Deontay Wilder will be making his return in October.
According to BoxingScene.com, Wilder is targeted to make his return on October 15 against Robert Helenius. The event will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and is expected to be the main event of a FOX Sports pay-per-view.
Wilder has not fought since he suffered a KO loss to Tyson Fury and since then there has been talk he would walk away from the sport. Yet, recently, he said his time fighting was not over as he thought boxing needs an American heavyweight champion.
“I can’t stop right now. I must continue with my journey. I love you guys so much. I can’t end it like this. This journey isn’t over with,” Wilder said during his statue unveiling in Alabama (via BoxingScene)… “One thing about boxing that I’ve proved is that boxing thrives off of excitement, but the excitement of an American champion. Once that dies, so does boxing.
“I was living proof, because I’m coming back on popular demand because that’s all I’ve been hearing from high and low. From homeless people all the way up to millionaires,” Wilder added. “You feel me? It’s just been an amazing feeling. So many people reaching out telling me it’s important because without an American heavyweight (champ) boxing really isn’t exciting. An American heavyweight (champ) brings that excitement to the division. Then all the money flows. Trust me on that.”
Deontay Wilder (42-2-1), is coming off back-to-back stoppage losses to Tyson Fury. Prior to that, he knocked out Luis Ortiz and Dominic Breazeale after fighting Fury to a draw in their first of three fights. He’s also the former WBC heavyweight champion.
Robert Helenius (31-3) is on a three-fight win streak and coming off back-to-back TKO wins over Adam Kownacki and before that, scored a TKO win over Mateus Roberto Osorio.
Who do you think will win, Deontay Wilder or Robert Helenius?