Robert Helenius expects to defeat Deontay Wilder on October 15

By Craig page: Robert Helenius plans to make former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder regret picking him as his tune-up opponent on October 15.

Big-punch Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) is confident he’ll dispatch Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) for his third straight loss when the two meet in the main event on FOX Sports pay-per-view at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

This is Helenius’ big chance to put himself in a position to fight for a world title against champions Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. Helenius, 38, aims to become world champion before hanging up the gloves in the next two years.

Wilder used Helenius as a sparring partner to prepare him for his trilogy match against Fury last October. Unfortunately for Wilder, he came empty, losing to Fury by an eleventh-round knockout after being gassed early in the contest.

“I think I have to be more aggressive and move forward and I have better reaction time than ever,” Robert Helenius told Fighthype, when asked what he needed to do to defeat Deontay Wilder.

“I have to have my conditioning to keep my focus and be alert at all times in 12 rounds. I think it’s going to be a tough fight. I don’t see him as an easy opponent. Like I said, he’s a top fighter, and he’s shown that in previous fights.

“I’m coming into this fight and I’m giving it my all because my dream has always been to be heavyweight champion of the world, and I’m going to do everything in my power to become that.

“At first it was like ‘Oh man’ because we had good training sessions, and we talked afterwards and had similar thoughts about life and things like that. Sure, but it’s a sport.You have to be aggressive and turn off the emotions when you go to a fight like this.

“I can’t say it’s going to affect me. I have a lot of experience and a lot of falls. It’s been a long journey for me, but I feel like I have a few more years to give my all in this sport.

“Four or five years ago, I found a new love for this sport, and since then I’ve been going at full speed. You mean, when I win this fight. I’ve never been a guy who calls other guys, is arrogant and insults others. It was never my style.

“I won’t plan anything until I win this fight. So, I’m going to focus 100% on this fight, doing everything in my power to win it.

“It was a good fight overall,” Helenius said of Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch against Anthony Joshua II last weekend. “It was much better from Joshua than I expected. He knows how to adapt from one year to the next.

“So he had a better fight, but Usyk was still moving and had the better shots. It was a good fight overall. I would like a fight against him [Usyk]. Of course, he’s a world champion and also a very good boxer and a southpaw, and he’s beaten Joshua twice in a row. I could see myself beating him, yes.

“Of course, if he’s still in the game, I’d take that fight. [against Tyson Fury] immediately. i hope they [Joshua and Usyk] keep fighting and making boxing great like it has been for ages now.

“Probably early October, two and a half weeks before the fight, so I’m getting the jet lag and some training sessions in the States, and making sure everything goes to plan,” Helenius said. when asked when he would arrive in the United States for his fight against Wilder.

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