Former WBC heavyweight champ Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder is headed again within the ring for the primary time in 2022. This, as Premier Boxing Champions confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Wilder will battle fellow contender Robert Helenius in Brooklyn’s Barclays Heart on October 15h.
PBC made the announcement on-line that Wilder-Helenius will also be a PPV from Fox Sports,
#BombZquad is BACK! Former heavyweight champ @BronzeBomber makes his highly-anticipated return to the ring to battle Finland’s @helenius_robert on October 15, dwell on @PBConFOX PPV from @barclayscenter!#WilderHelenius pic.twitter.com/nAUx0w19nH
— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) August 17, 2022
“Wilder will tackle top-rated “Nordic Nightmare” Helenius in an explosive 12-round WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator between ferocious punchers in the principle occasion of a FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, Oct. 15 at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn in a Premier Boxing Champions occasion.
Within the co-feature, former IBF Tremendous Middleweight Champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant faces two-time WBC Tremendous Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Canine” Dirrell in a extremely anticipated 12-round WBC Tremendous Middleweight Title Eliminator between 168-pound rivals. Two further pay-per-view undercard bouts shall be introduced to spherical out the action-packed four-fight lineup introduced by PBC.
One of many biggest knockout artists in boxing historical past, Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) is on a mission to develop into a two-time world heavyweight champion following a primary reign that included 10 title defenses, a feat completed by solely seven heavyweights in boxing historical past. The “Bronze Bomber” now returns to Barclays Heart, a venue the place he has fought 4 occasions and thrilled the gang with a few of his most spectacular knockouts. The 36-year-old slugger from Tuscaloosa, Alabama earned his moniker by profitable bronze on the 2008 Olympics.
He rejuvenated the heavyweight division when he captured the WBC belt in January 2015, turning into considered one of boxing’s largest stars with an all-time heavyweight finest 91.1% knockout share and a fascinating character to match. Coming off an epic trilogy with Tyson Fury, Wilder stays must-see tv and one of many biggest fighters of this period.
“It’s been a protracted journey for me and as of in the present day it continues. I assumed so many occasions about whether or not I ought to keep out of the enterprise or come again,’’ stated Wilder. “As soon as I bought my statue in my hometown and noticed so many individuals arrive and have fun with me and my household, to see all of the feelings, grown males crying in entrance of their youngsters and saying he’s an actual true king, made me really feel like my job shouldn’t be performed.”
“So, right here I’m as soon as once more, trying ahead to returning to the ring. I’m trying ahead to coming to Barclays Heart, a spot the place I’ve had my most devastating knockouts and a spot I think about my second house. So the place all my Bombzquad individuals at? It’s time to place in your warfare gear. And let’s go to work, child. Bombzquad is again!”
Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) stamped himself as one of many world’s finest heavyweights with consecutive stoppage wins over the beforehand unbeaten Adam Kownacki, together with an October 2021 sixth-round TKO win over Kownacki in Helenius’ final outing. Born in Sweden and combating out of Mariehamn, Finland, Helenius established himself as considered one of Europe’s high heavyweights prior to creating his U.S. debut in 2019. The 38-year-old “Nordic Nightmare” has gained six of his final seven bouts.
“It’s nice to be again at Barclays Heart in an excellent larger battle than my final one. I’ve been ready for this chance for a very long time and I’m going to be prepared,’’ stated Helenius. “I’m going to provide an excellent larger upset than I did with Kownacki. I’m going for the belt, so this can be a battle to organize me to realize that purpose. I can solely develop into the most effective heavyweight on this planet by beating the most effective and that’s what I intend to do on October 15.’’
As the discharge mentions, the 2 fighters are presently headed in reverse instructions. This, as Wilder was overwhelmed decisively and stopped twice by WBC champ Tyson Fury, including an 11th round TKO last October in Las Vegas. And the second of Helenius’ two TKOs of Kownacki got here on the Fury-Wilder III undercard that night time.
So, it gained’t be a simple battle for Wilder, who defended his WBC title 9 earlier occasions earlier than the Fury losses, in his return.