Former WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KO`s) blitzed Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (30-4.19 KO`s) with one almighty obliterating counter right hand on the button at the two minutes and fifty-seven seconds mark of round one, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
This was a World Boxing Council heavyweight Eliminator and gives notice to the entire Division that its biggest hitter is back…and how! Deontay and Robert are former sparring partners, are friends and respect each other. But there`s no room for sentiment in big business! At the scales, Robert had weighed a whopping two hundred and fifty-three pounds, while Deontay was an ominously svelte two hundred and fourteen and a half.
A couple of rights from Robert and the two clinched. Deontay was very mobile, moving laterally, making himself an elusive target, Robert robotically lunged backing Deontay into the ropes. Deontay unleashed a blockbuster right, which came like a bolt of lightning, landing in the middle of the Finn`s face and down he went poleaxed! Referee Mike Griffin discarded a count on the stricken fighter who was attended to, staying down for several minutes, until he was able to regain his feet and leave the ring under his own steam, a disappointed man.
A jubilant Deontay said: “It`s amazing to be back in Brooklyn. I wanted to be mobile and hostile and set him up. Robert over reached. I`m back!”