Frank Warren has revealed that former WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will make his comeback in October.
In the other corner, according to Tyson Fury’s co-promoter, will be ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ Robert Helenius.
Speaking on talkSPORT Drive, Warren had initially said Wilder would fight recent Joe Joyce opponent Christian Hammer but soon corrected himself.
“Well, Deontay is fighting in October – he’s coming back. He come off a bad knockout, no doubt about that, it was a bad knockout against Tyson, it was a tough fight for him.”
“He’s fighting the big guy, the big Scandinavian – sorry my brain’s gone – I’m having a senior moment. It’ll come to me in a minute.”
Co-host Andy Goldstein then asked if he had meant Robert Helenius.
“Sorry, I do apologise. The Finnish guy, yeah, that’s who it is.”
Finnish media have also reported that the former European Heavyweight champion will be in a big fight next, but the 38-year-old’s manager Markus Sundman wouldn’t reveal who against.
Since losing to Gerald Washington in 2019 Helenius has won three in a row to breathe new life into his career. Those included impressive back-to-back stoppage wins against Adam Kownacki in March 2020 and on the undercard of Fury-Wilder 3.
Wilder, 37, has been out of the ring since losing to Fury that night in Las Vegas. The Fight of The Year candidate was a true heavyweight slugfest with each man visiting the canvas but, in the end, the ‘Gypsy King’ prevailed with an 11th round knockout.
In the nine months since, Wilder has been enjoying life away from the ring and on June 19 released a music single called ‘Everytime’ with his brother Marsellos. Six days later ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was interviewed by Premier Boxing Champions and during the conversation ‘The Bronze Bomber’ refused to confirm whether he would fight again.
“I’m definitely considering coming back. This is something we’re figuring out.”