DEONTAY WILDERN'S boxing return could come soon with Robert Helenius being one of the "several names" in negotiations.
Wilder's future was in jeopardy last October after a devastating defeat in his epic trilogy fight with Tyson Fury.
Deontay Wilder's return to boxing could be announced next Wednesday
Recently, however, the American was captured training again and was spotted bumping into Francis Ngannou (35), at a UFC training facility.
Shelly Finkel, Wilder's manager, has revealed that an agreement is in place for Wilder to fight again. It could happen next week.
SunSport in New York, Finkel said: "Spoke on Tuesday with him, he couldn’t be happier.
He's having a blast and getting more attention than ever. He is happy to be out in Vegas training.
"He is at the UFC gym training. We don't know where the next fight will take place yet, but I hope that we can have it together within the next week.
"I believe next week we'll likely have an agreement, and then an announcement."
After being floored three more times, Wilder was knocked out by Fury in round 11. Fury scored two knockdowns.
The former WBC champion then stopped talking, which left his future in boxing in doubt.
However, talk soon began to surface about Wilder's possible return. Wilder was seen again in public and is now back in training.
Frank Warren, Fury's promoter, claimed that the Bronze Bomber would be fighting his sparring partner Helenius.
Finkel clarified that a deal has not been reached with the heavyweight Finish finisher, 38, but they are still in negotiations.
He stated, "There is nothing done."
Frank and I were pretty close and Frank asked me, "Are you looking at Helenius? Because I'm interested to him for Daniel Dubois.
"I said, "Yeah. I'm interested" in Deontay. Then, he suddenly tells people that. That's how it all began.
"At the moment, he is just one of many we're considering."
Finkel stated that Wilder's return date is in 2022's last quarter, which means he will fight before the end of the year.
Robert Helenius and Deontay Wilder were sparring partners in the past.
Boxing manager Shelly Finkel, and Deontay wilder in 2018