Deontay Wilder set for comeback fight in New York in October, one year after his trilogy defeat to Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder is set to make his long-awaited return to the ring in October.
The 'Bronze Bomber' has not fought since losing his trilogy fight against WBC champion Tyson Fury in October of last year.
Wilder stepped away from the sport after his 11th-round KO loss to Fury in Las Vegas.
But the American is now expected to make his comeback later this year against experienced Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius.
Boxing Scene claim that Wilder is likely to face Helenius on October 15, headlining an event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder, 36, has recently posted videos to Instagram of him training at his gym in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama as he prepares to make his return.
His opponent Helenius, 38, holds a professional record of 31-3, with one of those defeats coming against British heavyweight Dillian Whyte in 2017.
Helenius is on a three-fight winning streak and last beat Polish-American fighter Adam Kownacki in a rematch in October.
Back in May, Wilder confirmed that he planned to return to boxing in the future.
"I can't stop right now. I must continue with my journey," said the former WBC heavyweight champion.
"I love you guys so much. I can't end it like this. This journey's not over with. I must continue my journey."
Hopefully he wins and fights Ruiz early 2023— - (@RRRafc) August 10, 2022
Absolutely no chance— TheRealDeal (@FairWizard) August 10, 2022
Wilder has just come off 2 very punishing KO loses in a row mate. Helenius if he is in the mood is not a walk in the park— Jonathan Best (@jonathanbest17) August 10, 2022
Robert Helenius isn’t a bum— richmond17 (@richmond1724) August 10, 2022
Fans are split over whether Helenius represents a tough challenge for Wilder in his comeback fight.
"Wilder's back to his comfort zone, I see. Would've been interested to see him V [Andy] Ruiz, maybe even [Dillian] Whyte. But this? Nah…," wrote one fan on Twitter.
But another replied: "Wilder has just come off 2 very punishing KO loses in a row mate. Helenius if he is in the mood is not a walk in the park."