Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius goes down this Saturday night in Brooklyn (October 15), and the odds not surprisingly favor the man widely acclaimed as the biggest puncher in the sport.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ has a KO ratio of well over 90% and he will be expected to maintain that when he comes up against the tricky Finn at Barclays Center.
Wilder (42-2-1) has not been in the ring since suffering the second of two consecutive losses to lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury in Las Vegas in October 2021. Deontay was a brave warrior that night, putting Fury down twice before finally bowing out of an epic slugfest in Round 11.
That was a much improved showing from Wilder, who had been embarrassed by Fury in February 2020, and he remains one of the most marketable heavyweights out there. And the most dangerous.
Latest Odds for Wilder vs Helenius
Deontay is a hot favorite – no surprises there. He is currently trading at best odds of -650 (bet $650 to win $100) with FanDuel, while Helenius is the +550 underdog (bet $100 to win $500). The Draw – pretty unlikely in any Wilder fight – is currently +2500.
Wilder vs Helenius Picks & Predictions
Our expert has free and best boxing betting picks for every major fight, with an absolute bonzanza of huge shows this weekend. As well as Wilder vs Helenius, we have Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall and Devin Haney vs George Kambosos Jr 2.
You can head over to our picks page for a fuller rundown on Wilder vs Helenius, but in short we really like Deontay to get the job done in the second half of the fight.
Helenius has been put on his back by far lesser men than Deontay, who remains the biggest puncher in the heavyweight division. And one of the biggest punchers ever.
Our best bet is for Wilder to win in Rounds 7-12 at +320 with Unibet.
When is Wilder vs Helenius?
Fight night is Saturday October 15, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City.
Ring walks are expected to take place around 11pm Eastern Time, that’s 8pm Pacific.
What TV channel is Wilder vs Helenius airing on?
Deontay has been a PPV attraction for some time now, and that will continue October 15.
Wilder, aligned to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), will fight on a FOX Sports pay-per-view promotion. The price of the PPV is $74.99.
Wilder vs Helenius Weights
The weighin took place Friday in Brooklyn, and Deontay came in at just 214lbs (15st 4lbs) a huge 24lbs lighter than he had been for that trilogy fight with Tyson Fury in October 2021.
Helenius meanwhile outweighs ‘The Bronze Bomber’ by almost 40lbs after weighing in at 253lbs (18st 1lb).
What is at stake in Wilder vs Helenius?
The WBC (World Boxing Council) has designated this fight as an eliminator for its heavyweight title, meaning there is a ton on the line.
The winner is set to face former world champion Andy Ruiz Jr in a final eliminator after he outpointed Luis Ortiz in their September 4 showdown in Los Angeles.
Deontay Wilder Record
Wilder’s pro resume is a formidable one – 42-2-1 in total. That is 42 wins (an astonishing 41 of them inside distance) with two defeats and a draw. All three of those blemishes came in his trilogy of fights vs the giant Brit Fury.
Deontay’s raw knockout power is much revered in the sport, and the way he twice put paid to Luis Ortiz having been down in fights just summed up what he is capable of. The now 36-year-old has dynamite in his fists.
In our view he still beats every heavyweight out there bar Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. And yes that includes Anthony Joshua, who could yet be a big-money opponent down the line.
Robert Helenius Record
The Finn Helenius – now 38 years old – is back in the big time as he prepares to face Wilder.
He really reinvigorated his career with two upset wins over highly touted Pole Adam Kownacki, both by stoppage in one-sided bouts.
This of course is a much bigger test, is Helenius up to it? We’ll find out October 15.
Wilder vs Helenius boasts stacked undercard
Last November Caleb Plant was locking horns with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for all the marbles at 168lbs. Now the former world super-middleweight champ is on the Wilder/Helenius undercard – this is some show.
Caleb (21-1) suffered his first pro defeat in that late stoppage by Canelo and he looks to start the road back to world title glory against the seasoned Anthony Dirrell (34-2).
Another highly-rated heavyweight also features on this card in the shape of the undefeated ‘Cuban Flash’ Frank Sanchez (20-0 with 13 inside distance). He faces Carlos Negron and will be expected to win impressively to justify some pretty lofty rankings with the various sanctioning bodies.