Deontay Wilder, 36, reveals he will only be fighting “three more years” as the heavyweight star retires at 40

DEONTAY WILDER only wants to fight for “three more years” – to retire at 40.

The former WBC champion returns next Saturday in New York against ex-sparring partner Robert Helenius, 38.

Deontay Wilder wants to retire at 40

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Deontay Wilder wants to retire at 40

Wilder, 36, has vowed to start a run back to the heavyweight title but has set a strict time limit to do so.

He said: “I just want to invest for three more years.

“By late 40s, we don’t have to guess about Deontay Wilder. We don’t have to accept.

“You’re hearing it from the horse’s mouth now because a lot of mediums would rather be first than right, especially when it comes to me, you know?

“But you can hear it from me right here. You know I just wanna give him three more years, like late 40’s [before] to be 41

“And then I want to be done with it.”

Wilder, who held the WBC title from 2015 to 2020, lost the belt to 34-year-old Tyson Fury after his 2018 draw.

And his career was called into question after a brutal round 11 knockout in the epic trilogy fight in October 2021.

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But Wilder was convinced to make a comeback in boxing after a statue of him was placed at his home in Alabama.

It promises a few more years for the Bronze Bomber before he hangs up the gloves to focus on ventures outside the ring.

Wilder said: “I want to pursue other things that I’ve set my mind to and I want to enjoy the rest of my life with my kids and build, build, build [on] this generational wealth.”

Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius are former sparring partners

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Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius are former sparring partnersPhoto credit: Instagram @heleniusrobert

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