After 12 months outside of the ring, American Deontay Wilder returns to action as he prepares to tackle Finnish giant Robert Helenius.
Wilder was last in action in October 2021, losing to Tyson Fury for a second time as their epic trilogy came to an end in brutal fashion.
Wilder, the former WBC heavyweight champion, is now trying to rebuild his career, and he will hope to end his fight early before planning another run at a world title.
|What||Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius|
|Where||Barclays Center, Brooklyn|
|When||05:00am, Sunday 16th October 2022|
|How to watch||FITE.TV|
|Odds||Deontay Wilder 1/8, Robert Helenius 5/1|
The two heavyweights are due to fight on Sunday, 16th October 2022.
The main card is due to start around 02:00am on Sunday morning, while the ringwalks for the main event are expected to start at 05:00am. The timing for the main event may fluctuate depending on the results from the main card.
The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Wilder will be unfazed by the venue, having fought at the famous arena on four occasions.
Helenius is also well travelled, and he fought at the Barclays Center in 2020, beating Adam Kownacki in the fourth round.
The fight will be broadcast on FITE.TV in the UK.
Wilder is as short as 1/8 to win this month's fight against Helenius. "The Bronze Bomber" has mixed with some world-class opponents and even though he has lost his last two bouts, he is still expected to have too much power for his opponent.
Helenius is as big as 5/1 to win, and while he has always impressed at European level, "The Nordic Nightmare" may struggle to cope with Wilder's power for the full 12 rounds.
Former WBC champion Wilder will sadly not be able to compete for a belt on this occasion, but the winner of this month's fight will be pushing for a world title shot in the early part of 2023.
Wilder's record is one to be proud of, even after successive defeats to Fury. The Alabama fighter has had 45 contests since making his debut in 2008, and he has won 42 of them.
Wilder is well known for his incredible one-punch power, and 41 of his opponents have failed to see the final bell. All the blemishes on his record come against Fury, with their first contest ruled a draw in controversial circumstances.
He has since lost successive fights by knockout, with Fury's change in tactics proving too much for the American.
Helenius has not had as many fights as Wilder, but he has still enjoyed a very successful career at a respectable level. The Finn also started his career in 2008, but he has never won a world title, unlike Wilder.
The 38-year-old is coming to the end of his career, but after a 14-year spell inside the ring, he has 20 knockout wins from 31 victories.
He has been beaten on three occasions, with Johann Duhaupas, Dillian Whyte and Gerald Washington proving too much for him earlier in his career.
Fight fans are in for a treat, with Caleb Plant and Anthony Dirrell meeting in a WBC super-middleweight title eliminator on the undercard.
That fight is worthy of hosting its own show, while Frank Sanchez faces fellow heavyweight Carlos Negron earlier in the evening.
At bantamweight, Gary Antonio Russell tackles Emmanuel Rodriguez for the second time in 12 months, after their first fight was ruled a no contest due to an accidental headbutt - meaning Rodriguez was unable to continue.