A lot of people have their mind made up about the winner between Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius — Wilder will take the victory.
But if you ask Helenius who the victor will be, he’ll say something different. And here’s why.
“I’ve been doing boxing for 25 years now,” Helenius told FIGHT SPORTS in an exclusive interview. “I know what it takes to get the job done.”
Helenius has paved his way to becoming a top-ranked contender in the division after producing back-to-back wins over Adam Kownacki. Once on March 7, 2020 by technically knocking him out in the fourth round and then another on the undercard of Tyson Fury-Wilder III in October 2021 after Kownacki was disqualified – though BoxRec has it down as a TKO win.
In October, Helenius’ shots couldn’t be answered. He landed combination shots early on his opponent; a left uppercut pushed Kownacki back. Kownacki had a point deduction due to low blows, which made Helenius go in with more volume shots. After another low blow warning from the referee to Kownacki and damage that didn’t seem to stop, the fight was waved off and Helenius was the winner.
Helenius hasn’t fought since then.
Months later, in February, the WBA tried to order Helenius to fight Hughie Fury in a title eliminator. But Helenius protested as his fight against Kownacki was a title eliminator.
“Every elimination bout after mine is bulls–! At this point, if we are not designated the mandatory after Usyk’s next fight, we will have only one option,” Helenius said later in July.
“My lawyers are very confident that the WBA have bungled this whole thing, so I am confident in my position. For now I will just stay focused on training and see how Usyk versus Joshua and my WBA situation plays out. But I remain in a great position for something very big in the coming months for sure.”
Now, over one month after the demand, he’s gotten a shot at Wilder, the former WBC heavyweight champion.
But Helenius says he’s ready. He told FIGHT SPORTS that he’s sparred with Klitschko, Joshua, Alexander Povetkin and, back in the day, David Haye.
Many acknowledge Wilder as one of the greatest modern-day heavyweights, but Helenius said that doesn’t faze him.
“Of course it’s a huge fight for me. [But] I’ve been in big rings before, so that’s not scaring me,” he added.
“It’s a fight, [Wilder’s] an obstacle in my road to world championship and I’m going to do everything in my power to beat him.”