Deontay Wilder returns to the ring 377 days after his trilogy with Fury. The fighters knocked each other out five times in the third battle, three by Fury and two by Wilder. But Fury got the 11th-round knockout, giving Wilder two defeats and a draw in one of the century's most dramatic boxing rivalries.
Wilder told ESPN that he was nearly done in boxing until a bronze statue honoring him was unveiled in Tuscaloosa last May. He said the outpouring of love and emotion at the event showed him how much he mattered to others.
"I speak how I speak because I speak passion. I speak from my heart," Wilder said. "Sometimes people can relate to me and resemble certain things I go through. When people feel you, that brings power." This led to a battle against Helenius. A fighter Wilder is familiar with. The Finnish boxer sparred with Wilder to prepare for all three Fury fights.
Helenius showed a similar inner strength when he overcame a knockout loss to fringe contender Johann Duhaupas in 2016 to continue his career. Helenius is coming off two knockout victories over Adam Kownacki. The 38-year-old is well aware that this is the most significant opportunity of his career.
"That's why I put my life on the line for this fight, and [I've been] training my ass off just to be here," Helenius told ESPN.
Helenius will have to deal with possibly the most lethal right hand in boxing, which nearly killed Fury twice. Despite the losses, Wilder appeared to be buoyed by his performance in the trilogy.
Haney Vs. Kambosos Could Be A Fight Of The Year Candidate.
This weekend, undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney will meet George Kambosos Jr. in a rematch of their June fight, which Haney won by unanimous decision to secure all four belts. The rematch, like the first, will take place on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia, Haney's home country.
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs), 23, of San Francisco, has defeated Yuriorkis Gamboa, Jorge Linares, Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, and Kambosos in the last two years. ESPN recently declared him the best boxer under the age of 25. "I'm expecting a hungry and determined Kambosos [in the rematch]," Haney said during a news conference in August to announce the fight. "I will be prepared for any adjustment he brings. This great opportunity to gain more Aussie fans and add to my legacy."
In November 2021, Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs), 29, of Sydney, scored a significant shock with a split decision victory over Teofimo Lopez Jr. He was supposed to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko last June. However, Lomachenko chose to stay in Ukraine with his family amid the Russian war, and Haney took advantage of the opportunity.
"I am looking forward to [the fight]," Kambosos said. "And that's where I will do my talking. Inside the ring."
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