Deontay Wilder’s Path to the Top

The Bronze Bomber is back. That is what the world of boxing will be talking about when former WBC Heavyweight champion of the world, Deontay Wilder (42-2-1), makes his return at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to face hopeful title challenger Robert Helenius (31- 3). Deontay Wilder left many fans asking questions about his career in his hiatus from boxing, with Wilder himself unsure if he’d step foot in the ring again. However, all questions about his
career were wiped away when he announced his return this past summer.

The man widely regarded as the heaviest puncher in the heavyweight division is coming off of back-to-back losses for the first time in his storied career. However, the third fight in the legendary trilogy with Tyson Fury left the boxing world wanting more. While Wilder suffered a devastating knockout in the 11th round, the American heavyweight showed flashes of boxing excellence and, under the guidance of new trainer Malik Scott, dropped The Gypsy King twice, a feat for only the best of the best. Deontay Wilder proved that if he could continue tuning his fundamentals, it may not be long until he sits atop combat sport’s most glamorous division. The climb back to the top starts this weekend. The first step? A towering 6’6” Norse warrior Robert Helenius. A relative journeyman until early 2020, Helenius truly announced himself when he stopped the then-undefeated 20-0 prospect Adam Kownacki. While an immediate rematch was given to Kownacki, Helenius again proved himself with another stoppage, earning him the biggest fight in his career.


The Fin will be looking to steal the show and continue his campaign for a world title shot. A win this weekend doesn’t lock up a title fight for either man. The state of the heavyweight division is currently chaotic. Here is a look at what exactly is going on and who will be in play for the winner of this fight:

– Undefeated Joe Joyce (15-0) continued his warpath last month when he dominated the former champion Joe Parker en route to a devastating knockout in the 11th round. The Juggernaut will be hoping that performance will be enough to secure his first title shot; arguably the most intriguing fighter in the division, it will be hard to deny him the way he has stormed through some of the top fighters of the division. If not a title shot, Joe Joyce is the logical next fight for the winner this weekend.


– Anthony Joshua (24-3) will be looking to bounce back and start his road back to the title after back-to-back defeats. The former long-time unified heavyweight champion of the world is slowly running out of time. Already having lost his belts twice, the face of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom boxing seemed close to finalizing a fight with Tyson Fury. However, even with no belts, Anthony Joshua remains a massive fight for just about anyone in the division. Joshua’s looming presence in the division will always be there whether or not his next fight will be for titles. A Wilder vs. Joshua fight could be the biggest fight in heavyweight history involving no belts.

– WBC champion Tyson Fury (32-0-1) has announced his retirement several times in the past months, agreed to a fight with former champion Anthony Joshua, gone back and forth on Twitter with unified champion Oleksandr Usyk, and is now in talks with Derrick Chisora for a December showdown. While a fourth Fury vs. Wilder fight is unlikely, a win for Helenius puts him in the perfect position to fight the Gypsy King.


– The unified champion and pound-for-pound-force Oleksandr Usyk (20-0) is coming off of back-to-back victories against long-time champion Anthony Joshua and looking for fresh blood in the division. A victory for Wilder this weekend would set up an all-time matchup between one of the most powerful to ever do it against one of the most technical to ever do it.

With the WBC belt in Fury’s hands and a fourth fight unlikely, a dominant showing for The Bronze Bomber may be the perfect setup for this unified title bout. Any combination of the heavyweight’s elite athletes would bring fireworks. A win for Deontay Wilder will establish what many of us already know: the heavyweight division is back, and there are many opportunities for fighters to prove why they belong at the top.

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