- The latest boxing odds have Deontay Wilder as a -850 betting favorite for his return.
- Wilder’s opponent is Finland’s Robert Helenius, a European veteran at heavyweight with a career professional record of 31-3 and who is the underdog in this fight at +510 odds.
- Wilder vs Helenius takes place on Saturday, October 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Deontay Wilder returns in his first fight since losing to Tyson Fury for the second consecutive time, ending the trilogy between the two heavyweight stars.
Wilder dropped the last two fights of the series. Wilder now has a chance to build his career back up as the overwhelming favorite against European journeyman Robert Helenius in mid-October in a scheduled comeback fight for the former WBC heavyweight champion.
Below we give our fight prediction for this heavyweight clash between Wilder and Helenius.
Wilder vs Helenius Odds
Deontay Wilder is the heavy favorite in this matchup, with oddsmakers from various boxing betting sites pricing Wilder between -700 and -850 depending on the sportsbook. BetMGM and FanDuel are offering the best price on Wilder at -700 odds, while FanDuel users will have to settle for -850 odds at the time of writing to bet on the favorite.
Helenius underdog price varies from +510 at FanDuel to as low as +450 over at BetMGM. Caesars Sportsbook has the odds set at -750 for Wilder as the fave and +500 odds for Helenius as the dog.
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius Prediction
The boxing world finally will get to see the return of Deontay Wilder as the fan favorite at heavyweight makes his return after ending his trilogy of fights with Tyson Fury as the humbled loser of the rivalry.
Wilder is coming into this fight after back-to-back humblings against his biggest rival, ending both fights via KO/TKO as it was clear by the end of the trilogy that he cannot hang with Tyson Fury. The good news for Wilder, the opponent he faces in his return is nowhere near the level of Fury and he is expected to return to his victorious ways in this bout.
Helenius is coming off back-to-back wins against Adam Kownacki that earned him the opportunity for a big step up in opponent.
The rematch TKO win on the Fury-Wilder III undercard likely earned Helenius his biggest fight ever, but now the Finnish fighter has the tall task of standing in the ring with one of the best heavyweights of this era.
Is Helenius on the level of Tyson Fury or his opponent in Deontay Wilder? Absolutely not. But is he a live underdog after two straight surprise victories against Kownacki? Helenius absolutely is as he has a puncher’s chance of continuing Wilder’s late career decline with a shock victory.
In a fight between a heavy favorite who has lost his last two fights and a heavy underdog who is on a three-fight streak of knockout victories, it is hard to justify laying the price on Wilder.
Helenius is the play to make at +510 odds, with those who want to bet on Wilder left to wait for the prop market prices to release as it is just not a good idea to place much faith in Wilder off the back of two losses at such a short price.
Betting Pick: Helenius
Bob Arum Favors Wilder Over Usyk
Bob Arum believes unified heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder may defeat Oleksandr Usyk should they fight. Arum believes that Usyk is too small for the formidable Wilder and doesn’t punch like him. You can’t deny Arum’s loyalty to his own fighters.
Meanwhile, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn disagrees, he believes that Wilder wouldn’t win a round against Usyk.
“Wilder wouldn’t win a round, but I wouldn’t wish him on my worst enemy because Wilder, as he showed against Tyson Fury, is a tough, tough out,” said Bob Arum to Fighthype when told that Eddie Hearn said that Deontay Wilder won’t win a round against Oleksandr Usyk.
In a fight against Usyk, sure Wilder has a puncher’s chance. Likely, we’d see Usyk be too technical and take over just like he did against Joshua in both fights.
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