The Deontay Wilder comeback train finally leaves the station on Saturday night, as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ returns to the ring against Robert Helenius. And we’ve got all the details, including the UK start time.
Despite a shocking knockout defeat in his last contest, the boxing community are more excited than ever to see the big American set foot through the ropes. After making a plethora of outrageous excuses following his first loss to Tyson Fury, the public turned against the ex-WBC Champion. But his valiant attempt in the trilogy bout endeared him to fans around the world and whetted their appetites for his resurgence.
The pair of heavyweight titans produced one of the greatest fights of all time, in a contest in which both men looked down and out. The Alabama man hit the canvas in the third and appeared likely to succumb to the pressure of ‘The Gypsy King’. But in the fourth, he rallied and dropped his opponent twice. But despite desperate attempts to land the finishing blow, the Brit proved too slick and ultimately ground Wilder down before rendering him unconscious in the 11th.
Subsequently, when the former King of the division announced his intentions to get back in the squared circle, we were left with a lot of questions. Granted, there’s no doubt he still has the power, but after such a hellacious beating, how much can he possibly have left in the tank?
Luckily, we don’t have long to find out, Wilder goes one-on-one with the ‘Nordic Nightmare’ on Saturday, October 15, and we’ve gathered everything you need to know, so you won’t have to miss a second of the action.
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Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius UK Start Time
Although most are tuning in to watch the biggest puncher in the history of the sport, his opponent certainly hasn’t come to roll over. The Finish superstar has enjoyed a surprising purple path summer over the past couple of years. His career looked as good as done after a defeat to Gerald Washington. But he quickly bounced back with the best victory of his career.
In a monumental upset, the 38-year-old finished rising star Adam Kownacki in the fourth round. And to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he beat him again in the rematch. Consequently, Helenius deserves a massive opportunity. However, the man standing in front of him at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn is an entirely different kettle of fish from anyone he’s ever fought before.
The pair of heavyweight titans are expected to walk to the ring at approximately 4 AM on Sunday morning.
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius UK start time: how to watch
The eagerly-anticipated clash will broadcast live on FITE TV PPV in the UK.
Fans can purchase the contest for £12.99 via the sports broadcaster’s app, which you can download to your mobile or tablet.
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius: Prediction
On paper, this is an easy fight to call. Most expect Wilder to walk through his opponent, take the mic and call out Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua. But it might not be that simple. For the first time in his career, the favourite is taking on a man who possesses just as much power as he does.
Helenius hits like a truck travelling at 90 MPH, and although he may not land his right hand with the precision of Wilder, if he clocks you, your night is over. Therefore, if Wilder has regressed since the Fury fight, he could be in for a rude awakening.
However, the Finn doesn’t have the greatest defence or the movement to avoid Wilder for a sustained period of time. Consequently, we expect the American to bide his time before stopping his adversary in the middle rounds.
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius: Full card
Outside of the headline act, there are a plethora of fights for fans to get their teeth sunk into. In the co-main, Caleb Plant collides with Anthony Dirrell in a world title eliminator, which should set the tone for one of the biggest fights of the year.
The full card is as follows:
- MAIN EVENT: Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius
- Caleb Plant vs Anthony Dirrell
- Gary Antonio Russell vs Emmanuel Rodriguez
- Frank Sanchez vs Carlos Negron
- Vito Mielnicki Jr vs Limberth Ponce
- Gurgen Hovhannisyan vs Michael Polite Coffie
- Geovany Bruzon vs James Evans
- Michael Angeletti vs Jeremy Adorno
- Miguel Roman vs Jose Negrete
- Michel Rivera vs Jerry Perez
- Keeshawn Williams vs Julio Rosa
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