Robert Helenius is contemplating retirement after being knocked out in the first round of his WBC eliminator bout with Deontay Wilder on Saturday. The Nordic Nightmare was chopped down BY a short right hand and was rushed to the hospital after the fight.
Thankfully, the Finnish puncher was given the all-clear and returned to the hotel to share a touching moment with Wilder the following day. “You okay? I love you man. I’m sorry,” Wilder was heard saying as the pair embraced.
Helenius replied: “Don’t be sorry. This is your time, I’m out, I’ve been doing this for 25 years. Thanks for the opportunity.”
At the Post-fight press conference, Wilder was clearly shaken up by the brutality of the knockout as he broke down in tears. “My heart goes out to him and I hope he’s doing okay and he’ll be able to go back to his family,” said Wilder. “People always go on about records and all this.
“They said, ‘Oh he lost, oh he’s a bum,’ and all that. Well, you get your bum ass in there then… Yeah it’s a great knockout, it’s devastating, but how much is that man gonna suffer?”
Now, Helenius has given his first interview since the knockout loss. Speaking to Blue Blood Sports TV, he said: “I’m okay. I’m a little bit sad because I thought I could do better. He just caught me, that’s just boxing, he’s a good man. I respect him a lot. I’m glad that it was Wilder who I lost to.”
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After seemingly hinting at retirement during his chat with Wilder at the hotel, Helenius was asked whether he would in fact step away from the sport. In response, he said: “I can’t tell yet. But time will tell.”
The Nordic Nightmare finds himself at a career cross-road after catching a second wind with two big wins over Polish American prospect Adam Kownacki. At 38 years old, Helenius will now be forced to ask himself the question of whether he has anything left inside of him to begin rebuilding again.