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Helenius: I'm doing everything in my power to beat Wilder

Robert Helenius has vowed to do "everything in his power" to inflict a stunning upset that would ruin Deontay Wilder's plans to regain a world title.

Wilder returns to boxing following last year's defeat by Tyson Fury in an eliminator for the WBC heavyweight title, the belt he used to hold, but he needs to overcome the in-form Helenius in Brooklyn on October 15.

For Finland's Helenius it will be the major opportunity of his career. He knows Wilder well, having sparred with him for his last two fights with Fury, and is confident he can spring the upset.

I'm a different fighter from Fury so he [Wilder] is going to prepare differently," Helenius told Sky Sports.

"He made a good fight the last fight against Fury. Of course they were really tough fights but I think he improved every fight.

I see him as a completely new fighter and I know that people can change between fights. I don't think that [coming off a loss] is going to be a big problem, he has a lot of experience. I think it's going to be a really, really good fight."

Helenius had to beat Adam Kownacki twice over the course of 2020 and 2021 to even get himself to this eliminator. "I've been waiting for a fight this big for a long time now. I've been preparing since January," the 38-year-old said.

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