In the middle of next month, Deontay Wilder will return to the boxing ring, where his former sparring partner Robert Helenius will be waiting for him. After two consecutive losses to Tyson Fury, the 'Bronze Bomber' will be looking for a new opportunity and return to winning ways, and many believe that Helenius is the ideal opponent for Wilder at this stage of his career.
Even though he is the favorite according to bookmakers, Eddie Hearn does not think it will be that easy for him against Helenius, although he himself admitted that he should win it. Helenius may well defeat Wilder when they clash in New York
Speaking with IFL TV, Hearn said:
“It’s great to have him back in the division, I mean, Robert Helenius is a good fighter, he’s on a good run,” Hearn said when asked his thoughts on Wilder’s return.
“Chisora beat Helenius, didn’t get the decision, he’s been beat by Dillian Whyte as well; he’s had a couple of good wins since, [over] Kownacki since. I actually think he may get beat against Helenius, in all honesty.
I think it’s quite a tough fight, it’s a good fight. But I think he might get beat in that fight”.
Hearn doubts Wilder's all-around boxing abilities
“I’m still not sold about Deontay Wilder in terms of his all-around boxing ability,” said Hearn during a recent interview with Fight Hub TV.
“But, he’s a tremendous puncher, he’s very exciting, he’s brilliant for the heavyweight division. The Kownacki victories probably glorified him a little bit. It looks like Adam is at the end of his career now but he still withstood some fire in there.
Robert Helenius is a huge man. I think he can capitulate under pressure and anyone would under the power of Deontay Wilder. I do expect him to win but, that’s a winnable fight for Robert Helenius”. If Helenius beats Wilder next month, it will be the biggest victory of his career so far.
In his career, he has achieved 31 victories so far, 20 of which were by knockout, and he was defeated three times. On the other hand, Wilder was defeated by Tyson Fury in his last two appearances, and those were the only two defeats in his career. In addition, he also had one draw, and it was the first meeting with Tyson Fury.