Deontay Wilder: Fighting Helenius, his come-up, knowing his special punching power

It’s almost been over a year to the day since former WBC heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder, stepped foot in a boxing ring after his defeat in the third fight of his trilogy with Tyson Fury last October. 

Now, the Bronze Bomber is back to take on the 6 ft 6 ‘Nordic Nightmare’ Robert Helenius at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn this Saturday. 

Wilder stopped by the Dan Le Batard Show to discuss a multitude of topics, one being his inspiration for his boxing career – his daughter – and his rise to becoming a world heavyweight champion, after working four jobs before earning a spot in the US men’s olympic boxing team. 

The amateur circuit – which Wilder openly admits he knew little about – was where he found his special ability to knock his opponents out in just a single right-handed punch, a punch that has guided him to the top and has become one of the most devastating punches in heavyweight boxing history. 

Wilder was all-praise for his upcoming opponent too, sharing how he has spent time with Helenius in the past during sparring sessions and complimented his heart and warrior spirit, with one eye on heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk in the near future.