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Deontay Wilder returns to the ring this weekend as he faces Robert Helenius at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Can Wilder bounce back and take care of business as a gigantic favorite? Ben Rajavuori answers.

Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius Prediction, Pick: Can Wilder Take Care of Business Against Helenius?

Deontay Wilder returns to the ring this weekend as he faces Robert Helenius at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Wilder is coming off a title fight loss to Tyson Fury his last time out in October last year. Wilder hopes that with a win he can fight for the WBC belt once again in his next fight. His opponent, Robert Helenius, is coming off a knockout win over the previously undefeated Adam Kownacki, which was a rematch of their fight in 2020 that Helenius won to remove Kownacki's undefeated status. A win over Wilder would be a massive resume-builder for Helenius, but he is a +510 underdog in this spot. Can Wilder bounce back and take care of business as a gigantic favorite?

Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius Start Time, Where To Watch, and Odds

  • When: Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • Time: 9:00 p.m. EDT/6:00 p.m. PDT
  • Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • Where to Watch: PPV

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Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius Prediction

Wilder has had to do some soul-searching after his devastating back-to-back losses to Tyson Fury. Wilder was 42-0 with ten WBC world title defenses entering his first fight with Fury, and he could not avenge his loss the second time around last year. Fury's footwork proved too much for Wilder in the end, but Wilder hopes to get a shot at regaining the title with a win. However, to get there, he has to face a hearty, hungry fighter in the form of Robert Helenius.

Robert Helenius has yet to fight for the WBC world heavyweight title, but a win over Wilder would surely put his name in the conversation for the next shot at it. Helenius won the IBF Heavyweight belt over Erkan Teper back in 2018, but Deontay Wilder will be his hardest fight to date without question. Wilder has the most power of anyone Helenius has fought, and he needs to be careful with his aggression.

Helenius is an outrageously aggressive fighter who sacrifices defense to land his own shots. He often trades his blows and hopes he can land the harder shot when he takes one on the chin to land his own shots. This aggression could prove to be fatal against a skilled counter fighter like Wilder, but it could also be the thing that gets him the win. If Helenius were to sit back in the fight, Wilder would control it top-to-bottom with his athleticism and footwork. Maybe Helenius' aggression is his best shot in this fight?

From a sheer value perspective, I am taking a shot on Helenius. Is Helenius the most technical fighter Wilder has faced? No. Is he the "best"? No. But Helenius hits hard. Helenius throws caution to the wind to land his own shots, and that honestly seems like the only way he can pull off the upset. Of course, Wilder hits hard, too, but he's -350 to win by knockout in this fight.

The value lies with Helenius here. How will Wilder come out a year after suffering the most significant loss of his career, which also happened to be a brutal knockout? Wilder also lost to Fury not once but twice after sitting on the WBC throne for several years, defending his world WBC belt ten times. Both men are getting up there in age, but Wilder has been in more wars in the same length of career.

Am I saying Helenius will win easily? No. But if there were ever a time to fade Wilder, it would be at this point in his career. All it takes is one shot at heavyweight, and Helenius is a madman in the ring. I'll take a shot on him to land the biggest win of his career and shock the boxing world.

Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius Pick

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.


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