At 38, Robert Helenius is ready to fight for heavyweight gold. If Deontay Wilder passes the former world champion on October 15, he will get his wish.
Helenius (31-3) faces Wilder (42-2-1) inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will be a fight to oust the WBC heavyweight title. Helenius has already qualified as a WBA title contender, and if he can defeat Wilder, he will solidify himself as a real threat in the division.
Wilder lost twice against Tyson Fury. Wilder fought Fury in the trilogy and was knocked out by The Gypsy King in October. Now, he faces The Nordic Nightmare, someone looking to show what it takes to fight the best in boxing.
“I’m a different fighter [Tyson) Fury, so he [Wilder] he is preparing in a different way… It was a difficult road. I have been boxing for 25 years, so I am a veteran of the sport. I’ve had my ups and downs,” Helenius told Sky Sports. “I’ve had a lot of injuries along the way, but the last two years have been amazing and a lot has been done. People will see that I’m not that old and I’ve got a few years left in me. “.
Sporting News takes a look at who exactly Wilder will fight inside the Barclays Center, where the two have fought before.
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Who is Robert Helenius?
A silver medalist at the 2006 European Championships, Sweden-born Helenius made his professional debut in 2008.
Helenius is a former WBO and WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion and European Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Derek Chisora for the European title in 2011. Prior to that, Helenius had three knockout wins over former champions Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peters and Siarhei Liachovich.
In 2017, Helenius lost to Dillian Whyte for the WBC Silver International heavyweight title. Since then he has gone 6-1. After losing to Gerald Washington in 2019, Helenius went on a three-fight winning streak.
In the last major boxing fight before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped everything in March 2020, Helenius defeated Adam Kovanki via TKO, which was considered an upset. It was for the WBA Gold heavyweight title and it took place inside the Barclays Center. The two faced off in a rematch in October 2021. On the undercard of Fury vs. Wilder 3, Helenius defeated him again via TKO.
Waiting for a shot at gold, Helenius, a patient fighter, will now face Wilder, a true knockout artist. It will be a battle of power and size in Brooklyn.
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Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius when?
- Date: Saturday, October 15
- Main card: 9:00 p.m. ET | 2:00 BST | 11am AEST
- Main event: 12 o’clock ET | 5 am BST | 14:00 AEST (approx)
Wilder vs. Helenius will take place on October 15. The main card begins at 9:00 PM ET 2:00 BST | 11am AEST. Wilder and Helenius are due to take to the ring around 12pm ET 5am BST | 14:00 AEST, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius?
- Fox Sports
- Traditional pay per view
The main card of Wilder vs. Helenius will air on Fox Sports PPV via Premier Boxing Champions. You can also watch the fight on traditional PPV, FITE.tv and PPV.com
You can use the Fox Sports app to watch the event. Viewers can stream the Fox Sports app on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, laptop, or any mobile or tablet device.
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Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius PPV price: How much does the card cost?
The cost of Wilder-Helenius with Andy Ruiz vs. Luis Ortiz will be: $74.99.
Wilder vs. Helenius fight card
- Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius; Winner of the WBC heavyweight title
- Caleb Planet vs. Anthony Dirrell; WBC super middleweight title eliminator
- Frank Sanchez vs. Carlos Negron; The heavy ones
- Gary Antonio Russell vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez; Bad weights