DEONTAY WILDER has confirmed he will be returning to the boxing ring.
The American has not fought since a devastating 11th-round KO loss to nemesis Tyson Fury in October last year.
That was the pair’s trilogy match, with Fury winning the second and drawing their first meeting.
Wilder has weighed in on whether it’s time to hang up the gloves – but his fans will be rejoicing in his big announcement.
The 36-year-old will fight Robert Helenius on October 15 in Brooklyn.
The Bronze Bomber said: “It has been a long journey for me and from today it continues.
“I’ve thought so many times about staying out of business or coming back.
“When I got my statue in my hometown and saw so many people arriving and celebrating with me and my family, seeing all the emotion, grown men crying in front of their children and saying he was a true king gave me the feeling my work is not done.
“So here I am again looking forward to getting back in the ring. I look forward to coming to the Barclays Center, a place where I’ve had my most devastating knockouts and a place I consider my second home.
“So where are all my Bombzquad people? It’s time to put on your war gear. And let’s get to work, baby. Bombzquad is back!“
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Helenius, meanwhile, has won his last three fights and is aiming for a step up to world level.
The 38-year-old Swedish heavyweight is new to boxing in the United States, having spent most of his career to date in Europe.
The fight will be a definitive eliminator for Wilder’s old WBC title, currently held by the Gypsy King.
But he will be forced to give up the belt after announcing his retirement from the sport.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6023053/deontay-wilder-boxing-comeback-robert-helenius/ Deontay Wilder’s boxing return CONFIRMED for October 15 against Helenius in first fight since losing Tyson Fury trilogy