Former WBC heavyweight world champion and boxing superstar Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder will face Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius in an explosive 12-round WBC Heavyweight title eliminator between fierce punchers in the main event of a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, October 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of a Premier Boxing Champions event.
In the co-feature, former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant takes on two-time WBC super middleweight champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell in a highly anticipated 12-in-1 WBC super middleweight title eliminator. rounds between 168-pound rivals. Two additional pay-per-view undercard bouts will be announced to complement the action-packed four-fight lineup presented by PBC.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions and TGB Promotions, go on sale Friday, August 19 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased through seatgeek.com and barclayscenter.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase in person at the American Express box office at Barclays Center starting Friday at noon ET.
Pre-sale tickets are available TOMORROW, Thursday, August 18 from 10 a.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET via seatgeek.com and barclayscenter.com with the code: BOXING
“Deontay Wilder has established himself as a fixture, live and on TV, due to his incredible knockout prowess. Bringing him back to boxing against another powerful puncher in Robert Helenius at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn adds another element of excitement to an outstanding card,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Caleb Plant vs. Anthony Dirrell is an old school slugfest that is sure to deliver drama with two highly skilled fighters going head-to-head. With two more sensational matches to be added to the PPV, fans tuning into FOX Sports PBC PPV or watching live at Barclays Center will be treated to an incredible night of boxing.
One of the greatest knockout artists in boxing history, Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) is on a mission to become a two-time world heavyweight champion after a first reign that included 10 defenses of the title, a feat accomplished by only seven heavyweights in boxing history. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ now returns to Barclays Center, a venue where he fought four times and thrilled the crowd with some of his most spectacular knockouts. The 36-year-old slugger from Tuscaloosa, Alabama earned his nickname by winning bronze at the 2008 Olympics. He rejuvenated the heavyweight division when he won the WBC belt in January 2015, becoming one of the boxing’s biggest stars with an all-time best knockout percentage of 91.1% and a captivating personality to match. Coming off of an epic trilogy with Tyson Fury, Wilder remains a staple on television and one of the greatest fighters of this era.
“It’s been a long journey for me and from today it continues. I thought so many times about whether I should stay out of the company or come back,” Wilder said. “Once I had my statue in my hometown and saw so many people come and celebrate with me and my family, see all the emotions, grown men crying in front of their children and saying he’s a real real king, made me feel like my job isn’t done. So here I am again, eager to get back in the ring. I can’t wait to come to Barclays Center, a place where I had my most devastating knockouts and a place I consider my second home. So where are all my Bombzquad people? It’s time to put on your war gear. And let’s go to work, baby. Bombzquad is back!”
Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) has established himself as one of the best heavyweights in the world with back-to-back stoppage wins over previously undefeated Adam Kownacki, including a sixth-round TKO win in October 2021 over Kownacki during Helenius’ last outing. Born in Sweden and fighting out of Mariehamn, Finland, Helenius established himself as one of Europe’s top heavyweights before making his United States debut in 2019. The 38-year-old ‘Nordic Nightmare’ has won six of his last seven fights.
“It’s great to be back at Barclays Center in an even bigger fight than my last. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and I’m going to be ready,” said Helenius. “I’m going to produce an even bigger upset than I did with Kownacki. I’m going for the belt, so it’s a fight to prepare myself to achieve that goal. I can only become the best heavyweight in the world by beating the best and that’s what I plan to do on October 15th.
The 30-year-old Factory (21-1, 12 KOs) used his sublime boxing skills to rise through the ranks of the super middleweight division. In his first world title fight, Plant, a native of Ashland City, Tenn. who now lives and trains in Las Vegas, faced veteran Jose Uzcategui and won the title in a hard-fought unanimous decision. in 2019. Plant dropped the first match of his career in his last fight, losing to Canelo Alvarez in an undisputed fight for the super middleweight championship on November 6. He will be looking to bounce back and get back on the world title trail in a grudge match against rival, Dirrell.
“I can’t wait to fight at Barclays Center for the first time,” Plant said. “I know fight fans in Brooklyn are going to come out for this card. I feel good and have been working hard in the gym since my last fight. I’m going to put in a great performance and pull this guy out.
Dirrell (34-2, 25 KOs) is a two-time world super middleweight champion who won one of the toughest battles of his life when he beat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008. The 37-year-old of Flint, Michigan won his first world title with a unanimous decision victory over Sakio Bika in 2014. He lost the title the following year by majority decision to Badou Jack. He will have to wait four years before getting another opportunity, but successfully won it back thanks to a split technical decision on Avni Yildirim. He lost the title again, this time in a ninth-round TKO to David Benavidez in 2019. Dirrell is coming off a fourth-round knockout win over Marcos Hernandez in his last match on Nov. 6.
“I’m really excited to be back in the ring on October 15th,” Dirrell said. “I’m especially excited to fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It’s a special place for me. I fought Sakio Bika for a world title in this same venue, so I’m glad to be back. This fight means even more to me because it’s a day after my birthday, which is October 14th. So I can’t wait to give the fans a great show, get the big win on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View and then celebrate it all afterwards.