Deontay Wilder, Robert Helenius Say They’re Going All In For October Fight In New York

Fans are still over a month away from seeing Deontay Wilder return in the ring against Robert Helenius, but the two did not hesitate to preview what’s to come.

Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) takes on Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) on October 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. And both heavyweight contenders said during a virtual press conference that it’s going to be good.

“I’ve had a great career and now I’m back again for my second reign,” Wilder said.

“… I know what Helenius is capable of doing and I know what kind of heart he has. He’s coming to bring his best and I always bring mine. This is a serious fight between two warriors in the heavyweight division. We’re coming to put it all on the line.

“… Whether it’s for our family, our country or our fans, there’s one night and one fight, it’s going to be fireworks.”

Meanwhile, Helenius noted:

“I’ve promised my fans in Finland that I would bring the world title back home and sometimes you have to go through a lot to get there. But I’m going to do everything I can. We’re doing all the extra work that we need to,” he said.

“…This is a huge deal. All I’ve ever wanted is to get the chance at the world heavyweight title. That’s why I’ve continued to fight. If I didn’t see myself becoming a world champion, I would have stopped and found a much easier job to do.”

Wilder has not fought since losing to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury last October in their trilogy fight. The American boxer had knocked down Fury twice before losing gas in the 11th round.

Helenius returns after back-to-back wins against Adam Kownacki. Helenius, who fought on the Fury-Wilder undercard in October, has climbed the heavyweight rankings.

Both boxers expressed their respect for one another, but promised to walk away with the win.

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