Great Britain

Deontay Wilder sparring with 6ft 6inch heavyweight Robert Helenius to prepare for Tyson Fury’s height in trilogy fight

DEONTAY WILDER has drafted in the help of gigantic heavyweight Robert Helenius to help him prepare for Tyson Fury.

The American is set to face Fury in their anticipated trilogy bout on October 9 after months of delay.

Helenius - known as 'The Nordic Nightmare' - has helped Wilder overcome the issues of matching the Gypsy King's 6ft 9in frame.

The Finish veteran is only three inches shorter than Fury and brings a wealth of experience into the ring.

British fans may recognise Helenius, 37, for his controversial 2011 points win over Derek Chisora, 37, or 2017 loss to Dillian Whyte, 33.

More recently, he upset Polish-American Adam Kownacki, 32, and the pair are set to rematch on Wilder's undercard in Las Vegas.

Wilder, 35, was dethroned of the WBC title in February 2020 after initially drawing with Fury, 33, in 2018.

They were then contracted to a trilogy fight, but amid the coronavirus pandemic it was continuously delayed.

BETTING SPECIAL - GET JOSHUA TO WIN IN ROUNDS 1-6 AT 60/1 OR ANYTIME AT 25/1

So much so that Fury tried to walk away to instead face Anthony Joshua, 31, for the undisputed crown.

But Wilder took his right to a rematch to arbitration and at the 11th hour was awarded the verdict.

It left Joshua ordered to face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, 34, this Saturday before he can kick back and relax to watch Fury's trilogy as a fan.

He told  Sky Sports: "I believed Tyson Fury could potentially do what he done.

"I just felt like, Deontay Wilder is a formidable ex-champion and has a chance to come back, but I just knew that when he gets to the top level, it will be difficult, because it's one thing getting there and it's another thing staying there.

"We've seen in some of his fights, it's been difficult for him and then he lands his punch and he's been victorious.

"But I always believe that when you go to war, you can't have one weapon in your arsenal, which was his right hand.

"Once that was taken away from him, which Fury did, I'm not going to go into tactics, but he was able to annihilate Wilder and expose him for some of his weaknesses.

"Fury did a great job tactically and I'm looking forward to their rematch."

Tyson Fury's dad John says his son will send Deontay Wilder into retirement

Football news:

Ajax fans set off fireworks at the stadium at the match with Borussia
Guardiola on coronavirus: I am vaccinated, I trust doctors and scientists. We see how many deaths there are in England
Griezmann caught up with Giroud in goals in the Champions League (35) and shares 5th place with him among the French
In Amsterdam, fireworks are not only on the field, but also in the stands. The public relations of Ajax and Borussia fans
Mbappe has 46 (28+18) points on the goal+pass system in 48 games in the Champions League
Atletico conceded twice before the 15th minute for the first time under Simeon
Guardiola pro 5-1 with Brugge: One of Man City's best games in European competitions