Deontay Wilder hopes Oleksandr Usyk is 'a man of his word', vows to 'go straight for the titles'

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'The Bronze Bomber' returns to the ring later this month. He has not fought since his loss against Tyson Fury in their trilogy bout in October 2021.

Helenius will be a tough test and if he wins, Usyk is the man he wants to fight next.

Usyk is set to be in attendance to watch Wilder vs Helenius, with the two-weight world champion calling out the American amid the infuriating mess that was the negotiations to make Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua.

Wilder has now proclaimed that he intends to go "straight for the belts" as he looks to become a two-time world heavyweight champion. "I'm going straight for the titles. I hear that Oleksandr Usyk will be at the fight and I also hear that if Robert Helenius wins he is mandatory challenger for that belt," Wilder said. "Usyk is talking about fighting the winner of this fight and on the outside looking in I like him as a person and I value that, so I hope he is a man of his word and wants to face the winner. "Hopefully he is a man of his word and when I look through him I see Wilder versus Usyk for the winner of all the belts. "Most of the time in my career I have always been the one to bless fighters with a title shot so it's nice to be on the other side. "I had to fight through anything and everything to get here and if so then that is a great fight with Usyk but I'm not looking past Helenius."

Wilder came out of the Fury trilogy looking very strong as he gave a good account of himself in each bout. He gave 'The Gypsy King' the toughest fights of his career and there is a case to be made that he is currently the world's third-best heavyweight behind Fury and Usyk. Usyk vs Wilder would make for a fascinating fight as skill meets punch power. This is one major heavyweight clash we must see in 2023.

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