Former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius are in the process of finalizing a deal for a fight with PBC on FOX pay-per-view on Oct. 15 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO) contemplated retirement following a brutal 11th-round KO loss to Tyson Fury in their October 2021 fight that was named ESPN Fight of the Year.
The 36-year-old will finally face a different opponent for the first time since November 2019, following back-to-back losses to Fury.
Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) last fought on the Fury-Wilder undercard when he earned a TKO victory over Adam Kownacki in a second fight in a row.
The fringe contender, fighting out of Finland, has competed just three times since a KO loss to Gerald Washington in July 2019.
Wilder, ESPN’s No. 3 heavyweight, delivered perhaps the most memorable performance of his career in the loss. He was given little chance after the second bout between them, when “The Gypsy King” brutally beat him en route to a seventh-round TKO, but Wilder didn’t believe predictions and was able to drop Fury twice in the fourth. assault.
The Olympic bronze medalist is perhaps the most imposing puncher in boxing and, with a win, could find himself in line for a showdown with Andy Ruiz next year if the former champion defeats Luis Ortiz on September 4.
Heavyweight contender Frank Sanchez is scheduled to compete on the card, sources said. BoxingScene first reported the Wilder-Helenius news.