Deontay Wilder left fans in awe on his return to action last night – not just with his destructive performance, but with yet another stunning ring walk.
Wilder, who has been renowned for awesome and outlandish entrances, donned a gold encrusted tunic as he entered the Barclays centre in New York in front of a crowd baying for another trademark knockout.
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Never one to disappoint, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ delivered in immediate fashion, obliterating Robert Helenius in just one round and putting the rest of the heavyweight division on notice in doing so.
It only took Wilder one shot to get rid of the Finn, walking him on to a signature right hand at the very end of the first round, completely demolishing Helenius. As soon as the 38-year-old hit the deck, it was clear he wouldn’t be returning to his feet.
After it was confirmed that Helenius was not seriously damaged by the howitzer from Wilder, the Alabama man got on the mic. He thanked his loyal fanbase for their undying support before calling out heavyweight rivals Oleksandr Usyk and Andy Ruiz Jr.
A meeting with fellow American Ruiz seems most likely, with the two said to be lined up to square off in a WBC final eliminator in 2023. With both signed to PBC and Al Haymon, it is probably the easiest to make of all the marquee fights for Wilder.
Regardless of who his next opponent is, last night was a prime example of why the heavyweight division is a much more exciting place with Deontay Wilder in it.