DEONTAY WILDER has confirmed he WILL return to the boxing ring.
The American has not fought since a devastating 11th-round KO defeat to his nemesis Tyson Fury in October last year.
Deontay Wilder will return to the boxing ring on October 15
Robert Helenius will be Wilder’s first opponent since he lost for a second time to Tyson Fury
That was the pair’s trilogy fight, with Fury winning the second and drawing their first meeting.
Wilder has been weighing up whether the time was right to hang up the gloves – but his fans will be delighted at his big announcement.
The 36-year-old will fight in Brooklyn on October 15 against Robert Helenius.
The Bronze Bomber said: “It’s been a long journey for me and as of today it continues.
“I thought so many times about whether I should stay out of the business or come back.
“Once I got my statue in my hometown and saw so many people arrive and celebrate with me and my family, to see all the emotions, grown men crying in front of their children and saying he is a real true king, made me feel like my job is not done.
“So, here I am once again, looking forward to returning to the ring. I am looking forward to coming to Barclays Center, a place where I have had my most devastating knockouts and a place I consider my second home.
“So where all my Bombzquad people at? It’s time to put on your war gear. And let’s go to work, baby. Bombzquad is back!“
Helenius, meanwhile, has won his last three bouts and targeting a step up to world level.
The 38-year-old Swedish heavyweight is new to boxing in the United States with most of his career to date being in Europe.
The fight will be a final eliminator for Wilder’s old WBC title, currently held by the Gypsy King.
But he will be forced to relinquish the belt after announcing his retirement from the sport.
Wilder has previously sparred against Helenius
Wilder was out for the count as he lost to Fury for a second time last year
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