This past weekend, Wilder, 36, made a comeback to the ring with the goal of overcoming his first career losing streak in his second and third bouts against Tyson Fury. To say Wilder accomplished that would be an understatement.
Robert Helenius was put out of his misery by Wilder, who only only one round to finish the job. This knockout marked Wilder's 42nd triumph in his 43-fight professional boxing career. It was Helenius' first defeat since his defeat against Gerald Washington in July 2019.
Joe Rogan, a longtime UFC analyst and boxing fan, has been a persistent supporter of Wilder, but he was nonetheless awestruck by the performance. Mike Tyson is typically one of the first names brought up when people think of heavyweight boxers and the most dangerous of all time, and he is also debatably the best. Rogan thinks Wilder is the only person left atop the mountain right now.
“It’s absolutely f****** amazing the power that [Wilder] can generate,” Rogan said on Instagram. “He’s truly unlike anyone I’ve ever seen in the history of the heavyweight division. You can make no mistakes with this man. There have been many incredible KO artists in the history of boxing, but for my money, he’s the most impressive. If you look at this punch it wasn’t even with full leverage and his opponent instantly shuts off. It’s what the great Firas Zahabi calls ‘the touch of death.’”
The knockout's immediate aftermath made it especially unpleasant. As soon as the trigger was pulled, Helenius tensed up and collapsed to the ground with wide eyes. Such a spectacle led to Wilder's tearful post-match admission that he had been deeply concerned for his opponent. Helenius shared on social media on Sunday that he didn't have any significant injuries, but Wilder wished him well for the future.