Following a 12-month absence from the ring, former WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder looks to have been working on his movement and speed ahead of his return.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ was keen to show the fans exactly what he’s been working on in a public workout ahead of his PPV fight with Robert Helenius.
Wilder is sometimes mocked for his boxing skills, or lack of, despite his Olympic bronze medal at Beijing 2008. However, in the workout, he looked sharp and his jab to be much improved, which will provide encouragement for his fans, reducing the reliance on his huge right-hand.
— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) September 22, 2022
With the switch of trainer to Malik Scott before the Fury trilogy bout, it’s no surprise we’re starting to see the effect of that relationship on Wilder’s style.
Twelve months on from that second loss to ‘They Gypsy King’ and the heavy hitter looks to be working on the same fundamentals that won him his bronze medal.
— MMAWeekly (@MMAWeeklycom) September 22, 2022
Wilder fights Helenius (31-3) on October 15th on Fox PPV, with a UK broadcaster yet to be announced. “The Nordic Nightmare” is arguably being one of the most improved heavyweights over the past couple of years, recording two successive stoppages over Adam Kownacki.
Although many are looking past the fight for Wilder, the Finnish pro should provide a good indication on whether the Alabama man can still challenge for world titles. If he impresses on his return, then mega fights against the likes of Oleksandr Usyk, Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua surely lie ahead for the former champ.