Tuscaloosa-native and former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-2-1) appears on the verge of making his comeback to the squared-circle. "The Bronze Bomber" hasn't boxed since falling to Tyson Fury for the second time in October 2021 and there were whispers that the former champion was headed toward retirement.

Frank Warren, the owner of Queensberry Promotions and founder of British boxing television channel BoxNation recently joined talkSPORT Boxing and revealed that he's hearing Wilder may be ready to make his return.

Warren said he's heard that The Bronze Bomber will return to the ring in October against ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ Robert Helenius (31-3).

"There’s no doubt that was a bad knockout against Tyson Fury who was a tough fight for him. Deontay is fighting in October; he’s coming back, and they’re talking about him fighting Robert Helenius, and that’ll be in the States," said Warren.

Helenius is currently riding a three-fight win streak and has defeated Adam Kownacki in two-straight fights, by fourth-round TKO and sixth-round TKO.

Both fighters have heavy hands as Wilder has notched 41 knock-outs and Helenius has 20 knock-outs.

The fight pairing has not officially been agreed upon but there appears to be behind-the-scenes movement toward the heavyweight matchup. Warren acknowledged that should Helenius not be the matchup that Wilder would have interest in fighting the winner of the upcoming Anthony Joshua - Oleksandr Usyk rematch in August.

No matter who Wilder squares off against the city of Tuscaloosa will be interested in supporting The Bronze Bomber. The city unveiled a statue to honor the homegrown former heavyweight champion on the River Walk in May.

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