Deontay Wilder will be mad at Robert Helenius, says Shawn Porter

By Craig Daly: Shawn Porter says former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s blood will be boiling when he takes on Robert Helenius in October.

Porter thinks Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) will be amped up due to back-to-back losses at the hands of Tyson Fury and the fact that he hasn’t won a fight since 2019.

The Wilder vs. Helenius fight has yet to be announced, but it should be soon. Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) reportedly worked as a sparring partner for Wilder to help him prepare for his third fight against Fury last October, so the two should know each other well.

Wilder nearly beat Fury in their trilogy fight after dropping him twice in the fourth round. The second knockdown appeared to be an 11-second long count for Fury, saving him from being stopped.

“I heard he was here. Is this fight announced now? It’s a hell of a fight,” Shawn Porter told Fighthype about the Oct. 5 fight between Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius.

“I think we will see a better version of Deontay Wilder. I said it remains to be seen if there’s any residue from that last fight he had [against Tyson Fury in October 2021]. More than enough free time, we hope and think.

“Man, I can’t wait for it. I think the world can’t wait to see Deontay Wilder again, but I’ll say this. I mean no disrespect to Helenius. He’s got a good boxer ahead of him, but not a boxer who has crazy power or those crazy techniques.

“He’s not presenting this thousand piece puzzle to Deontay Wilder, which is really good for D because it allows D to come back into the ring and work on things that he was working on in front of someone who’s going to give him that opportunity to work.

“No, it gives both guys a baseline where they can feel comfortable. It’s more of an advantage for Deontay Wilder because his blood will boil a bit more than Helenius.

“Helenius is going to have to do things to get him there. I don’t know if he’s that kind of guy. Deontay Wilder, his blood is already boiling,” Porter said.