Deontay Wilder apologizes to Robert Helenius for brutal KO after visiting Finnish heavyweight in his hotel room for the first time since being discharged from hospital
- Deontay Wilder returned to the ring on Saturday night to take on Robert Helenius
- The Bronze Bomber claimed his 42nd KO against the heavyweight contender
- Wilder told Helenius, 38, he was ‘sorry’ for knocking him out during their collision
- The Finnish heavyweight said he was sorry he didn’t give Wilder a better fight
- Helenius also revealed that he quit the sport after the brutal KO
Deontay Wilder went to visit Robert Helenius at his hotel on Sunday night and apologized for knocking him out during their clash on Saturday night.
The Bronze Bomber claimed his 42nd KO against the heavyweight contender by landing a devastating right hand to his chin during the first round of their fight.
Helenius was immediately taken to hospital because in the images in question, the Finnish boxer lay motionless on the floor immediately after the knockout.
Deontay Wilder has apologized to Robert Helenius for knocking him out on Saturday night
Wilder went to the 38-year-old’s hotel room after he was released from the hospital and apologized for the knockout.
‘Brother, are you okay? I love you husband. I’m sorry,” Wilder was heard to say as he rushed over to hug the Finnish heavyweight boxer in a video filmed by Esnews.
Helenius replied by saying, ‘I love you too. Do not be sorry. I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a better fight.’
Wilder snapped back, “You’ve done a great job. You did great. You did a great job,” before asking again if Helenius was okay.
The Bronze Bomber claimed his 42nd KO against the heavyweight contender by landing a devastating right hand to his chin in the first round on Saturday night (above)
The Finnish boxer motionless followed the thundering straight into Wilder’s face
Helenius admitted that Wilder “surprised him,” but insisted he was “all right” and that everything was “all right.”
Wilder went on to say, “You know I love you man and we all love you,” before telling Helenius that he was again “sorry.”
Helenius told Wilder he had no regrets and revealed that he was hanging up his gloves for good.
Helenius said, ‘This is your time. I have to say I’m out. I am 38 years old. I’ve been doing this for 25 years.
The Finnish heavyweight added: ‘Thank you for giving me the chance to fight you. I appreciate you so much.’
Wilder looked concerned at Helenius as he was crowned the winner (above)
Wilder replied: I appreciate you immensely. I appreciate all the rounds you could have given me. You are part of where I am now.
“I really appreciate you and everything you’ve done. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.’
However, the American heavyweight boxer expressed concerns about Helenius’ long-term health.
He said, “I know you feel good now, but it’s a week later, months and even years that I’m worried about because they don’t know. This is a difficult undertaking. We need people around us who love us.
Helenius went on to reassure the 38-year-old, he said don’t worry, I have my family. I also have this big crew [referring to his team].’