On October 9, 2021, former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder came up on the short end of one of the greatest heavyweight fights in recent memory. Since then, he’s contemplated retirement, released music of his own and embarked on a few business adventures. Ultimately, he found his way back into the ring for a first-round knockout of Robert Helenius at the Barclays Center. While his knockout of Helenius was eye-catching, many fans have wondered when the Alabama native will return to the ring. During a recent interview with KO Artist Sports, he appeared to answer those questions to a degree.
“There’s been a lot of stuff going on, and the things I’ve been hearing are the things you’ve been hearing. I’ll put it like this, it’s all going in the right direction,” Wilder said during the interview.
“I’ll maybe be out two times this year, still two times this year. We’ve been working very hard and been doing our due diligence to put on the great fights and give the fans what they want to see.”
Wilder has expressed an interest in fighting former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, current unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and former UFC Heavyweight Champion. However, none of those fights have come to fruition. Usyk appears headed for a fight with Daniel Dubois in August while Joshua was reportedly sent a contract from Tyson Fury for a fight in September. Still, Wilder promises fans that it will be a “beautiful” end to the year for him and his career.
“I think people are going to be pleased with the way we’ve been dealing with business. It’s going to be a beautiful year,” Wilder continued.
“That’s all I’m going to say!”