Deontay Wilder will be back in action after a year, and this time he wants to do it for the people.
The former WBC heavyweight champion of the world and a global boxing icon, is all set to make his long-awaited return to the ring against Robert Helenius scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
I’m doing it for the people this time: Deontay Wilder
It will be Wilder’s first fight since losing to longtime rival Tyson Fury in their trilogy back on 9th October last year and while appearing in a brand new episode of The Pivot Podcast, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ promised to do his best to please his fans.
“I give everything 110%,” Wilder told ex-NFL stars Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor on the podcast, “I tell people that I only have three years left in this business. I want to get back to the big fights and give the fans what they want to see, and this is me risking my life for other people’s entertainment…I’m doing it for the people this time. It’s not just about my family anymore, it’s about everyone I have motivated, inspired and encouraged all over the world.”
The former longtime WBC world heavyweight champion, who held the green and gold belt from 2015 to 2020 with one of the best knockout percentages in boxing history, admitted that he had a nervous temper, but has gradually learned how to put things in the right place.
“I never knew why I had a nervous temper,” Wilder went on, “But over time you learn to put things in perspective and that’s my story. I had to understand what was worth intervening and what was not. Especially when you start having kids, because everything you do is about them. That’s when I had to start thinking about my actions because I knew that if I wasn’t in their life, no one would be fed.”
“When you step into a boxing ring, you become organized. It’s a structure and a discipline. It takes a certain level to fight and succeed in doing something. When I had my first training session, I realized I could be someone. The only reason I even went to the gym was to become a “companion”, because I was just doing it because my daughter had spina bifida. It led me to the gym,” he added.