(Video) Deontay Wilder knocks Helenius out cold in first round of comeback

Deontay Wilder stopped Robert Helenius in a memorable performance to mark his return to the ring.

Wilder competed for the first time since his second consecutive loss to Tyson Fury more than a year ago. He thinks that his return would result in him being re-capturing the title of heavyweight world champion.

Wilder defeated old sparring partner Helenius with ease. He dropped Helenius to the mat, at which point Helenius needed medical assistance.

In the beginning, Wilder took his time to shake off ring rust. He then attacked with a right hand that was high, broad, and not especially potent. Helenius was happy to box aggressively while being cautious of Wilder’s strength.

And cautious he ought to have been because a right hand from Wilder dropped Helenius to the ground with just a few seconds left in the round.

Wilder said: “It’s amazing to be back in Brooklyn. This arena is like a second home to me.”

“It feels so good to be back; when I came off the plane and set my foot on the ground I felt a great energy. I felt the love and I felt the support and that’s all I needed. I knew it was going to be a great night for me and it was.”

“I was trying to keep my distance because Robert has a heart of a champion and I knew what he was capable of. I didn’t take him for granted and I looked him in the eyes and he really wanted it. When they fight Deontay Wilder they come with their A++ game”

“I set him up, I allowed him to reach and when he reached, I tagged him. It was a great fight and who’s next? I’ve been hearing rumours about [Oleksandr] Usyk but I see he’s not here. Most of the times guys say they want me and they come to shows of mine, they knockouts out like that they turn. the corner.”

“I’m ready for whoever, whether it’s Andy Ruiz or Usyk, bring it on. Deontay Wilder is back, the excitement in the division is back. There is no heavyweight division without Deontay Wilder, that’s fact!”