Deontay Wilder On Barclays Center- Second Home To Me
Former WBC heavyweight champ The Bronze Bomber, Deontay Wilder is ready to return for the first time in a year, when he steps through the ropes at a familiar place. And, Wilder made clear that being back in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center makes him feel confident.
Wilder and his opponent, Robert Helenius, met with the media for the final time before their Saturday night PBC/Fox Sports PPV, and the “Bronze Bomber” added more,
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“There’s an electrifying energy that this arena possesses. I’ve had some of my most exciting knockouts right here. When I got off the plane, the energy just felt amazing. It almost feels like a second home to me.
“I put on my best performances here at Barclays Center. I’m not looking for anything less than another great performance. There’s a lot on the line and I think that I have the right opponent to give the fans what they want to see.”
He’s referencing a chance at another KO, just like several of the spectacular ones he’s had in Brooklyn. Those include: his rematch and first round destruction of Bermane Stiverne in November 2017, a followup 10th round TKO in a wild fight four months later over Luis “King Kong” Ortiz and then, another one punch easy KO in the first round with Dominic Breazeale in May 2019.
All three times demonstrated why Wilder has been a dangerous, fan favorite in New York.
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Now, comes the battle with his former sparring partner Robert Helenius, who scored a huge, career defining win himself in the Barclays Center also, when he stopped Adam Kownacki in March of 2020. Helenius said Thursday that he’s felt Wilder’s punch, albeit with bigger gloves and headgear in sparring, and he believes he’ll be ready,
“Of course I respect his power. We’ve worked on our footwork and jabs a lot and we’ve been at it the whole year. I like being the underdog. It gives me more strength and more power in training camp and when we eventually get into the ring.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in myself. If I didn’t think that I could become the heavyweight world champion, I would have got an easier job.”
Now, we’ll see if Helenius can take that big right hand from Wilder, when it’s all on the line Saturday night. Or, will “Bronze Bomber” do what he’s done to several others in this situation/setting?