Helenius. What are your expectations for Deontay after that brutal fight against Tyson Fury?” said Max Kellerman on Max On Boxing.
“They had three fights, and there was a lot of brutalities that were dished out for both sides. Deontay Wilder took the worst of it,” said Andre Ward.
“The only questions I have for Deontay Wilder is what lingering effects, if any, will those fights hold over his psychological makeup and his physical body.
“We see weird things in boxing. One guy gets knocked out for the first time in his career, and all of a sudden, he can’t take a punch the same way. I’m not saying that’s going to be the case with Deontay Wilder, but you have to watch those kinds of things.
“In terms of his offense and in terms of his mentality, he’s going to be the same Deontay Wilder, and I believe he gets a knockout in this fight,” said Ward.
Last week, Wilder during a virtual press conference, he told FIGHT SPORTS that he feels no pressure – despite being inactive for a year.
“I tell people all the time that I’m soaking in my happiness and my peace and I do mean that. With that being said, this reign for me is all about being happy and being at peace… I don’t have nothing to prove to anyone,” he said.
“I’ve done an amazing job with my career and my accomplishments and my finances. So, it’s been amazing to the point where I have nothing to complain about.”
Meanwhile, for Helenius, he told FIGHT SPORTS that he doesn’t mind being the underdog.
“It wakes me up in a better way. I need concentrate better, do better for myself,” he added.
The pay-per-view event will kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Sports, FITE TV, PPV.com and FIGHT SPORTS Max (restrictions apply in some countries).