Robert Helenius is not short of confidence going into his fight with Deontay Wilder this Saturday night – with Helenius explaining he believes Tyson Fury has shown the secret to defeating the American.
Speaking to FightHype, Helenius was cautious of revealing too much of his game plan, but strongly insinuated that he would be taking at least some aspects of Fury’s approach that led to back-to-back victories over Wilder.
“I can’t give away too much but yes, he [Fury] showed the key to unlocking Deontay Wilder.”
Helenius will be first opponent ‘the Bronze Bomber’ has faced since his second defeat to Fury this time last year, and many observers were surprised Wilder didn’t go for a slightly softer touch than the dangerous Finn.
The 38-year-old is coming off two career best performances against Adam Kownacki, looking as spiteful ever as he stopped Kownacki on both occasions.
Although Helenius is far from a walkover, Wilder does go into the contest as favourite and is reportedly in line for a WBC final eliminator against PBC stablemate Andy Ruiz Jr in the first half of 2023.
Now 36 and on the wrong end of a gruelling loss last time out, it will be interesting to see just how much the electrifying Wilder has left and if there is scope for him to sit amongst the very elite of the division once again.
In his prime or not, the boxing public would agree in unison that the heavyweight landscape is certainly a much more exciting scene with the Alabama man present, with many fans saying a fight with Anthony Joshua is the most exciting in the sport.