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Deontay Wilder is back with a vengeance – KO’s Robert Helenius in the first round

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Deontay Wilder defeated his former sparring partner Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius via a first-round knockout. Photo via USA Today Sports

Deontay Wilder is back with a vengeance. Last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the 36-year-old heavyweight once again showed that he possesses one of the most devastating knockout powers in the history of the sport.

Early in the first round against Finnish-Swede Robert Helenius, “The Bronze Bomber” caught his opponent with a vicious right as he was moving in. The flush single punch knocked out Helenius cold, dropped him flat on his back and the fight was over.

“Who’s next?” Wilder said after the fight. “I’m down for whatever. Whether it’s Andy Ruiz, Oleksandr Usyk or whoever. I’m back!”

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Deontay Wilder improves to 43-2-1 with 42 KO’s

With the instant knockout win against Helenius, Wilder is now 43-2-1, with mind-blowing 42 KO’s. “The Bronze Bomber” is now back in the win column again after back-to-back losses against Tyson Fury in February 2020 and October 2021.

Wilder held the WBC heavyweight belt from 2015 to 2020, making ten successful defenses, as well as winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

In the co-main event at Barclays Center, Caleb Plant defeated Anthony Dirrell by knockout. In the ninth round, Plant landed a heavy left hook that put Dirrell out.

He is now back in the win column after his loss to Canelo Alvarez in November last year.

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