By Brian Webber: Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) had mixed emotions about stopping his old friend & sparring partner Robert Helenius (31-4, 20 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night in the headliner at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. New York.
Wilder landed a right hand late in the first round that knocked the 6’6″ Helenius unconscious. He was actually out cold from the moment the punch landed, there was no way he knew what happened to him as he fell limply on the canvas.
Although Wilder was happy to get the win, his first in three years since 2019, he was not happy to see Helenius unconscious on the canvas in the first round with his sightless eyes seemingly watching. the roof
For Wilder, this is not a happy moment to see Helenius in this situation. He said he wants to check on Helenius next month to make sure he is safe to play.
Of course, we probably won’t know if Helenius is safe until he fights again. If Helenius lost by knockout in the gimme fight, then you have to suspect that he is still feeling the effects of Wilder’s punches.
Getting hit like he did tonight is not good for a man’s career, and we hope he can bounce back from this.
“Like I said, Robert is my friend. We love Robert,” Deontay Wilder told Fighthype after his first round knockout of Robert Helenius last Saturday night.
“To see my friend on the ground like that and not understand what’s going on is scary. I don’t want to dwell on which one is the right one to hit right now because my heart is hurting right now. I want to make sure he is safe.
“I want to make sure it’s going to be good. Not just for today. Let’s wait. I want to see what happens after a month. Then I can go back and look at other things, accept & choose. For now, I don’t focus on that.
“Those Grant gloves are great. I’ve always heard about Grant gloves saving hands. I broke my hands again,” Wilder said.