By Robert Segal: Robert Helenius says he wants to be a countryman against former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for their October 15th fight on FOX Sports pay-per-view at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) comes into the fight with three fights in a position to send Wilder into retirement if he wins. Wilder has lost his last two fights against Tyson Fury, and he is still injured.
Picking the heavyweight Helenius is a big risk for Wilder because he is facing a much stronger man than Fury, and there is a plan to beat him. All Helenius has to do is follow Fury’s plan, and he can knock Wilder out on October 15th.
We don’t know if Wilder’s punch tolerance is permanently damaged from his two knockout losses to Fury. If so, Helenius could use that.
“It’s hard to say because we have big gloves and headgear. It’s very fast,” said Robert Helenius during the daily press conference when asked how Deontay Wilder’s power was during their incredible session compared to other fighters he has fought.
“Some people drink really hard and hard and hard, and I think it’s really hard. The explosiveness, I think, is the best thing about it.
“I would hope so,” Helenius said when asked if he thinks his experience will help him against Deontay. “I have 250 fights. So I have a lot of experience behind me, but, of course, everything I’ve ever done in boxing has led me here.
“I have to show my best boxing in this fight, and it will be mine. I think I have a good eye for boxing, a good reaction time, and a good counterattack, and a little aggression.
“I want to be a citizen. It kind of wakes me up in a better way. I need to focus better and do better for myself. Well, of course. If I don’t feel any pressure, it won’t be It’s not an important fight for me.
“My plan is not to win. It’s a hard question to answer. I have no idea,” Helenius said when asked if he thought he could take a serious punch from Deontay and come back. as Tyson Fury did four times,” said Helenius.