By Brian Webber: Deontay Wilder took a calculated risk in coming in super light at 214 1/2 pounds for his fight against heavyweight Robert Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) for this Saturday night fight.
Just looking at the thin Wilder standing next to the heavier & sturdier that appears Helenius today in the weights, it is easy to see that there may be trouble for the Bronze Bomber.
You have to think Helenius has studied Tyson Fury’s two wins over Deontay back to back and knows exactly how to go about beating him.
The question is whether Helenius will be able to abandon his usual routine enough to use Wilder the way Fury did by wrapping him up repeatedly and leaning on him with all his weight.
In Wilder’s last fight in October, he weighed in at 238, and cut weight by 23 1/2 lbs. Considering how 253 1/4 lb Helenius is heavier than Deontay, it might be wiser for him to stay at his previous weight.
Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) is banking on his ability to use heavy weight to avoid shots and move and land his powerful right hand.
What we don’t know is if Helenius will follow Fury’s strategy in the right way to weaken Wilder because if he avoids this strategy, Deontay will be able to knock him out.
“I’m feeling good. I’m at a happy weight again, and I’m ready to fight on Saturday night,” said Deontay Wilder to Fight Hub TV after considering his fight with Robert Helenius.
“I am happy with this responsibility,“said Wilder about weighing in at 214 1/2 lbs today. “I can move or eliminate things. I can see everything coming.
“So I’m looking forward to showing it to the thousands and millions who will be watching.”
“I don’t like to lose, so that’s the most nervous I get,” Helenius told Fight Hub TV about why he’s so nervous before a fight. There is something that bothers me if I don’t feel nervous about a big fight like this.
“We have two guys from Poland, really young and fast,” Helenius said of his teammates. “I’ve been fighting to get to this point, and I’ve done everything I can to win this fight.
“You have to get your mind right, and no matter what, you just keep doing what you’re doing,” Helenius says of how he was able to pick up big hits from late artists Lamon Brewster and Samuel Peter.
“Of course, when the punch is really, really hard and you get a vision, you just pray to God and hope for the best. that’s because you never know what will happen in a fight.
“If you get punched hard, you’ll get a vision, sure,” said Helenius.