By Michael Malaszczyk: Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-2-1), from Alabama, will fight Swedish contender Robert Helenius (31-3) this Saturday, October 15, at the Barclays Center in New York City.
This is an exciting match between two powerful heavyweight boxers with knockouts on both hands.
This is also a battle at the crossroads for the inheritance of each person. It’s rare for boxing fans to see a match like this.
Deontay Wilder is coming off his third fight against Tyson Fury. He lost by a stunning 11th round knockout in a fight that saw both men go down. Before that, he lost his fight against Tyson Fury via a 7th round TKO to lose his WBC heavyweight title. Before this second fight in 2020, Wilder has held the WBC belt since 2015 and has accumulated ten title defenses, one of which was a draw in his first fight against Fury.
Wilder fights for his inheritance with Helenius. He has some props to even take this fight. Given how bad the third fight with Fury was, few would fault Wilder for taking an easy, active, strengthening fight to get himself back in the title fight. If he is relegated as champion, Wilder could get another shot at the belt by simply waiting and continuing to prove his ability to strike out against fighters outside of the top 10.
But he doesn’t do that. He faces Helenius.
Helenius is coming off a career revival. After emerging as a hot fighter in the early 2010s, which saw him beat some impressive names, Helenius had bad luck and suffered brutal losses against Johann Duhaupas, Dillian Whyte, and Gerald Washington.
But not long after Wilder’s fall, Helenius’ career revival began when he faced top 10-weight Adam Kownacki. Kownacki was not considered a great man, but he was a warrior of good power and heavy stature, and many expected him to beat Helenius on the way to the shootout.
Helenius had other plans and stopped Kownacki brutally in the 4th round. They repeated the same night as the Fury-Wilder trilogy, and Helenius destroyed Kownacki again, with Kownacki initially disqualified for repeated minor injuries. before the result changed to TKO.
Both men are fighting for their legacy here. Both men are looking for a big win to force themselves into the title scene. This is Wilder’s chance to prove that his time as a champion is anything but difficult, and this is Helenius’ chance to overcome some disappointing years that have seen him fall from the ranks.
Boxing fans rarely see anything like this. As mentioned earlier, the usual approach for a man like Wilder is to take some strong, low-risk fights and hope for a title shot to his name. For a man in the position of Helenius, the usual process seems to him; Play easy fights that keep you in the top 10 until you get a chance to enter a mandatory position.
Any person who doesn’t like that. Both are looking for a big talk this Saturday. Considering the drama of that and all the qualities these two fighters possess, boxing fans can be in for a real treat.